It's the second and final week. The four-day stretch. The long weekend. The polarizing sigh of relief from pessimistic locals or the last gas before a slow summer. Don't get too bored:
Michael Patrick Welch throws a release party for his YA! Young Audiences Raps! (read about it in Gambit) at Mimi's in the Marigny (6 p.m.); Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue with Dr. Gonzeaux are at Blue Nile (10 p.m.), a smoke-free session from Let's Be Totally Clear; Galactic does One Eyed Jacks (10 p.m.); Silent Cinema and Steve Eck are at Saturn Bar (10 p.m.); White Hinterland and A Living Soundtrack are at Circle Bar (10 p.m.); Cyril Neville is at Tipitina's French Quarter (10 p.m.); Caddywhompus does a "super surprise secret sexy" Jurassic Party at The Maison; and Kermit Ruffins & the Barbecue Swingers do the regular Vaughn's duty (8:30 p.m.).
Just steps from the grounds at Domino Sound Record Shack, there's a free show from Why Are We Building Such a Big Ship? (7 p.m.); at Blue Nile, there's Big Sam's Funky Nation (10 p.m.) and Soulive (2 a.m.); the ridiculous lineup for the eighth annual Bayou Rendezvous hits the stage at Howlin' Wolf (10 p.m.); Tab Benoit is at Tip's in the Quarter (10 p.m.); and inside the Punk Tent at Saturn Bar, there are M.O.T.O, Bloodbomber, Die Rotzz and the Dives (10 p.m.)
Ballzack and Odoms (with guest Lil' Doogie) host an evening at Circle Bar (10 p.m.); Galactic, funky Meters and Rebirth Brass Band are at Howlin' Wolf (10 p.m.); Elvis Perkins in Dearland with MyNameIsJohnMichael are at One Eyed Jacks (10 p.m.) followed be a late show with Dr. Claw (2 a.m.); alt-folk songstress Ani DiFranco is at Tipitina's (9 p.m.), followed by a late show with Trombone Shorty (2 a.m.), who is releasing his new album; and Toots & the Maytals (8:30 p.m.) followed by Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears with Big Sam (10 p.m.) do the House of Blues.
The annual NOizeFest runs from noon to 10 p.m. at 609 Lesseps St.; Maddie Ruthless and Fatter Than Albert host a punky reggae party at Nowe Miasto (7 p.m.); Pinettes Brass Band plays a free show at Domino Sound (7 p.m.); Soulive is with George Porter Jr. & His Runnin' Pardners and Zigaboo's Funk Revue at Howlin' Wolf (10 p.m.); Eric Lindell debuts his new album at One Eyed Jacks (10 p.m.); Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk with Art Neville headlines Tip's (10 p.m.); and the Blow It Out Your Brass showcase features Rebirth, Soul Rebels and Hot 8 brass bands with DJ Captain Charles on the wheels at House of Blues (9 p.m.).