Crescent City Blues and BBQ Festival
Fri.-Sun. Oct. 17-19 | Los Lobos, Ana Popovic, Joe Louis Walker, Mel Waiters, Bobby Rush and others headline the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation's free festival, and there are regional styles of barbecue, an art market and more. At Lafayette Square.
Cymbals Eat Guitars
with Brand New and Foxing
Fri. Oct. 17 | This ill-fitting triple bill pits Brooklyn-via-New Jersey rockers Cymbals Eat Guitars — whose new album, Lose (Barsuk), ranks among its (and the year's) best — in between mushy chamber-yelpers Foxing and grating emo-barkers Brand New. At 9 p.m. at Civic Theatre.
Hurray for the Riff Raff
Fri. Oct. 17 | New Orleans' Americana darling Hurray for the Riff Raff headlines a free show with Desolondes and Coyotes. There also is a preview of the film Below Dreams, local art, drinks and food vendors in the free event presented by This is NOLA. At 8 p.m. at The Joy Theater.
Fri. Oct. 17 | Frontman David Pirner has spent much of his time in New Orleans since Soul Asylum's heyday in the early 1990s. The band is off tour and finishing work on an album due in early 2015. R. Scully's Rough Seven opens at 9 p.m. at Tipitina's.
Sun. Oct. 19 | Following Jimmy Cliff's visit last week, House of Blues continues its Kingston-in-New Orleans reggae run by hosting The Wailers, on tour for a 30th anniversary performance of Bob Marley's posthumous, gazillion-selling gateway compilation Legend. Mighty Mystic opens at 8 p.m.