Big Easy Blues Festival
Fri. Feb. 27 | Blues and soul singers Clarence "Strokin'" Carter and Mel Waiters headline the showcase. The lineup also includes Tucka, Lenny Williams and Sir Charles Jones. At 8 p.m. at UNO Lakefront Arena.
Lost Bayou Ramblers with Gordon Gano
Fri. Feb. 27 | Legend has it the collaborative kismet between the Lost Bayou Ramblers and Violent Femmes' Gordon Gano began when the latter climbed onstage at d.b.a. while the former was riffing on "Blister in the Sun." It now includes a recording (2012's Mammoth Waltz) and numerous gigs such as this one. At 10 p.m. at One Eyed Jacks.
- Photo by Al Watson
Sat. Feb. 28 | Defying her own tour title ("In the Name of Love," long since co-opted by U2), Diana Ross can't stop, won't stop. This sequined sequel to her Saenger-christening visit in 2013 is sure to pull them all out. At 8 p.m. at Saenger Theatre.
Nesby Phips and Fiend with PresHall Brass
Sat. Feb. 28 | The NOLA Hip-Hop Archive and Preservation Hall present this live collaboration from Preservation Hall's latest brass-based combo with New Orleans rappers Fiend, a former No Limit Records star who has released several well-received mixtapes, and Nesby Phips, whose album Simply Phips is expected later this year. At midnight at Preservation Hall.