Wed. Nov. 27 | New Orleans never misses a food reference, a jam session or a shameless pun. Catch all three at this Thanks- giving-eve groove buffet led by bassist George Porter Jr. and featuring trombonists Mark Mullins and Craig Klein (of Boner-ama), drummer Terrence Houston, pianist John Gros and guitarist Brian Stoltz. Gravy opens at 10 p.m. at Tipitina's.
Fri.-Sat. Nov. 29-30 | A guru of the Hammond B3 organ, Dr. Lonnie Smith is a veteran of the George Benson Quartet and combines jazz, blues and R&B in his trippy and mellow style. He's joined by Donald Harrison Jr., Detroit Brooks and Joe Dyson. At 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. at Snug Harbor Jazz Bistro.
Fri. Nov. 29 | With his NOLA-Lothario Pleasure Club and Atlanta successor the Futura Bold, James Hall made his name as a commanding frontman whose bands and albums couldn't keep up. In Lee Circle's familiar embrace, he's bound to be magnified 10 times life-size. At 10 p.m. at the Circle Bar.
Sat. Nov. 30 | Though he grew up in the Bay Area, Eric Lindell honed his jamming blues rock style in New Orleans. Early this year, he released Sunday Morning featuring guitarist Anson Funderburgh. At 9 p.m. at Tipitina's.
Sat. Nov. 30 | Baton Rouge native and guitarist Tab Benoit is a master of the blues from Delta and swamp blues to Chicago style. The Mulligan Brothers open at 8:30 p.m. at Rock 'N' Bowl.