Sexy Dex and the Fresh album releaseWed. Jan. 18 | Kicking down the door with the Prince-ly 2016 singles "SP33D R4CR" and "My BAE-B," Plus 1 Edition (Community/VoidLife) — the first full-length by local dance-floor provocateurs Sexy Dex and the Fresh — doubles as a debut and an encore.
The Georgia punk band performs Jan. 20 at Circle Bar
Chris Watson is at it again. The former Park the Van label head and two-time New Orleanian introduced the world to Dr. Dog in 2005.
Red Hot Chili Peppers with Trombone Shorty
& Orleans AvenueTue. Jan. 10 | Reprising both their 2012 arena throw-down and last year's New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival dust-up, Anthony Kiedis and company continue their New Orleans brass shine with Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue.
The rapper performs at The Howlin’ Wolf Jan. 14
No MC cemented his legacy faster than Pharoahe Monch. On "Simon Says," the chest-obsessed puffer off his 1999 debut Internal Affairs, Monch chiseled a tombstone resume in under 20 words: "New York City gritty committee pity the fool that act shitty in the midst of the calm, the witty."
PiaNOLA FestivalTue.-Sun. Jan. 3-8 | Pianist Anne-Marie McDermott, a longtime member of the Chamber Music Society at Lincoln Center, headlines Festival PiaNOLA Jan. 3-8.
From The Civil Wars to Beulah, at Gasa Gasa Jan. 6
Who could have guessed that a band called The Civil Wars would end in acrimony? The duo of John Paul White and Joy Williams enjoyed a storybook arc. Arranged together by chance at a songwriters workshop, their twin voices seem cleaved from a single source, and their rare blend of artistic and commercial appeal — grit and shine, "Poison & Wine" — positioned them in a darling triangle with T Bone Burnett, Taylor Swift and Adele, each of whom contributed in some way to the group's bright, brief rise.
Dr. John &
the Nite TrippersTue.-Wed. Dec. 27-28 | Dr. John's final gig of 2016 is the same as it always is: filling in the dead air between "Deck the Halls" and "Auld Lang Syne" at Tipitina's.
The band closes out its biggest year yet at The Orpheum on New Year’s Eve
Though most New Year's resolutions involve some betterment pledge, The Revivalists might decide not to tempt fate and just leave well enough alone. The New Orleans ensemble's banner 2016 hit its zenith with a Billboard No. 1 for "Wish I Knew You" (Adult Alternative, but hey, No. 1 is No. 1) in between a siege of daytime (Today) and late-night (Conan) talk shows.
Open Marriage and Proud/Father
Wed. Dec. 21 | New Orleans experimental noise artist Proud/Father joins Oregon's Open Marriage for a split cassette tape release of avant-garde, cascading drone and ambient noise.
Dave Malone, Cranston Clements, Spencer Bohren and others perform Dec. 22
For The Chilluns, Father's Day comes whenever their various schedules permit. The New Orleans extended-family band — featuring pops Dave Malone (pictured), Cranston Clements and Spencer Bohren playing standards and originals with their grown-up children — dates back to the early 2000s, when Andre Bohren, a drummer, organized a gig modeled after the successful sit-ins by the other musically inclined offspring (including Johnny Malone, D'Arcy Malone Boye and Annie Clements).
Kool KeithTue. Dec. 13 | The untamed Bronx MC has raged on the fringe of hip-hop for more than three decades, forever rap's weird uncle, whether with Ultramagnetic MCs or as his Dr. Octagon, Black Elvis or Dr. Dooom.
My Morning Jacket’s soulful frontman performs at the Civic Theatre Dec. 17.
When My Morning Jacket's popularity was cresting in 2007 — opening for Bob Dylan at Colorado's Red Rocks Amphitheatre, headlining Chicago's Lollapalooza and drawing reams of "best live band in America" chatter — Jim James' cover of choice, the one song he didn't write that made it into all of his sets, was Curtis Mayfield's "Move On Up." James sang it with gusto.