St. Paul and the Broken Bones
April 29 | "St." Paul Janeway (pictured, center) is proof that soul comes in all shapes and sizes. Backed by crack little big band the Broken Bones, Janeway reaches as deep for his vocals as any young artist in decades. Alabama can't stop shaking. King James and the Special Men open at 9 p.m. at Tipitina's.
Thu. April 30 | It's been decades since Alejandro Escovedo jumped into the early wave of punk music. The Austinite has matured into an elder statesman of Texas folk rock, whose last album was 2010's acclaimed Street Songs of Love. He performs with his backing band The Sensitive Boys at 8 p.m. at Chickie Wah Wah.
The Bayou Rendezvous
Fri. May 1 | The jam marathon features a core of New Orleans jazz-funksters and Southern rockers including Colonel Bruce Hampton, Oteil Burbridge, Ian Neville, Johnny Vidacovich, Duane Trucks, Eric McFadden and others. There also are sets by TAUK, The California Honeydrops and others. At 9 p.m. at The Howlin' Wolf.
Six Strings Down: Tab Benoit
Fri. May 1 | Baton Rouge bluesman Tab Benoit hosts a guitar summit featuring Anders Osborne, Luther Dickinson of the North Mississippi Allstars and blues rocker Samantha Fish. At 9:30 p.m. at Republic.
Black Joe Lewis and Kristin Diable
Sat. May 2 | Austin, Texas Southern soul artist Black Joe Lewis meets New Orleans singer-songwriter Kristin Diable. Lewis combines James Brown soul and funk with howling rock 'n' roll on Electric Slave (Vagrant), and Diable's 2015 album Create Your Own Mythology is a moody, soul- and R&B-inspired throwback with a Nashville sheen. At 8 p.m. at One Eyed Jacks.
Feufollet with the Deslondes
Sat. May 2 | Cajun "country" gets literal with this I-10 showdown of Lafayette and New Orleans stompers featuring the renowned mudbugs of Rayne's Hawk's Restaurant. Feufollet issued its sixth LP Two Universes (Valcour) in March; The Deslondes' eponymous debut drops in June. Bonsoir Catin and DJ D. Lefty Parker open at 7 p.m. at Siberia.
Zappa Plays Zappa
Sat. May 2 | Celebrating the 40th anniversary of the final studio album from Frank Zappa and the Mothers Of Invention, Dweezil Zappa — an accomplished guitarist and son of the late rock 'n' roll provocateur — performs One Size Fits All, which traded the Mothers' free-form spirit for more song-oriented prog rock. At 9 p.m. at Tipitina's.