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Live music in New Orleans this week (March 28-April 3, 2017)

Brian Wilson, Avett Brothers, Audra McDonald, Allah-Las, Vox and the Hound


Brian Wilson with Al Jardine and Blondie Chaplin
Wed. March 29 | God only knows how he's doing it, but Brian Wilson's revival shows no signs of slowing. After performing Pet Sounds in its entirety 99 times last year on its 50th Anniversary World Tour, Wilson added another 39 performances, of which this is the second. At 8 p.m. at Saenger Theatre.


Update: This show has been canceled. The Avett Brothers
Thu. March 30 | In True Sadness (American/Republic), Scott and Seth Avett saw the light. The Brothers' ninth album uses Rick Rubin's devil magic and a "We Will Rock You" stomp-and-clap to launch their most inclusive record yet. At 7:30 p.m. at Saenger Theatre.

  • Photo by Michael Wilson

Audra McDonald
Fri. March 31 | Audra McDonald plays an opera singer turned into a wardrobe in Disney's recently released Beauty and the Beast. Fans can hear the six-time Tony Award winner (Ragtime, Porgy and Bess, Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill) sing with piano accompaniment by Seth Rudetsky. Her husband Will Swenson (Hair, Les Miserables) also makes an appearance. At 8 p.m. at NOCCA.

  • Photo by Laura Lynn Petrick

Sat. April 1 | Summoning the sun-deprived side of California, the Los Angeles garage pop band's third LP Calico Review (Mexican Summer) arrived at the tail end of summer 2016, dripped in sweaty reverb, jangly guitars and blurry visions of a Sunset Strip blackout. The Babe Rainbow opens at 9 p.m. at One Eyed Jacks.


Vox and the Hound album release
Sat. April 1 | The New Orleans rock band turned to spaghetti Westerns for inspiration for its breakout 2012 album Courage, but for its anticipated VHS fuzz-covered, synth pop- and R&B-influenced follow-up Aloha Shores, the band binged on John Carpenter and cornball '80s action, doused with a yacht-rocked twist of lime. Renshaw Davies opens at 9 p.m. at Three Keys at the Ace Hotel.

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