Great Lake Swimmers
Thu. June 18 | With a sound as placid as the name suggests, Tony Dekker's Toronto-based Great Lake Swimmers have slowly raised the temperature one degree on each of their six LPs, from the Nick Drake whispers of 2003's eponymous debut to April's comparatively poppy A Forest of Arms (Nettwerk). The Weather Station opens at 8 p.m. at One Eyed Jacks.
King Sunny Ade
Fri. June 19 | The influential Nigerian multi-instrumentalist (and occasional actor) is renowned for his spin on Afro-juju music, combining percussive jams with Western instruments throughout his five-decade career. He performs with his African Beats, which often includes a towering lineup featuring more than a dozen performers, at 8 p.m. at House of Blues.
Fri. June 19 | Like every other lasting thing in New Orleans, Rotary Downs is easily taken for granted. The band's regular gigs and James Marler's talking tenor can feel like the venerable neighborhood bar you don't frequent often enough. Now's the time: Last year's spacious Traces gave the 13-year-old outfit a striking update. At 10 p.m. at One Eyed Jacks.
Sun. June 21 | The stand-up comic has appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman and starred in his own half-hour Comedy Central stand-up special. His acclaimed 2014 album Small, Dork and Handsome is whip-smart, complex and goofy as hell. At 9 p.m. at The New Movement.