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Nola live music letter for the week


Editor’s Note: There is so much live music in New Orleans, and sometimes it can be rather overwhelming to know what to hear, where to go, or what to do. Writer and music lover Wesley Hodges is giving weekly previews of the live music happening in New Orleans as well as some sneak previews into what is coming up. For a full view of Wesley’s suggestions, check out his facebook page.


Happy Holidays folks. What a night on Saturday at the Civic with Jim James wrapping up another year of live shows in NOLA for me. Easily one of the best shows I caught in town in 2016, the guy rarely disappoints whether with My Morning Jacket or any number of side projects. The Civic was electric and reports from the Anders run and Saturday night Jesus and Mary Chain shows were all glowing.

For a more extensive concert calendar, visit the WWOZ Livewire. Have a great week and safe travels if you’re leavin town. If you are staying in New Orleans, here are some holiday treats for your ears:


The Soul Rebels at The George + Joyce Wein Jazz and Heritage Center with Wendell Brunious (12/18)
PJ Morton at Blue Nile (12/20)
Arbitrary at Gasa Gasa (12/21)
The Soul Rebels at Le Bon Temps Roule (12/22)
Home for the Holidays with Cyril Neville, Trombone Shorty, Irma Thomas, John Boutte and more at House of Blues (12/22)

Marc Broussard at Southport Hall (12/23)
Mike Dillon Band at The Maple Leaf Bar (12/23)

Home for the Holidays with Cyril Neville, David Torkanowsky, Herlin Riley, Irma Thomas, James Andrews, James Singleton, Khris Royal, Rebirth Brass Band, Stanton Moore Trio and Robin Barnes at House of Blues (12/22)

Dr. John and the Nite Trippers at Tipitina’s (TWO SHOWS: 12/27 & 12/28)

PJ Morton at Blue Nile (12/27)

BeauSoleil Avec Michael Doucet at Red Dragon (12/30)

Kermit Ruffins at Blue Nile (12/30)

Space Jesus with Yheti at Republic New Orleans (12/30)

Johnny Vidacovich, Big Chief Monk Boudreaux, June Yamagashi and Charlie Wooten Project at Maple Leaf Bar (12/31)

Kermit Ruffins and the BBQ Swingers at Blue Nile (12/31)

The New Orleans Suspects at The Maison (12/31)

Tank and the Bangas at Three Keys at Ace Hotel (12/31)

The Soul Rebels at d.b.a. (12/31)

Galactic at Tipitina’s (12/31)

Pretty Lights LIVE at Mardi Gras World (12/30 & 12/31)

Foundation of Funk (George Porter Jr., Zigaboo Modeliste, Eddie Roberts and Robert Walter) and Dumpstaphunk at The Joy Theater (12/31)

The Revivalists with Seratones at Orpheum Theater (12/31)

Naughty Professor at Blue Nile (12/31)

The Soul Rebels at d.b.a. (12/31)



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