Machine Head, Suicide Silence and Darkest Hour put on a great show Friday night at the House of Blues. The house was pretty full and the fans were rabid. You can watch an interview I did with Mike Schleibaum of Darkest Hour here. There are so many events happening throughout this week, you're going to have to make some hard decisions.
The first thing you should check out on Wednesday are the Budweiser Clydesdales at the NOPD Stables on the corner of Marconi and Harrison Ave. in City Park at Horses, Hops, and Cops. For free admission, you get to mingle the large, beautiful beasts and enjoy live music and beer from 3 to 8 PM. Later that night, I'm stopping by Siberia to see one of my favorite bands ever, Jucifer. The duo will fill one entire wall of the bar, being too large for the stage, with their huge amplifiers that they use to emphasize their droning sludge/doom. Co-owner of Siberia Matt Russell even claimed that drinks on the bar shook so hard, they moved themselves down the bar. Local favorites Solid Giant and Ponykiller open the show which starts at 10 PM and costs just $7.
After the parades on Friday come the awesome shows that continue the revelry. Nolaunderground.com presents Jimmy Bower's (Down, Eyehategod) instrumental band The Mystic Krewe of Clearlight with Suplecs and Solid Giant at The Hangar at 1511 South Rendon at 9 PM and Defend New Orleans hosts their Mardi Gras Ball at One Eyed Jacks in the Quarter with long-running rockers Supagroup at 10 PM. If you want to head down to the Bywater, you can check out the Not-So-Super Super Hero Party at Allways Lounge for $10 at 10 PM. Remember, you must have a super name and power to enter.
The events on Saturday begin early and last until the morning. Blue Nile starts the show at 7 PM with a line up featuring Strange Roux, Big Sam's Funky Nation and Flow Tribe and more. If you're in the mood for something heavier, Hate Eternal performs with thrash cover band Disciples of Thrash and The Void at Southport Hall at 10 PM.
The weekend party continues through Lundi Gras with The Maison on Frenchmen Street throwing an all night bash starting at 7 PM with the Royal Roses, the Dirty Bouron River Show, DJ Mannie Fresh, Debauche and Vagabond Swing. Nearby, Checkpoint Charlie's is starting the bands at 7 PM also, and features the Unnaturals, Split Lips and R. Scully's Rough 7. There is no cover for this show.