I am bringing you this month’s show roundup from the inside of a sprinter van while on the road with New Orleans’ own Tank and The Bangas, Big Freedia, and Naughty Professor. But I wouldn’t leave you without your list of innovative and unique local music shows for November.
Sweet Crude kicks off the month with one of their first shows back after their fall tour at the legendary dba on Frenchmen Street. Looking for music that may take you to another dimension? Cliff Hines (otherwise known as Mike Dillon’s guitarist) brings you solo project KLYPH, and Maggie Belle Band is back featuring drummer Tiff Lamson of GIVERS. Whatever you do, do NOT miss the Alanis Morrisette tribute show at Tipitina’s performed by members of The Kid Carsons, Sweet Crude, and Coyotes amongst others. You see Jagged Little Pill performed in its entirety and all your old flannel gets a much needed night out.
November 1: Good For Nothing’ Band at Maison at 4 p.m.
An original band from the word go, The Good For Nothin’ Band and its music is steeped in the history and the seedy underbelly of New Orleans culture. They draw their influences from jazz, blues, and funk and blend it all together into the rich tapestry of their songs.
November 2: Sweet Crude at d.b.a. at 10 p.m.
Sweet Crude returned from their fall tour and is back to making progressive music that also embraces this region’s French-speaking tradition. Through their journey as a band, Sweet Crude has joined a small but fervent group of young Louisianians engaged in keeping the language relevant through art and music.
November 6: KLYPH at Gasa Gasa at 9 p.m.
KL¥PH is an Electro/Noise/Dance band led by progressive guitarist Cliff Hines. Best known for his work with his band Hildegard, as well as touring with The Mike Dillon Band, Christian Scott, and Ricki Lee Jones, KL¥PH is an outlet for Hines to explore more experimental textures through the use of gritty analog synths and using Ableton to process his guitars into unrecognizable soundscapes. He also performs the music with a live band that features Khris Royal on vocoder, Nathan Lambertson on bass synth, John Maestas on Guitar, and Alfred Jordan on drums.
November 8: Little Cosmicana featuring Mighty Brother at Three Keys at 9 p.m.
Cosmicana, an annual event featuring the fresh faces of psych rock, indie, alt country, and folk from around the Southeast and beyond, gave way to Little Cosmicana which presents shows on a more regular basis in venues around the city. This month’s Little Cosmicana features Mighty Brother, an indie rock band with a genre-melting repertoire of upbeat originals ranging from Avett-inspired Americana to Radiohead-esque art rock. Soaring harmonies and striking melodies knit together an eclectic sound, guiding the listener through unconventional grooves and adventurous lyricism.
November 10: Miss Mojo at Tipitina’s at 8 p.m.
Miss Mojo is a soul-pop band based in New Orleans, LA that strives to move audiences through its potent songwriting and high-energy live performances. The band’s creative strength draws from neo-soul and New Orleans’ extensive funk tradition, producing smooth and soulful original music in which “hip” and “pop” flawlessly coexist. Years of playing in the city’s vibrant live music scene has sculpted Miss Mojo’s memorable performance style, which engages audiences and displays the band members’ passion for making music together. With the dynamic combo of Jenna Winston and Piper Browne serving as the voice of the band, Miss Mojo also seeks to use its platform to highlight the power of women through music.
November 12: Nutria at Bacchanal at 7:30 p.m.
Named after the infamous swamp rat, Nutria performs their genre-bending instrumental music with an emphasis on collective improvisation. Their music explores jazz, chamber music, and traditional music of the African diaspora and Eastern Europe while working within the groove traditions of New Orleans jazz.
November 13: Gregory Agid Quartet at Maison at 6:30 p.m.
While earning his bachelor’s degree in clarinet performance from Loyola University New Orleans, Agid dove into performing. In addition to playing alongside Delfeayo Marsalis and the Uptown Jazz Orchestra, the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, and Kristina Morales, he leads the Gregory Agid Quartet and performs regularly at The Spotted Cat, Snug Harbor, Maison, and Mimi’s in the Marigny.
November 14: Maggie Belle Band with Tiff Lamson of GIVERS at Three Keys at 9 p.m.
Maggie Belle Band has a sound that blends soul, R&B, funk, and blues with Maggie’s highly distinctive voice and heartfelt lyrics that captures the audience’s attention. Following up on their debut EP “Runnin’ Out,” the band has begun writing new material for a full-length album to be released later this year. The live show features a seven-piece band presenting a mix of the band’s brand new and older material, as well as a few funky and soulful covers that showcase Belle’s unique and powerful voice.
November 16: Alanis Morisette Tribute at Tipitina’s at 10 p.m.
Members of local bands like Sweet Crude, Coyotes, and Kid Carsons amongst others come together once a year to bring us the end-all-be-all in Alanis Morissette tribute shows. Give your inner nineties child some love while listening to Jagged Little Pill performed from beginning to end. Just don’t forget your flannel and ripped jeans.
Naughty Professor at Howlin’ Wolf at 9 p.m.
Naughty Professor is an iconoclastic New Orleans-based jazz-funk sextet whose adventurous recordings and horn-charged, high-energy live performances have earnedthem an enthusiastic fan base, critical acclaim, and widespread attention from their musical peers. Their diligent roadwork has established Naughty Professor as a beloved live act. Weaving together complex, inventive compositions and loose, organic improvisation, the band honors their hometown’s jazz, R&B and brass-band traditions while looking to the future.
November 18: Marina Orchestra at One Eyed Jacks at 9 p.m.
You absolutely cannot miss Marina Orchestra and their rock n’ roll soaked in tropical sunny vibes. Besides that, they have shared stages with Rusted Root, Future Islands, and Peelander Z and have even played at Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival.
November 21: Mia Borders at Maple Leaf Bar at 10 p.m.
Born and raised in New Orleans, Mia Borders’ powerhouse vocals and charismatic songwriting have made her a perennial figure in the regional music scene. Heralded locally and nationally as one of the city’s best talents, Borders has been featured on AXS.tv’s coverage of The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, and has performed at such renowned venues as Essence Festival, Brazil’s Bourbon Street Music Festival, House of Blues New Orleans, Tipitina’s, Santa Cruz Blues Fest, Chattanooga’s Night Fall, Voice of the Wetlands, Memphis’ Levitt Shell, Wakarusa, Long’s Park Amphitheater, 2012 Food & Wine Classic, and The Kennedy Center for Performing Arts. She has shared bills with B.B. King, Corinne Bailey Rae, Lee Fields, and Marc Broussard, among others.
November 23: Soul Rebels at Three Keys at 9 p.m.
The Soul Rebels began after an idea to expand upon both the pop music they loved on the radio as well as the New Orleans traditional brass they grew up on. They continue to chart new territory in feature films, global tours, and unparalleled musicianship that celebrates life, funk, and soul.
November 24: Benny and The Late Bloomers at Maple Leaf Bar at 8 p.m.
Benny and the Late Bloomers is the newest creation from Lettuce and Sonic Bloom trumpet player and vocalist Eric Benny Bloom. The Late Bloomers are a tight knit New Orleans based sextet led by trumpet player/vocalist that keep it funky all-night long.