In a region renowned for music, concerts are a part of everyday life. However, these events coming to the local region stick out as the most worthy of your dollar and time. Take a chance on some of these artists, because these events will be ones that you won’t want to pass up.
Ticket listings for the events will be linked on the artists’ names, where available.
Coming to the UNO Lakefront Arena with guests Us the Duo on Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016, this Grammy-wining a capella quintet is redefining vocal instrumentation and the art of remixing arrangements. If you were in Tiger Stadium recently, you may remember the LSU Tiger Band performing a cover of one of their songs during their “Music in 5’s” halftime show. Hailing from Arlington, Texas, the group came to prominence after winning “The Sing-Off” on NBC and posting a medley of Daft Punk covers on YouTube. Make sure to catch them when they come to New Orleans.
Spawn of the local scene, The Deslondes take the stage with Jessie Antonick at Dyson House Listening Room in Baton Rouge on Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016. They are a fusion of Creole Soul, country, and blues that brings positive vibes to their original setlist. Since seeing them on an edition of the Abita Springs Opry, I could tell that this group was unique and bound to find their niche in Louisiana culture. Catch up with them when they come to town.
Friday, Jan. 13, 2017, brings a duo to the House of Blues in New Orleans that is riding the wave of one of the most popular country songs on the radio right now- LOCASH. Formerly known as LoCash Cowboys, their hit single “I Know Somebody” is burning up the airwaves. Country isn’t for everyone, but if you’re into it, you won’t want to miss their New Orleans appearance. VIP tickets are also available under the catchy moniker “I Know Somebody Meet and Greet Package.”
As one of the pioneers of horn-driven ska and punk fusion, Reel Big Fish comes to the Joy Theater in New Orleans on Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017, as part of their Turn the Radio Off 20th Anniversary Tour. Popular ska groups like Reel Big Fish and Streetlight Manifesto rarely make appearances in the south, and they do so even less in New Orleans. Take advantage of this opportunity to be there when this popular wall of 90s angst comes to the Big Easy.
This iconic soul act will be the face of the 2017 Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club Coronation Ball, and their trip to New Orleans on Friday, Feb. 24, will be one of the highlights of the concert season in New Orleans. Held at the Convention Center, this event won’t be held for a few months, but space is almost guaranteed to be limited. If you ever get a chance to see this act, you should take it. Seeing the O’Jays while wearing a suit and tie is probably on each one of our bucket lists somewhere.