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Live music in New Orleans this week (Feb. 13-19, 2018)

Mark McGrain, Why? and Open Mike Eagle, Ledisi, Pedro the Lion and Julie Odell


Mark McGrain album release
Thu. Feb. 15 | For his new album Love, Time, and Divination, trombonist Mark McGrain mixes original compositions and jazz standards, backed by pianist Matt Lemmler, bassist James Singleton and vocalist John Boutte. He's joined by guitarist Todd Duke for shows at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. at Snug Harbor.


Why? and Open Mike Eagle
Thu. Feb. 15 | Bouncing back with 2017's Moh Lhean, Yoni Wolf's (pictured) genre-defying vessel for hip-hop and psychedelic-inspired arrangements sounds as ageless and curiously captivating as it did in its 2000s heyday. He finds his match in 2018 counterpart Open Mike Eagle, whose acclaimed Brick Body Kids Still Daydream is his personal and political mind warp. At 8 p.m. at One Eyed Jacks.


A Tribute to Nina Simone feat. Ledisi and NOJO
Fri. Feb. 16 | Before 12-time Grammy Award-nominated singer-songwriter Ledisi takes her emotional tribute to Nina Simone to New York's Apollo Theater next month, she's joined by the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra and hosts Soledad O'Brien and the PowHERful Foundation at 7:30 p.m. at the New Orleans Jazz Market.


Pedro the Lion
Fri. Feb. 16 | Fourteen years after their last release, Achilles Heel (Jade Tree), David Bazan's self-flagellating indie-rock crew is giving it another go. If he thought the world was troubled in 2004, what depths might 2018 plumb? Marie/Lepanto opens at 9 p.m. at One Eyed Jacks.

Julie Odell
Sun. Feb. 18 | The former Giant Cloud frontwoman is among New Orleans' most devastatingly personal stage performers, capable of flooring audiences with a full-throated belt or a cracked whisper. "Strange Endangered Bird" indeed. Kathryn Rose Wood opens at 9 p.m. at One Eyed Jacks.

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