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Night concerts during Jazz Fest 

Alex Woodward on nine shows to catch when the Fair Grounds closes

click to enlarge Lee Fields & the Expressions perform at One Eyed Jacks.

Lee Fields & the Expressions perform at One Eyed Jacks.

The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival brings a huge musical lineup to the Fair Grounds, and it also helps attract a full schedule of evening concerts. Here is a list of notable concerts at venues around town.

Yo La Tengo

With January's Fade (Matador), the long-running New Jersey indie rock trio Yo La Tengo entered its fourth decade with a gorgeous 13th studio album. The band continues a streak of fuzzy, bouncy and 1960s-inspired astro-pop, with singer Ira Kaplan's melodic ears steering the band out of saccharine and into something deeply sweet. The band is at Tipitina's 10 p.m. Wednesday (501 Napoleon Ave., 504-895-8477; Tickets $15).

Lonesome Leash

Multi-instrumentalist Walt McClements has had an octopus-like grasp on several gigs, from Why Are We Building Such A Big Ship? bandleader to an in-demand addition to projects like the Panorama Jazz Band and Bywater's Music Box installation. In January, he released his debut as Lonesome Leash, I Am No Captain. With Lonesome Leash, McClements crafts a one-man ensemble gathering from anthemic and minor-key cabaret accordion and brass, beating along to minimal percussion and confessional lyrics. Catch him 10 p.m. Thursday at AllWays Lounge & Theatre (2240 St. Claude Ave., 504-218-5778;

The Plus One Show

This monthly Hi-Ho Lounge show offers upcoming local artists a unique spin on a songwriter showcase format. Each artist performs five songs — but with each song, another musician joins the stage, ending each set with a full-band performance. At the show's end, each performer and his or her "band" all join on stage for a massive finale. This Thursday edition features Erika Flowers, Anthony Cuccia, Kyle June Williams and Jon Arceneaux (Hi-Ho Lounge, 2239 St. Claude Ave., 504-945-4446; Tickets $5).


The rowdy gypsy punk outfit led by Ukraine-born Yegor Romantsov describes itself as a "Russian mafia band." It's a fitting title for a band of hooligans blasting criminal folk tales and outlaw mother country-punk on its album Cossaks on Prozac and at regular gigs across town. While power was out one night along St. Claude Avenue last month, Debauche continued its explosive performance in the dark inside Hi-Ho Lounge. A couple of weeks later, the band dressed up to receive the 2013 Big Easy Music Award for Best World Music. Debauche is at Circle Bar 10 p.m. Friday (1032 St. Charles Ave., 504-588-2616;

Black Joe Lewis & The Honey Bears

These Austin, Texas throwback rhythm and bluesmen hold a two-night late-night residence at One Eyed Jacks during Jazz Fest. The band's albums on Lost Highway Records, most recently 2011's appropriately titled Scandalous, ride full-throttle through brow-sweating James Brown soul, R-rated Delta blues and Detroit rock 'n' roll. Whatever you don't sweat on the Fair Grounds will likely be mopped off the floor at these night owl benders. The late-night shows start at 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday at One Eyed Jacks (615 Toulouse St., 504-569-8361; Tickets $25).

1913-2013 Orchestra

Bassist, composer and eclectic experimenter James Singleton leads his 1913-2013 Orchestra through an improvisational set exploring New Orleans music across a century. Joining the symphony are trumpeter Satoru Ohashi, saxophonist Rex Gregory, drummer Justin Peake, trombonist Rick Trolsen and guitarist Chris Alford. The orchestra performs at Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center 7 p.m. Friday (1618 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., 504-827-5858; Tickets $15 general admission, $10 Zeitgeist members).

Lee Fields & The Expressions

On 2012's Faithful Man, 62-year-old Lee Fields steps out of time — a quick flash of brass and Fields' wails and hand-to-God pleas on the title track recall Stax records and vintage Southern soul. Fields has performed for more than 40 years, but his recent rebirth has spawned some of the freshest rhythm and blues of his career. His love-lost torch songs ("I'm Still Hanging On," "Wish You Were Here"), delivered with his powerhouse voice, cut deep with the kind of mighty sting of a world-weary unsung hero. Fields performs at One Eyed Jacks 8 p.m. Saturday, (615 Toulouse St., 504569-8361; Tickets $25.)

George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic with DJ Soul Sister

The legendary, sprawling funk collective and its figurehead George Clinton converge under one roof, which may or not be torn off. Parliament has toured on and off in any number of combinations of its members for decades. The collective recently lost pioneering bassist Cordell "Boogie" Mosson, whose melodic, whistle-able bass riffs were featured on landmark albums like 1975's Mothership Connection and 1978's One Nation Under a Groove alongside fellow bassist Bootsy Collins. The 71-year-old bandleader and Parliamentary mastermind Clinton, who is seeking donations for Mosson's funeral, has no intentions of slowing down. P-funk superfan and funk's human encyclopedia DJ Soul Sister opens the show at 9 p.m. Sunday at House of Blues (225 Decatur St., 504-310-4999; Tickets $40.)

Living Colour

Hard rock pioneer Living Colour will perform its landmark debut album Vivid in its entirety at this 25th anniversary party for its release. The 1988 album — best known for opening cut and massive hit single "Cult of Personality" and Vernon Reid's spitfire, dive-bombing guitar solos and earworm riffs — went double platinum and won a 1989 Grammy for Best Hard Rock Performance. Donald Harrison Jr., Joseph "Zigaboo" Modeliste, Galactic's Stanton Moore and Rob Mercurio and several other special guests join the band at 10 p.m. Sunday at The Howlin' Wolf (907 S. Peters St., 504-529-5844; Tickets $30).


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