Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band
Thursday, April 25, and Friday, April 26, 7 p.m.; $54.50 – $115
The Joy Theater: 1200 Canal St.
Phil Lesh of the Grateful Dead’s project The Terrapin Family Band was borne out of his music venue in Marin County, California, known as Terrapin Crossroads. The collective is comprised of Lesh (bass), his son Grahame Lesh (guitar, vocals), Alex Koford (drums, vocals), Jason Crosby (piano, violin), and Ross James (guitar). Their sound developed organically as the musicians merged styles—including rock, folk, punk, jazz, metal, psychedelic, experimental, and classical—into a hard-rock sound, rooted in the collective, telepathic, and exploratory spirit of the Grateful Dead.
Friday, April 26, 11:59 p.m.
Buffa’s: 101 Esplanade Ave.
The singer/songwriter, film composer, and pianist Keith Burnstein has been involved in a variety of projects while touring with funk legends The Headhunters and Louisiana songwriter Kristin Diable. He has also released three albums as band leader and has scored the surf documentary Momentum Generation and an ABC series The Last Defense. His new project, Kettle Black, will be making its debut at Jazz Fest this spring, with plans to release a new studio album: Things That Are Heavy Make Me Feel Light.
Friday, April 26, and Saturday, April 27, 10 p.m.; $42.50
The Fillmore: 6 Canal St.
Disco Biscuits combines electronic dance, American rock, and other genres to form a style that can be described as trance fusion. Comprised of Allen Aucoin (drums), Marc "Brownie" Brownstein (bass guitar), Jon "The Barber" Gutwillig (guitar), and Aron Magner (keyboards, synths), the band from Philadelphia is making its return to New Orleans for two nights at The Fillmore. Disco Biscuit members were involved with the rock operas Chemical Warfare Brigade and Hot Air Balloon in the late 90s and early 00s and support numerous philanthropic efforts.
Trombone Shorty with Shaggy
Saturday, April 27, 8 p.m.; $49.50
The Saenger Theatre: 1111 Canal St.
Multi-instrumentalist Trombone Shorty has a diverse and impressive resume. A seasoned and talented New Orleanian musician, songwriter, and band leader, Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews has played several times at the White House, backed Madonna and Macklemore at the Grammys, opened tours for the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Daryll Hall and John Oates, and played on numerous records. His most recent album, Parking Lot Symphony, released in 2017, continues his musical evolution. Join him, Orleans Avenue, and other special guests at the 4th Annual Treme Threauxdown at the Saenger.
Saturday, April 27, 11:59 p.m., $30
Cafe Istanbul: 2372 St. Claude Ave.
In the collaborative spirit of Jazz Fest, members of the Radiators, String Cheese Incident, and others will band together for a celebration of rock, jazz, and funk, late-night on Saturday. Consisting of Joe Marcinek (guitar), Renard Poché (guitar, percussion, trombone, and woodwinds), Mitch Stein (keyboards), Reggie Scanlan (bass), and Jason Hann (drums), this event brings in some of the most talented musicians from across the country to play with Meters guitarist Leo Nocentelli.
Saturday, April 27, and Sunday, April 28, 11:59 p.m.; $22 for single night, $40 for two-day tickets
House of Blues: 225 Decatur St.
The Denver-based seven-piece Motet fuses American funk, soul, afrobeat, jazz, and improvisation for a dreamy escapist landscape. Lyle Divinsky (vocals), Dave Watts (drums), Joey Porter (keyboards), Garrett Sayers (bass), Ryan Jalbert (guitar), Parris Fleming (trumpet), and Drew Sayers (saxophone) have released eight full-length studio albums and toured nationally since 1998. Their most recent record, Death or Devotion, made its debut in January 2019.
David Bowie: Glitter-Glam Spectacular
Sunday, April 28, 11:45 p.m.; $15
One Eyed Jacks: 615 Toulouse St.
The world’s only David Bowie worship band, The First Church of the Sacred Silversexual, will be performing The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars for the first time in New Orleans. This tribute show will transport you back in time to the “Starman” and Ziggy Stardust eras of the 70s. The Silversexuals will be joined by burlesque performers and drag queens in a theatrical, intergalactic, and glittery spectacle that features the Thin White Duke’s classics.
Stanton & Skerik’s 20th Jazz Fest
Monday, April 29, 1 a.m.; $30
Tipitina’s: 501 Napoleon Ave.
Galactic drummer Stanton Moore and saxophonist extraordinaire Skerik will join keyboardist Robert Walter, guitarist Scott Metzger, and bassist Andy Hess for a late show fusing jazz, funk, rock, and pop. This classic Jazz Fest collaboration follows Galactic’s recent purchase of the legendary New Orleans venue Tipitina’s and the release of the funk band’s new album, Already Ready Already, in February.
WWOZ Piano Night 2019
Monday, April 29, 7 p.m.; $50
House of Blues, 225 Decatur St.
Piano night returns for the 31st annual WWOZ 90.7 FM benefit, with a lineup that includes Ellis Marsalis, Marcia Ball, Jon Cleary (above), Joe Krown, Tom McDermott, Craig Adams, Josh Paxton, Jesse McBride, Tom Worrell, David Boeddinghaus, John "Papa" Gros, and Nigel Hall. The show, held annually on the Monday between the two Jazz Fest weekends, will have a new feature this year: “The Byrd's Nest Lounge Patron Party," an intimate showcase named after Professor Longhair, whose real name was Henry Byrd.