Tue. Aug. 20 | Cookie Monster, tastemaker? The Sesame Street sweet tooth was late to the party in covering Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe," but his variant of Swedish duo Icona Pop's bombastic single "I Love It" — a willpower-empowering moral called "Me Want It (But Me Wait)" — is too cool for preschool. K. Flay and Sirah open at 9 p.m. at House of Blues.
Thu. Aug. 22 | The Whippernsappers is a side project for folk/blues troubadour Spencer Bohren, son Andre Bohren and Dave Pomerleau of Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes and Casey McAllister, who's been on tour with Hurray for the Riff Raff. The group performs at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. at Snug Harbor Jazz Bistro.
Fri. Aug. 23 | New Orleans' most adept noisemakers return from an international tour touching half the United States, Canada and Western Europe, in which the duo's 2011 EP blast The Weight got liftoff. Boyfrndz and All People open at 9 p.m. One Eyed Jacks.
Fri.-Thu. Aug. 23-29 | Irvin Mayfield's annual concert series benefits a different local nonprofit organization each night. Shows are at 8:30 p.m. at Irvin Mayfield's Jazz Playhouse at the Royal Sonesta Hotel.
Fri. Aug. 23 | New Orleans' rockers Rotary Downs preview material from the band's forthcoming album, and there's a rare appearance by the otherwise-on-hiatus, genre-crashing Zydepunks. At 10 p.m. at d.b.a.
Sat. Aug. 24 | Composer and trumpeter Hannibal Lokumbe debuts his latest work at 7 p.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church. The performance features the Music Liberation Orchestra (including drummer Adonis Rose, pianist James Polk, bassist David Pulphus and organist Albinas Prizgintas), poet George Tobias, Valerie Francis and the Voices of Purpose Choir and narrator Ayo Scott.