BUKU Music + Art Project
March 21-22 | Indie rock veterans The Flaming Lips (pictured) headline the electronic dance music-focused festival that features David Guetta, Ellie Goulding, Kaskade, Zedd, rappers Tyler, The Creator and Nas and local bands. At Mardi Gras World.
Karl Denson's Tiny Universe
Wed. March 19 | Saxophonist Karl Denson leads his funky ensemble in the kickoff of the annual Wednesday at the Square concert series. The weekly events feature music, an art market and food and drink from local restaurants. Moon Hooch opens at 5 p.m. at Lafayette Square.
Ladysmith Black Mambazo
Wed. March 19 | In its fifth decade, Ladysmith Black Mambazo is a generational enterprise, with founder Joseph Shabalala grooming his sons to carry on the vocal group's music, mission and message. January's Always With Us pays tribute to Shabalala's late wife Nellie and features unreleased recordings from her Women of Mambazo. At 8:30 p.m. at Tipitina's.
Fri. March 21 | New Orleans singer/songwriter Kelcy Mae releases a double EP —combining the folk-inspired, roots rock arrangements from her EPs The Fire and Half-Light — as a follow-up to 2011's Pennies in Hand. The Junior League and Micah McKee open at 8 p.m. at Gasa Gasa.
Taj Mahal Trio with Alvin Youngblood Hart
Fri. March 21 | At 71 years old, world bluesman Taj Mahal isn't ready to lay down his burden just yet. The Maestro released a retrospective in 2012, Hidden Treasures of Taj Mahal (1969-1973), and contributed a signature take on gospel standard "Down By the Riverside" to the compilation album Divided & United: The Songs of the Civil War. Alvin Youngblood Hart opens at 9 p.m. at Tipitina's.
Sat. March 22 | Since emerging in the 1960s, pianist Kenny Barron has recorded prolifically both as a bandleader and sideman and became one of the most influential figures in post-bop jazz. At 7:30 p.m. at Contemporary Arts Center.