Freret Street Festival was so packed with people! But even though it was by far the biggest turn out they’ve had, it was comfortable enough to see all of the cool art, great food, and equally good bands. Next up, French Quarter Fest will be taking up a lot of time this weekend, but some of the artists playing the fest will be also playing clubs at night. It may be easier and more comfortable to see them at those shows if you want to stay out of the sun.
There are some mid-week shows to kick off the weekend concerts of French Quarter Fest. Wednesday night, you can catch a black metal/hardcore show at Siberia while muching on the new Slavic soulfood available in the resident kitchen. Demonic Destruction, Necrotic Priapism, Fat Stupid Ugly People open up for Mexico’s Rottenness. The show is a bargain at $5 and begins at 10 p.m. And Thursday night, head Uptown to The Saint on St. Mary Street right off of Magazine Street to see Local Ghost Presents Garage Night featuring The Unnaturals, Blacksmoke, and Babes beginning at 9 p.m. The show is free. The Unnaturals will also be playing an in-store show at Peaches Records on N. Peters St. in the Quarter from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. on Saturday.
Saturday you’ll have to choose between the early, free, and all-ages show at the Big Top on Clio Street off of St. Charles Avenue with Fat Camp, A Hanging, Cape of the Matador and more at 7 p.m., or stay in the Bywater and see an early, free Ratty Scurvics set at Siberia at 5:30 p.m. But whichever you decide to do, you’ll be required to attend FQ Fest performers Debauche and Zydepunks’ night show at the Hi Ho Lounge on St. Claude Avenues at10 p.m. It’s sure to be packed and incredibly fun.
Continue the music after the last bands of FQ Fest on Sunday night back at Siberia with a very punk show that features Ghoul, Pallbearers, and Toxic Rott at 10 p.m. And the fun concerts don’t even end with the week. On Monday night, the 1960s surf king Dick Dale performs at The Howlin’ Wolf at 9 p.m. The cover is $20, but is absolutely worth it. You may want to break out the bikinis and surfboards.