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Live music in New Orleans this week (July 25-31, 2017)

Scatterjazz, Idina Menzel, Kid Trails, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Big Freedia


Albey Balgochian with Simon Lott and Rob Cambre
Tue. July 25 | Scatterjazz's under-the-radar series at Sidebar NOLA hooks another big fish: Albey Balgochian, onetime bassist for founding free-jazz pianist Cecil Taylor, performing here with New Orleans improv vets Rob Cambre (guitar) and Simon Lott (drums). At 8:30 p.m.

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Idina Menzel
Tue. July 25 | Actress and singer Idina Menzel starred in the Broadway premieres of Rent and Wicked, appeared on TV's Glee and voiced the character Elsa in Disney's Frozen, also singing its hit song "Let It Go." She's released five albums, including 2016's Idina. At 7:30 p.m. at Saenger Theatre.

Kid Trails
Tue. July 25 | Patrick Jeffords and Andy Woodward — bassist and drummer for Chaz Bundick's Toro y Moi — make sweet, summery indie pop on their own time as Kid Trails, whose self-released 2016 debut Kid Trails Rising luxuriates in a lo-fi haze with top-down, beach-bound breezy hooks. Those Lavender Whales and Silk open at 10 p.m. at Siberia.

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Dr. Lonnie Smith
Fri.-Sat. July 28-29 | Hammond B3 organist Dr. Lonnie Smith mixed jazz and R&B early in his career while performing with George Benson and has pursued a free-spirited, trippy approach to jazz, R&B and blues. He's joined by Donald Harrison Jr., Detroit Brooks and Joe Dyson. At 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. at Snug Harbor Jazz Bistro.

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Big Freedia and Delish Da Goddess
Sat. July 29 | It was only a matter of time before bounce's queen diva collided on the same stage with the rising New Orleans rap goddess, a Violet native who howls her fierce raps over ominous beats. Delish and Sea Battle open at 10 p.m. at Gasa Gasa.

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