Music of the week after Jazz Fest includes New Kids on the Block, Electric Yat Quartet | Keith Spera
After the last two weekends of wall-to-wall music at the first New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival since 2019, the city is a little calmer this week. But there is still much to hear.
THURSDAY MAY 12
Mixing folk music, Mississippi Delta blues, traditional jazz and roots rock, Luke Winslow King effortlessly mixes and matches vintage and contemporary musical styles. Hailing from Michigan, he has been a mainstay of the Frenchmen Street scene for years. He recorded his seventh album, “If These Walls Could Talk,” in Memphis, Tennessee, and crossed town this week on a brief tour. the Luke Winslow-King Band with Roberto Luti performs Thursday at 8 p.m. with the Washboard Chaz Trio at dba on Frenchmen Street. Tickets are $20.
New Orleans Modern Jazz Trio Expanded consists of Oscar Rossignoli at the piano, Matt Booth on bass and Brad Webb to the battery. They’ll be celebrating the release of Extended’s third album, “Without Notice,” with sets at 8 and 10 p.m. at Snug Harbor Jazz Bistro. Tickets are $30.
Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band do Zydeco Night at Rock ‘N’ Bowl from 8 p.m. Tickets are $17.
FRIDAY MAY 13
When the Electric Yat Quartet combines his violins and cello with the New Orleans Beatles tribute Morse, they are able to recreate the most orchestrated tracks from the Beatles catalog, including “Eleanor Rigby”, “Yesterday” and “All You Need Is Love”. Listen to them together at Tipitina at 9 p.m. Tickets are $15.
counter current is a cover band of a different kind, specializing in 80s arena rock by Journey, Bon Jovi, Van Halen, Motley Crue, Foreigner, and more. Contraflow rocks Rock ‘N’ Bowl at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $12.
Keyboardist Keiko Komaki and guitarist Peter Mark team up for Maple Leaf Bar’s “Courtyard Series” of outdoor concerts on the patio stage at 7 p.m.; tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Later Friday, bassist Tony roomwhose resume ranges from the Neville brothers to Dave Matthews to Dumpstaphunk, leads a group inside the Maple Leaf at 10 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door.
SATURDAY MAY 14
The Broadside Hosts “Musicians play to celebrate John Swenson” a benefit for the New Orleans Musicians Clinic in memory of John Swenson. Swenson built his reputation as a music journalist in New York in the 1970s, at the height of the era of rock criticism as a cultural icon. For years his signature has populated Rolling Stone, Crawdaddy, Creem, The Village Voice and Circus. He also wrote many books. Swenson discovered an entirely new musical universe when he first visited New Orleans on assignment in the mid-1980s. In 1999, he bought a house in Bywater after being hired as editor of OffBeat magazine. He spent the next 22 years chronicling New Orleans musicians, until his death from cancer in March at the age of 71.
The Musicians’ Clinic benefit at the Broadside in his honor features performances by James Andrews and the Crescent City Allstars, Ed Volker, Debbie Davis, Davis Rogan, Helen Gillet, 101 Runners with Monk Boudreaux, Joe Cabral, Andy J. Forest, Michael Skinkus, Dayna Kurtz and Don Bartholomew and the Bartholomew Boyz. The show is from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Admission is $15.
the Stooges Marching Band van was stolen after a rehearsal on April 27, disappearing outside the home of a band member’s mother in Central City. It contained a keyboard, a synthesizer, two drum kits, a guitar amplifier and other equipment. The van was eventually recovered, but the equipment was missing. A GoFundMe campaign, along with $12,000 from the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Economy and the New Orleans Cultural Tourism Fund, provided enough to replace the merchandise. The musicians will put their new instruments to good use at Tipitina on Saturday at 9 p.m. Tickets are $12.
New Orleans jazz singer Cindy Scott leads a quintet in Snug Harbor which includes a second vocalist, Christian Boldaccompanied by the pianist Jenna McSwainguitarist Brian Seegerbass player Matt Booth and drummer Jameson Ross. Shows are at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Tickets are $30.
The alternative rock band from New Orleans Neutral Snap released their second full-length album, “Tell Me How I Feel,” in the fall of 2021. From the harsh “Go Ahead” to the melodic chorus of “I Think I’m Falling In Love With a Girl From the Circus” and the anthem “Sleeves”, it’s an exuberant alternative rock exercise clearly influenced by Blink-182 and Fall Out Boy. Listen to Neutral Snap at Rock ‘N’ Bowl at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $12.
singer/guitarist Tommy Malone, of the Subdudes and former guitarist of the Neville Brothers Eric Struthers collaborate for a “Courtyard Series” show on the Maple Leaf Bar’s outdoor patio stage at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door.
SUNDAY MAY 15
Veteran local saxophonist Brent Rose presents his Latin Quintet at Snug Harbor for shows at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Tickets are $25.
WEDNESDAY MAY 18
The concept behind New kids on the block MixTape Tour is simple: bring together several artists from the 1980s, when NKOTB was at its commercial peak, and tap into the nostalgia of MTV’s early years. The 2022 Mixtape Tour follows the same formula as NKOTB’s inaugural Mixtape Tour in 2019, but with a slightly different undercard. The not-so-New Kids will trot again “Step By Step”, “I’ll Be Loving You (Forever)”, “Hangin’ Tough” and other hits. As with the 2019 tour, they will be joined by Salt-N-Pepa doing “Whatta Man”, “Shoop” and “Push It”. Rounding out the 2022 list are Fashionablefrom “Free your Mind”, “Hold On” and “Don’t Let Go (Love)”, and Rick Asleycreator of “Never Gonna Give You Up”, which started the “RickRoll” craze.
As a prelude to the tour, the four artists collaborated on the single “Bring Back the Time” written by Donnie Wahlberg. The accompanying video features members of NKOTB, Salt-N-Pepa, En Vogue and Astley playfully spoofing famous 80s music videos, including Journey’s “Separate Ways” – which was filmed on the docks of the Mississippi to New Orleans – “We” by Twisted Sister re Not Gonna Take It”, “Addicted to Love” by Robert Palmer and “I Ran” by Flock of Seagulls.
Showtime for the 2022 Mixtape Tour stop at the Smoothie King Center on Wednesday is 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $24 plus service charge.