Tonight, the second annual The NOLA Polar Express hits the rails to raise money and gather toys for children at Children’s Hospital and Ochsner. Ten bands headline the holiday concert at Howlin' Wolf, where doors open at 6:30 p.m. with music throughout the night, closing out at 1 a.m. Bands perform in the main room and at the adjacent The Den.
Loyola music industry studies student Molly Portier founded the event, which kicked off a fundraising campaign for the concert. Portier's band The Wooden Wings performs — Portier and Cherie LeJeune lend ghostly, celestial harmonies to the quintet's folk-tinged dark-pop (less goth This Mortal Coil?). Listen to Wooden Wings' take on the seasonally haunting "Carol of the Bells" here, and stream the full-length album Liminal here.
Other bands on the bill include funk band Naughty Professor, ska-punks The Scorseses, garage rock trio Bantam Foxes, and power pop outfit The Breton Sound.
A lineup of blues rock outfits — The Fake Carls, Crowley, La.'s Oddfellows and wild-eyed bayou doom bringers Toast Beards — also hits the bill, as well as Baton Rouge's England in 1819 and R&B man Zach Lund.
Admission $7 with college ID, $10 general admission, or bring an prepackaged, unwrapped children’s toy.