Top Concert Picks: March 24 - 30

01:00 March 24, 2014
By: Staff

VNV Nation

Tuesday, March 25; 7 p.m.

One Eyed Jacks, 615 Toulouse St.; $15

The electronic music duo VNV Nation, consisting of Ronan Harris and Mark Jackson has been releasing music since their first album Advance and Follow was released in 1995. With the release of their most recent album Transnational (2013) the duo is still at it releasing their unique style of music that combines EBM (electronic body music) and symphony orchestra influences. Hailing from Dublin and Essex but working out of Germany, you will not want to miss this overseas duo as they make their way through New Orleans.

Tim Laughlin

Friday, March 28; 9:30 p.m.

Bombay Club, 830 Conti St.

The classic sound of New Orleans jazz is second to none, especially when it is played by those who have played it all their life. The sounds you will hear from Tim Laughlin's clarinet have been crafted over many years of playing in New Orleans and around the world. This New Orleans native is one of the best around, pair that with the lovely atmosphere of the Bombay Club and you will have a night in New Orleans you will never forget.

Yonder Mountain String Band
Thursday, March 27; 8 p.m.
House of Blues, 225 Decatur St.; $20   

Though originating in Nederland, Colorado, the roots of the talented progressive bluesgrass group Yonder Mountain String Band can be traced back to the band's college days. While attending Harvard, banjoist Dave Johnson asked friend and now, mandolin player Jeff Austin to sing in his group the Bluegrassholes. Though Austin didn’t play any instrument at the time this would be the start of a musical relationship that would last until this very day. After relocating to Colorado, they met fellow bandmates Adam Aijala and Ben Kauffman who would spark a nation-wide bluegrass frenzy in the years to come. The boys play with an energy that is unmatched and a sense of improvisation that reflects that of many of the “jam bands” from the festival circuit. They have released five albums to date, toured around the country. Their songs are well written and catchy, but their performances take them to a new level where random scats, intertwining of songs, and wild solos make the show a true sight to see. The band now has their very own festival in Arkansas, where dedicated fans from around the country flock to see the band play multiple performances. Get ready to jig, jive, and jump when the band hits the stage again when they return to the wonderful Crescent City. –Chris DiBenedetto

Terrytown Spring Festival
Friday – Sunday, March 28 – 30;
2 –10 p.m.
Oakwood Center,
197 Westbank Expy.; $5

Louisiana is the festival capital of America; we are constantly seeking the next gathering where we can experience music, food, and friends in the open air. This three day extravaganza is no exception and has it all; music, food, rides, and loads of fun. The festival will be headlined by the long-running rock band Grand Funk Railroad on Saturday night, but each day is filled with live music from locals like Amanda Shaw, the Molly Ringwalds, Bag of Donuts, 5 Finger Discount, and many more. A delicious lineup of food vendors will be on hand to give you the best fest food on the west side of the Mississippi! Chaisson’s Rub It, Big Wil and the Warden, and Joe Joe’s Bar-B-Que are just some of the names mentioned for restaurants. Mitchell Bros. & Sons Amusements will provide your favorite carnival rides and games, and you can purchase an all-day pass each day for hours of thrills and chills. Terrytown Spring Fest is upholding the proud Southern tradition of pageantry with a baby pageant at 11 a.m. and a beauty pageant at 2 p.m. on Saturday. Children under the age of 12 are free each day. –Emily Hingle

Deltron 3030

Saturday, March 29; 9:00 p.m.

House of Blues, 225 Decatur St.; $25

Bringing you alternative hip hop since 1999, Deltron 3030 is still in the game with the release of their most recent album Event 2 (2013). Bringing you albums that are based in the year 3030, are written in less than two weeks, and tell the story of fighting the corporate world, Deltron 3030 will not disappoint. The group's release for their second and most recent album was set for release in 2006, but continued to be pushed back, eventually coming out in 2013. Long overdue is an understatement, yet fans still flock to see this super group, so why shouldn't you?

Your 33 Black Angles

Sunday, March 30; 10:00 p.m.

Siberia, 2227 St. Claude Ave.; $7

Hailing from Brooklyn, New York, Your 33 Black Angels will grace the South with their presence as they travel to New Orleans this Sunday. The group known for their relentless work ethic in the studio has recently released their fifth album Moon and Morning Star. Their soulful songs layered in guitar and moody sounds is something you will want to experience live.

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