Wed. Aug. 28 | Austin, Texas, pan-Latin funk orchestra (and sometime Prince backing band) Grupo Fantasma swivels through jam after horned, bassy jam on El Existential (Nat Geo Music), the 11-deep crew's 2010 Grammy-winning breakthrough. Los Po-Boy-Citos open at 9 p.m. at Tipitina's.
Thu. Aug. 29 | NOCCA hosts a program exploring the interplay of music and visual art. Ellis Marsalis, cellist Jee Yeoun Ko and the Faubourg Quartet play compositions by Wynton Marsalis, Philip Glass and others in conjunction with video and visual art displays by Ron Bechet, Ayo Scott and Michel Varisco. At 7:30 p.m. in NOCCA's Freda Lupin Memorial Hall.
Fri. Aug. 30 | Loyola University's rock chops are highlighted in this local band showcase, featuring current students Cherie LeJeune and Molly Portier (of angelic vocal-driven act the Wooden Wings) and alumni brethren John, Joe and David Shirley, whose Cardinal Sons headlines. Sports & Leisure also performs at 10 p.m. at Gasa Gasa.
Fri. Aug. 30 | Honey Island Swamp Band closes out Tipitina's free Fridays summer series. The band recently released its fourth album Cane Sugar. Colin Lake opens at 10 p.m.
Sat. Aug. 31 | The iconoclastic country singer has taken the slow road to acclaim, growing up in Texas, moving to Hollywood, leaving music for a while and returning. He finally climbed onto the Billboard country chart with 2013 release El Rancho Azul. He performs at 9 p.m. at Rock 'N' Bowl.