Wed. Dec. 17 | The progressive guitar and rock symphony is best known for Christmas albums and concerts featuring light show extravaganzas. This tour features the first live performances of its 1998 rock opera The Christmas Attic. At 7:30 p.m. at Smoothie King Center.
The Book of Nightmares
Thu. Dec. 18 | Mikko, Diana Shortez, Gambit founder Gary Esolen and Donald Lewis present a staged reading of poet Galway Kinnell's The Book of Nightmares, a 1973 collection largely focused on the Vietnam War. Kinnell, a Navy veteran, civil rights worker (once arrested in Hammond, Louisiana) and Pulitzer Prize winner, died in October. At 8 p.m. at Lost Love Lounge.
Kool & the Gang, Cheap Trick
and the New Orleans Bowl
Fri.-Sat. Dec. 19-20 | Classic 1970s bands Kool & the Gang and Cheap Trick perform at 7 p.m. Friday in Champions Square to kick off New Orleans Bowl festivities. The University of Louisiana at Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns face the University of Nevada Wolf Pack at 10 a.m. Saturday in the Superdome.
WWOZ Anniversary Celebration
Fri. Dec. 19 | Dubbed "Behind the Curtain," this 34th birthday party for the iconic WWOZ 90.7 FM is headlined by generational tributes to James Booker and the Neville Brothers by Davell Crawford and Ivan Neville, respectively. DJ Soul Sister also performs at 10 p.m. at Tipitina's.
Sat. Dec. 20 | With a little help from their friends (Andrew Duhon, The Kid Carsons, Guitar Lightnin' Lee and many others), New Orleans rockers Little Maker complete part two of a tribute begun last December: remounting The Band's legendary performance in Martin Scorsese's 1976 rockumentary The Last Waltz. At 10 p.m. at One Eyed Jacks.
Home for the Holidays
Mon. Dec 22 | Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews, John Boutte, Kermit Ruffins and the Barbecue Swingers, Rebirth Brass Band, Shamarr Allen and the Underdawgs, Eric Lindell and others perform at the annual fundraiser for the Daniel Price Memorial Fund, which provides scholarships to NOCCA students. Irma Thomas sings at the patron party (6 p.m.). At 7:30 p.m. at House of Blues.