First things first: you’re going to be really busy for the next few months. Festival Season is rapidly approaching, and that means a veritable explosion of great food, go cups, and the most amazing music you’ve ever heard in your life. More often than not, New Orleans music is best absorbed with a group of friends, and it’s always accompanied by dancing and laughter.
But festival overload is a real thing. Probably. I’m just guessing here. But you do need the proper training to truly enjoy live music in New Orleans. And what better way to prepare than by hitting up half a dozen live shows this weekend? See, I’m right. Now do everything on this list.
Friday, March 25
Linnzi Zaorski – Catch great local piano player Linnzi Zaorski at d.b.a. for an early show Friday evening at 6 o’clock. This is the perfect way to wind down from your long week while getting into the groove of the weekend ahead. The great beer selection doesn’t hurt either.
Saturday, March 26
Hogs for the Cause – OK, this is an amazingly great event on many levels. First of all, Hogs for the Cause raises money to help children fighting incurable diseases. And it’s built around the triple threat of great food, great beer, and great music. So come out to City Park for a good cause, fill up your belly, and enjoy a great selection of music, from Anders Osborne to the Honey Island Swamp Band.
Sunday, March 27
Second Line Time – The Revolution Social Aid and Pleasure Club will hold their massive annual strut through Central City starting at 1 o’clock at the Ashé Cultural Arts Center. This year’s second line features the Stooges and Free Agents Brass Bands, so get ready to dance in the streets.
Ashé Cultural Arts Center
1712 O.C. Haley Boulevard
Hot 8 Brass Band – Catch the always amazing Hot 8 Brass Band at the Howlin Wolf’s “Den” at 9 o’clock for their Brass Band Sunday show. Perfect way to get ready for what will probably be a case of the Mondays.
Monday, March 28
Bob French – Beat back the Mondays blues at Irving Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse in the French Quarter with legendary drummer Bob French and the Original Tuxedo Brass Band. You won’t find a better example of traditional New Orleans jazz anywhere on the planet.
Irving Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse
300 Bourbon Street
So what are you doing this weekend?