Oct 13 | Wynton Marsalis composed Abyssinian Mass in tribute to the 100th anniversary of Harlem's Abyssinian Baptist Church. The piece mixes jazz and gospel, and the performance features the 70-member Chorale le Chateau choir. At 7 p.m. at the Saenger Theatre.
Tue. Oct. 8 | Meric Long and Logan Kroeber spoiled Dodos fans by employing Neko Case as a backup singer on 2011's No Color. The new Carrier (Polyvinyl) doesn't have any such trump cards, only Long's intricate finger-picked melodies running apace with Kroeber's antelope drumming. Dustin Wong (ex-Ponytail) opens at 10 p.m. at One Eyed Jacks.
Wed. Oct. 9 | The Gambit-affiliated Foundation for Entertainment, Development and Education's annual fundraiser features food from area restaurants, tastings of more than 200 wines and spirits, music by Alexis and the Samurai and a raffle. At 6:30 p.m. at The Pavilion of the Two Sisters in City Park.
Fri. Oct. 11 | Braids' second album Flourish // Perish (Arbutus) bubbles up beneath frontwoman Raphaelle Standell-Preston's owl hoots, an aquifer of synthesizer, bass and percussion brought to the boiling point. Hundred Waters and Kodak to Graph open at 10 p.m. at One Eyed Jacks.
Fri. & Sun. Oct. 11 & 13 | The New Orleans Opera Association opens its season with Heinrich Marschner's The Vampire (Der Vampyr), in which Lord Ruthven must take the lives of three virgin brides to survive. At the Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts.