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Places to hear free live music

click to enlarge Shamarr Allen and the Underdawgs perform for Foundation Free Fridays this week. - PHOTO BY SCOTT SALTZMAN
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  • Shamarr Allen and the Underdawgs perform for Foundation Free Fridays this week.

Save your cash for a cold drink from the bar or for one of those gimmicky hats with personal water-spraying fans — you'll need them both this summer for sweaty late-night club gigs and as the "locals-only" festival season heats up. The good news is the cover charges are on the house.

  Wednesdays on the Point is a summer concert series in Algiers at the ferry dock (200 Morgan St.). Local musicians take the stage from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. each Wednesday in June and July. On June 26, look for The New Orleans Suspects and The Mumbles. On July 4, the triple bill features Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes, Egg Yolk Jubilee and Diablo's Horns. The July 17 closing concert features Amanda Shaw and The New Orleans Rhythm Devils. Bonus: The Algiers ferry is free to pedestrians, for now.

  The Tipitina's Foundation continues its no-cover summertime Foundation Free Fridays series at the eponymous club (501 Napoleon Ave., 504-895-8477; At 10 p.m. every Friday throughout the summer, familiar local powerhouses perform a free concert. Upcoming shows include Shamarr Allen and the Underdawgs (June 28), Gravity A and Khris Royal (July 5), James Andrews (July 12), Good Enough for Good Times (July 19) and Stooges Brass Band (July 26). Check Tipitina's website for the full lineup.

  The 13th annual Satchmo Summerfest at the Old U.S. Mint Aug. 1-4 is a free weekend music festival with a familiar lineup of New Orleans artists, all in honor of Louis Armstrong. Visit for details.

  The National Park Service ( offers free educational daytime performances Tuesday through Saturday at the Old U.S. Mint and at its French Market location (916 N. Peters St.). Performances range from brass bands and Delta blues artists to swing dance lessons and children's music workshops. Visit the website for the complete lineup.

  If you want more bang for your buck (or no buck): the annual punk rock festival Creepy Fest blasts across venues July 11-14. Most shows are $5 or less, and two free shows feature a dozen Gulf Coast punk bands. Longtime punk rockers The Pallbearers headline at 8 p.m. July 12 at Check Point Charlie (501 Esplanade Ave.). At 10 p.m., across the street at Dragon's Den (435 Esplanade Ave.), the venue packs a sampling of Gulf bands. Visit for more information.

  On Frenchmen Street, Maison's multi-stage venue (508 Frenchmen St., 504-371-5543; offers free shows several nights a week — Brass-A-Holics perform at 10:30 p.m. Saturday, June 29, and Naughty Professor performs at 10:30 p.m. July 12.

  The House of Blues (225 Decatur St., 504-310-4999; opens its Voodoo Garden and Big Mama's Lounge for free weekly performances from singer-songwriters, blues guitarists and others. Check the website for details.

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