If you need to grab a beer (or coffee) with a cool uncle or bored niece or nephew, or are looking for shows over the holiday weekend, here's a rundown of some highlights:
Thursday, Nov. 28 (Thanksgiving):
Grammy Award winners Rebirth Brass Band head a Thanksgiving Throwdown at The Howlin' Wolf (907 S. Peters St., 504-529-5844) at 10 p.m. Tickets $15.
Eunice, La. zydeco dude Geno Delafose performs at Rock 'n' Bowl (3000 S. Carrollton Ave., 504-861-1700) at 7 p.m. Tickets $12.
Friday, Nov. 29:
Leaning way heavier on the pop side of pop-punk, scene elders The Robinsons make a sort of homecoming for the holidays and will perform Christmas tunes, with heavier successors The Ghostwood, at Hey! Cafe (504-891-8682, 4332 Magazine St.). Stream The Ghostwood's seven-track, lovelorn punk EP Empty Cosmic Gloom here. Admission $5.
At 10 p.m., perpetual rock 'n' roll frontman persona James Hall is at Circle Bar (1032 St. Charles Ave., 504-588-2616).
Also at 10 p.m., Sweden's blackened-crust lords Agrimonia headline Siberia (2227 St. Claude Ave.), bringing with them massive, 10-minute, scythe-sweeping metal suites. Opening are T.O.A.D. (Take Over And Destroy) from Arizona, New Orleans doom-slayers Sumerian and Houma thrashers Diab. Download Agrimonia's album-opening track "Talion" here.
Saturday, Nov. 30:
Katey Red and Vockah Redu headline a stacked bounce night at Siberia with Culotta Rock, BJ Socole, Walt Wiggady, Danger Boyz and DJ Lil Man. And in time for the holidays, here's Katey Red's collaboration with Gysyphonic Disko, "Dreidel Song" (you can download the track here):
Meanwhile at Snug Harbor Jazz Bistro (626 Frenchmen St., 504-949-0696), Hammond B3 maestro Dr. Lonnie Smith is joined by Donald Harrison Jr., Detroit Brooks and Joe Dyson. Smith also performs Friday — his two-night run includes shows at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. each night. Tickets $25.
Sunday, Dec. 1:
Third Eye Blind — yes, that one — is at House of Blues (225 Decatur St., 504-310-4999), celebrating the franchise's 20th anniversary, and $1 from each ticket benefits arts and music education programs via the International House of Blues Foundation.
Once kings of 1997's airwaves following the multi-platinum success of its self-titled debut, the band has infrequently released follow-ups (while frequently touring), and is now preparing another album release, the first since 2009's Ursa Major. It recently released a vinyl box set of its four albums and an EP.