George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic
Tue.-Wed. Dec. 29-30 | The P-Funk bandleader returns to New Orleans to ring in the New Year with a two-night bender. The reinvigorated 74-year-old performer and his massive band host a "masquerade ball" spanning classic P-Funk hits and unpredictable detours. DJ Soul Sister opens at 9 p.m. both nights at Tiptina's.
- Photo by Mindy Tucker
Wed. Dec. 30 | New Orleans native Sean Patton has become a late-night regular on Comedy Central with appearances on @midnight, The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail, Inside Amy Schumer, This Is Not Happening and elsewhere. The show also features Neal Stastny, Natalie Shure and Duncan Pace. At 8 p.m. at The Howlin' Wolf Den.
Brass Bed with
and The Pistolettes
Thu. Dec. 31 | Lafayette imprint Ma'am Records ends 2015 the same way it began: with Louisiana lights Brass Bed and Carbon Poppies. See exactly what a difference a year makes. The Pistolettes open at 9 p.m. at Gasa Gasa.
Thu.-Sat. Dec. 31-Jan. 16, 2016 | Varla Jean Merman, Ricky Graham, Sean Patterson and pianist Jefferson Turner romp through the Magic Kingdom in an adult homage to all things Disney. At 8 p.m. at Cafe Istanbul.
- Photo by Gary Loverde
Thu. Dec. 31 | The Circle Bar's 2016 christening recharges its music schedule with a vital dose of punk and garage rock from New Orleans' fuzz authorities Heavy Lids. Local punks Repulsars, Mississippi's Overnight Lows and seven-piece Memphis garage rockers Aquarian Blood also perform at 10 p.m. at Circle Bar.
Bitchin Bajas with Circuit des Yeux and Proud Father
Mon. Jan. 4 | Chicago's Bitchin Bajas are kings in the game of drones, a long-form art of making something extremely difficult sound exceptionally easy. The half-hour EP Transporteur (Hands in the Dark) turns four tracks into an endless figure-eight. Fellow Chicagoan Circuit des Yeux headlines and Proud/Father opens at 8 p.m. at Mudlark Public Theatre.