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2015 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival: Music Picks 

Concerts and festivals around New Orleans

New Orleans Country Festival
9 p.m. daily, through April 28-29
Mag's 940, 940 Elysian Fields Ave., (504) 948-1888;
The inaugural celebration of New Orleans' Americana, alt-country, folk and bluegrass scene hosts four nights of music (beginning April 26) and closes out with Pat Reedy & The Longtime Goners, The Wasted Lives, The Deslondes and Lachlan Bryan & the Wildes on April 28, and Jonny Kashner & The Hatchet Boys, Miss Martha & her Goodtime Gang, The Western Sweethearts and Modern Eldorados on April 29.

Noon-10 p.m. Wednesday, April 29
The Truck Farm, 3020 St. Claude Ave.;
Tickets are $30 online, $35 at the gates
Named after Washboard Chaz, this locals-only, musician-founded festival features two stages of music and performers Rory Danger & the Danger Dangers, King James & the Special Men, Helen Gillet's Other Instrument Band, Herringbone Orchestra, Luke Allen, Alex McMurray and others.

Megalomaniacs Ball
9 p.m. Wednesday, April 29
The Howlin' Wolf, 907 S. Peters St., (504) 529-5844;
Tickets $25
The 2015 installment of this annual concert series features Steel Punk, with an all-star lineup including H.R. of Bad Brains, Rocky George of Suicidal Tendencies, Down's Pepper Keenan, Dave Rosser of Afghan Whigs and several other familiar names. Also on the bill are James Singleton, Marco Benevento with Stanton Moore, and the Mike Dillon Band.

Shorty Fest
7 p.m. Thursday, April 30
Generations Hall, 310 Andrew Higgins Drive, (504) 581-4367;www.
Tickets $55
Trombone Shorty's third annual fundraiser for the Trombone Shorty Foundation features performances from the namesake artist with Ivan Neville, Corey Henry & Treme Funktet, an all-star tribute to Big Chief Monk Boudreaux and more.

Mande at Midnight series
11:30 p.m. Monday, May 2
Chickie Wah Wah, 2828 Canal St., (504) 304-4714;
This late-night series at Chickie Wah Wah concludes with African music from kora player Yacouba Sissoko (who has worked with Paul Simon and Baaba Maal), sabar players Morcoumba Gueye and Magatte Fall, and drummer Papa Diouf (Thione Seck) and others. Also performing are Raja Kassis and New York-based, Mali-inspired outfit Benyoro.

10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, May 3
Scout Island, Brechtel Park, Algiers
Free admission
The 10th annual experiment-friendly music festival features psych-rocker Buoyant Sea, noise artists Proud Father and Rotten Milk and  others. This year also includes a kids' stage (hosted by guitarist Rob Cambre) and a goat petting zoo.

Fiya Fest
Noon-8 p.m. Friday, May 1
Mardi Gras World, 1380 Port of New Orleans;
Tickets $65
Dozens of artists participate in all-star jam sessions, including a tribute to the late Big Chief Bo Dollis featuring Big Chiefs Monk Boudreaux and Bo Dollis Jr., Cyril Neville and others. The New Orleans Social Club features George Porter Jr., Leo Nocentelli, Ivan Neville, Henry Butler and Raymond Weber. There also is food from local restaurants and food trucks. Proceeds benefit The Roots of Music and the New Orleans Musicians' Clinic.

Music at Zeitgeist
9:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 28 and 9 p.m. Friday, May 1
Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center, 1618 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., (504) 352-1150;
Tickets $10
Among the avant-garde offerings at Zeitgeist during Jazz Fest are electronic artist Timeghost with industrial-influenced duo Ora Iso and ambient drone artist Psychic Hotline on April 28. Bassist James Singleton performs an encore of his Jazz Fest Orchestra on May 1.

Nevilles Forever: A Celebration of the Neville Brothers and Their Music
9 p.m. Saturday, May 2
Saenger Theatre, 1111 Canal St., (504) 525-1052;
Tickets $95-$550
Don Was — who helmed a massive tribute to Dr. John at the Saenger Theatre last year — arranges this tribute concert for the New Orleans music family. Aaron, Art, Charles and Cyril Neville will perform, as well as Widespread Panic, Allen Toussaint, Irma Thomas, Galactic and others.

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