7 p.m. Thursday
New Orleans Arena, 1501 Girod St., 587-3822; www.neworleansarena.com
He may be Big Daddy Kane's hype man, a corporate mogul, Beyoncé's husband and the most notorious rapper alive, but to New Orleanians, Jay-Z remains hip-hop's other Carter. In the 22 months since his last visit, Jigga pronounced his love for Brooklyn indie rock, drew up a third Blueprint (Roc Nation) and scored another Yankees championship with the first New York anthem since Sinatra bearable outside the five boroughs. Tickets $26.95-$114.80.