- Photo by CJ Harvey
Tue.-Wed. May 2-3 | Serendipity or completely intentional? The Chicago rock band, still fresh from 2016's excellent LP Down in Heaven, headlines two nights in New Orleans the same week as the release of its live double album Urbs in Horto. Chrome Pony and Post Animal open at 10 p.m. both nights at Gasa Gasa.
Thu.-Sat. May 4-6 | When you add the six shows Kamasi Washington is playing this week to the four he performed during the same stretch last year, it makes 10 sets culled from one album — barely enough to cover the depth and breadth of 2015 triple-LP The Epic, a bottomless font of cinematic jazz creativity. The double-features run at 9 p.m. and 2 a.m. at One Eyed Jacks.
- Photo by Sarrah Danziger
- Alynda Lee Segarra
Hurray For the Riff Raff
Fri. May 5 | Alynda Lee Segarra has had so many moments over the past five years that the word "breakthrough" loses all meaning: signing to ATO Records in 2013, issuing Small Town Heroes in 2014 and capturing national attention with the murder-ballad-inverting single "The Body Electric." Her new release The Navigator adds concept album and grand venues to the list of accomplishments. Leyla McCalla and Ron Gallo open at 9 p.m. at The Civic Theatre.
Fri.-Sat. May 5-6 | Returning to the Metal Tent at this year's much louder "jazz festival": punk rock, noise and lo-fi garage courtesy of Heavy Lids, NAG, Rubber Mate, Rim Job and Enoch Ramone on Friday, and Trampoline Team (celebrating the release of its latest album), UV TV, Brothers, Giorgio Murderer Group on Saturday. At 9:30 p.m. both nights at Poor Boys.
- Photo by Bill Douthart
- Mike Dillon
Sun. May 7 | The fourth annual rump-centric post-Fest festival includes "live booty painting" and music from the Mike Dillon Band, international hipshakers BateBunda, Hyperphlyy and Rusty Lazer. At 10 p.m. at Hi-Ho Lounge.