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New Orleans Area DIY Events and Shows

Last Updated June 25, 7:15 AM :: This list is an events calendar of [loosely] DIY activities in New Orleans.  This calendar includes music shows, independent theater, activist and other types of meetings, etc. You will not find a listing for the House of Blues.  The only way we can keep this list accurate and up-to-date is if you keep us informed.  We can't spend every waking hour searching the internet and looking for flyers.  Tell us what's going on! Submit your show to get it listed.

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Tuesday, June 25
Mars & Other Plants | Ghost Orchids | The Pause
Tuesday, June 25. Siberia. 9PM.
Flyer: https://dice-media.imgix.net/attachments/2024-06-11/23079e3b-1e3b-4d90-b652-ec79a1b9293f.jpg
Thursday, June 27
The Dog
Thursday, June 27. The Rock Pile. 9:30PM.
Generator show. Other bands welcome.
Friday, June 28
Jombi | Zoomst | Ethos of Izba
Friday, June 28. Carrollton Station. 9PM. $10.
Flyer: https://carrolltonstation.ticketleap.com/jombi-zoomst-and-ethos-of-izba
Com Truise | Merger
Friday, June 28. Southport Hall. 9PM. $20 (advance).
“How much emotion can one man convey through his machines? Yes, his songs tap classic sci-fi and proto-electro in a way that is distinctly early eighties in scope. But they’re also remarkably weird —stutter-step proggy and intoxicatingly psychedelic, like those classic touchstones got drunk on lava lamp juice inside a pinball machine.” Billed as “DJ sets.” If he doesn’t spin his own synthwave classics “VHS Sex” & “Flightwave,” we riot. Opening act is a NOLA EDM duo; instagram.com/mergerofficial. Flyer: https://www.instagram.com/p/C5gZ9vkxzh8
Saturday, June 29
That Bad (f.k.a. Bad Bongo) | Cazayoux
Saturday, June 29. Blue Moon Saloon (215 E. Convent Street, Lafayette).
Lafayette ska-pop nonet, not to be confused with the city’s other ska-pop nonet (or maybe still octet), Buffalo Lockjaw. Is this an overreaction to the area’s glum sludge metal mythos? Well, check out the sales figures on the Spin Doctors’ debut album, released near the start of grunge mania, to see that it can be profitable to zig when, or where, others zag. Tour flyer: instagram.com/thatbadmusic/p/C7E1pwEARRI
Girls Rock New Orleans 2024 Camper Showcase
Saturday, June 29. The Howlin Wolf. 2PM. $10 NOTAFLOF.
Quintron and Miss Pussycat | Crush Diamond | Spllit
Saturday, June 29. Intracoastal Club (8448 Main Street, Houma). 9:30PM. $12.
So freakin psyched for thizzzz swamp boogie banger. Can’t wait to let our spirit animals dance erratically into the night. SPLLiT followed by Crush Diamond followed by Quintron and Miss Pussycat.” SPLiTT’s new LP got a 7.7 from Pitchfork, subtitled / summarized “With tangled riffs and lyrics that read like fridge-magnet poetry, the Baton Rouge duo makes mischievous art punk with a gleefully absurdist spirit.” It seems they’ve been giving everything a lukewarm rating of between 7-8 this last half decade or so, after gaining their fame in the late ‘90s - mid ‘00s by giving outrageously high or low ratings that led to spirited discussions in the blogosphere. Flyer: facebook.com/events/738656058255838
Sunday, June 30
Genuine Mustard | Jacob's Ladder | The Rank Strangers
Sunday, June 30. Artmosphere. 5:30PM.
“3 great local bands. 5:30 The Rank Strangers - grass flavored acoustical envelopment with steel guitar, mandolin. 6:30 pm Jacob's Ladder - new alternative rock - jam influenced. 8:00 pm Genuine Mustard - local high energy fun times rock.” Flyer: https://facebook.com/events/447542057887178
Thursday, July 4
Stab | Cashier | Mood Room | Doctors
Thursday, July 4. Siberia. 9PM. $10.
You probably know that three of the first five U.S. Presidents perished on the 4th of July. Hopefully tonight’s star-spangled lineup of rockers will fare much better as the Chinese-made fireworks whiz past. (The Chinese are the inventors of fireworks, so that’s not a slight.) Austin distorted, grungy indie rock (Stab), Lafayette heavy shoegaze meets noise rock (Cashier), Birmingham emo / indie pop à la Girlpool (Mood Room), NOLA unpredictable jangle rock (Doctors). IGs: stabhorrormovie, cashier.band, moodroomies, d0ctorz. Flyer & not much info: https://dice.fm/event/bblgmx-stab-w-cashier-mood-room-doctors-4th-jul-siberia-new-orleans-tickets or https://www.instagram.com/p/C8ey550A1Si/?img_index=2. Alt flyer: https://www.instagram.com/p/C8KRDSPJkA9. Psst: Cashier have just been announced as openers for Dino Jr. at Tipitina’s on 9/25. This reminds one of when hunky local mopegaze trio Novak opened for Dino Jr. (when the headliners had a fraudulent lineup w/ 2 fill-in members) at H0B in late ‘97.
Remembering Bob Ross
Thursday, July 4. The Loose Caboose (201 McKinley Street, Lafayette). 7PM. FREE.
Few know or care that the American painter died on 7/4/95. “The Joy of Painting will be streaming on the TVs the whole time.” Free sparklers and not-free wieners. Flyer: https://facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1084589927007845
Saturday, July 6
High | Radians | Lisbon Girls | The Witchcraft Merit Badge | Foilsick
Saturday, July 6. Intracoastal Club (8448 Main Street, Houma). 9PM. $12.
Summer Slam. Headliners, NOLA’s HiGH, go on at 1 AM. SpongeBob flyer with IG links to each rock artist: https://facebook.com/events/2126320611036113
Sunday, July 7
Joystick | High | Christworm | Stgma | Nien
Sunday, July 7. The Drifter Hotel (3522 Tulane Avenue). 3PM. $25.
Punk rock pool party!! Lots of bands, emo karaoke, waterslide, photobooth, vendors, etc...
Thursday, July 11
Holy Animals by Paige Barnett Kulbeth | Sick Ride | Sasha Massey | Omar Zubair | Gina Aswell
Thursday, July 11. Acadiana Center for the Arts (101 West Vermilion Street, Lafayette). 7:30PM. $20.
“Homegrown from Lafayette and living in NYC, Paige Barnett Kulbeth is an artist acclaimed for her innovative integration of dance, music and video technology. Her new one-woman-show, Holy Animals, consists of larger-than-life projections, live music, and a combination of modern and classical choreography. Loosely based on Dante's The Divine Comedy, the musical score mirrors the circles of Hell, the terraces of Purgatory, and the celestial spheres of Heaven. Featured artists include rock duo Sick Ride (Trent Turnley, Matt Breaux), opera songstress Sasha Massey, electronic musician Omar Zubair, and dancer Gina Aswell.” This also takes place here at the same time the following day. http://simpletix.com/e/148496
Friday, July 12
Yes Daddy | NagaHiro | Ghostling | Wasted Potency | Brax
Friday, July 12. The Howlin Wolf. 7:30PM. $5.
Local oddball underground emo rap / backpack hip hop showcase. At “The Porch,” whatever that is; not the main room, nor the cute li’l Wolf Den.
Naughty Professor | Whisper Party!
Friday, July 12. Tipitina's. 9PM. FREE.
NOLA jazz-funk (Naughty Professor) & NOLA dream pop / synth rock (Whisper Party!). Part of the Free Fridays series, resented by NOLA & Company and Crystal Hot Sauce.
Saturday, July 13
Matchess (featuring Jenny Pulse) | MJ Guider | Supplicate
Saturday, July 13. Siberia. 9PM.
A post-ambient atmospheric soundscaper death match. The Chicago headliner is usually a solo studio project, but is touring with some help; see details at brooklynvegan.com/matchess-touring-with-haley-fohr-lula-asplund-jenny-pulse-more. This show kicks off the expanded-group portion of their tour; refer to second tour poster at link above. Jenny Pulse’s intriguing EP can be downloaded for free on Bandcamp. She & Tim Kinsella (lead baffler of Joan of Arc) have an art pop project on Kill Rock Stars. NOLA dream droner MJ Guider, playing her second local show in like forever, has released albums on Chicago label Kranky… yes, that Kranky, the famous & cool one. You have gained coolness just by reading about this event. NOLA’s Supplicate dishes out claustrophobic, Aphex Twin-esque electro throbbers, hopefully w/ strobe lights.
Saturday, July 20
Nest | Kill ‘Em Y’All | Killer Hearts | Flender | Reagan Era Rejects | Slab
Saturday, July 20. Holy Diver (1200 St. Bernard Avenue). 6PM.
Creepy Fest (day 3 of 4). The headliners opened arena shows for the reconstituted Pantera recently, & are on Phil’s label. Fest poster: https://facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=949412000309677
Friday, July 26
Not My Real Job | Fudosa [f.k.a. Katarak Attack] | Big Scary Indian | Doggish
Friday, July 26. Midcity Ballroom. 8PM (doors). $10 (door).
Psychic Summer fest (day 1 of 3). Zany local indie rock along w/ out-of-staters Fudosa (Albuquerque) & BSI (NYC). The next day is also here at MCB, but day 3 is at somewhere called Spice House or Secret Spice House - “Ask a punk!” Flyer: https://bontempstix.com/events/726-727-psychic-summer-2-for-1-bundle-7-26-2024
Saturday, July 27
The Body & Dis Fig | Cel Genesis
Saturday, July 27. Chelsea’s Live (1010 Nicholson Drive, Baton Rouge). 8PM. $15 (advance).
Flyer & description: facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=763536492553176
Sunday, July 28
The Body & Dis Fig | Cel Genesis | Thou | Nail Club
Sunday, July 28. The Broadside (600 N. Broad Street). 7PM. $20.
A night of experimental electronic music plus some ding dongs from Baton Rouge/Metairie/Nashville. Small room, so this will probably be packed! Get your cheaper, advance tickets here.
Wednesday, July 31
Iron And Wine | Rosali
Wednesday, July 31. The Orpheum. 8PM. $39 - $105.75.
Flyer: facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=927766125808015
Friday, August 2
Zao | Capra | Frail Body | Decoy
Friday, August 2. Midcity Ballroom. 7:30PM. $15.
Metal? In MY hardcore? Founded in ’93, Z has no original members, but its core duo has been intact since ‘99. Z toured with C as an opening act last September, incl. a scheduled show in NOLA on 9/29/23, but that leg fell through for unknown reasons, so C ended up headlining the NOLA date. I guess this show is sort of a make-up for that. Tour poster: facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=978670473616367
Thursday, August 22
Cults | Bnny
Thursday, August 22. Chelsea’s Live (1010 Nicholson Drive). 8PM. $25 (advance), $30 (door).
Manhattan duo Cults are one of the countless major-label indie pop acts of the past few decades who release brief albums that get lukewarm reviews (usually 6 to 7.5 stars outta 10), but maintain a fanbase and just keep plugging away, because all press is good press in the entertainment world. They just sort of exist as lifestyle accoutrements, occasionally getting spins on college radio, at Starbucks, or in commercials. These bands are almost always from media hotspots NYC & L.A. Majors generally sign them not to sell a lot of units, but in order to lure future “it” bands with more commercial potential that may pop up. For example, Nirvana signed to uncool Geffen Records (Sammy Hagar, Cher, Don Henley, Wang Chung, Nelson) b/c it had recently created an “alternative” sub-label that boasted cool niche acts like Sonic Youth, the Sundays, & the Posies, all of whom Nirvana admired. (Geffen had earlier secretly created the ludicrous faux-indie label Uzi Suicide to release early, extra-sleazy Guns N’ Roses material. Later labelmates Kurt & Axl often feuded, & had a near-brawl backstage at the VMAs.) Bnny = Slow, melancholic indie pop / dreamy post-grunge from Chicago w/ the usual sleepy female vox. RIYL: Mazzy Star, Snail Mail, Acetone.
Friday, August 23
Black Flag
Friday, August 23. Southport Hall. 7:30PM. $35.
“Black Flag performs the First Four Years of their Catalog, Live at Southport Hall. The First Four Years is a compilation album by the American hardcore punk band.”
Sunday, August 25
Jane's Addiction | Love And Rockets
Sunday, August 25. The Fillmore (6 Canal Street, 2nd floor). 7PM. $230+.
The coolest alt-goth mousse-core event of… 1989? Well, both bands reportedly have their full classic ‘80s lineups intact, no small feat given the trainloads of chemicals they’ve ingested & quarrels they’ve had. Such was Jane’s’ underground following / notoriety, especially among skaters / surfers / BMXers, that they nearly sold out the 7800-seat Municipal Auditorium – a smidge under the capacity of Lakefront Arena – in ‘91 with only a few minor radio hits. (They somehow drew a thousand more people than Nirvana, with a barrage of iconic hits, drew to Lakefront Arena three years later.) A pre-fame Soul Asylum opened. Tickets were only $16.50: https://janesaddiction.org/tour/show/janes-addiction/1991-02-15/144 Since then, Ticketmaster has certainly “been caught stealing” more and more, as seen in this 2024 concert’s price. (Ticketmaster & Live Nation own all Fillmores in America.) The way to fight such price gouging is by skipping this show and living vicariously in the past.
Thursday, August 29
Whitney Willis Hebert & Reid Willis: Sediment
Thursday, August 29. Acadiana Center for the Arts (101 West Vermilion Street, Lafayette). 7:30PM. $25-35.
“‘Sediment’ is a multimedia spectacle by Whitney Willis Hebert, featuring abstract videography and live music from Reid Willis. This new performance expands on their previous collaboration ‘Mother Of - Piano Reworks.’” 7:30 - 9:30. This show also takes place here at the same time the following day. simpletix.com/e/147775
Wednesday, September 18
Buzz “King Buzzo” Osborne | Trevor Dunn | Jeff “JD” Pinkus
Wednesday, September 18. The Varsity. 8PM. $29.50.
KB: Melvins, Fecal Matter, Fantômas, etc. TD: Mr. Bungle, John Zorn groups, Fantômas, Secret Chiefs 3, Trio-Convulsant, Melvins Lite, Tomahawk, etc. JDP: Butthole Surfers, Daddy Longhead, Honky, Areola 51, Melvins, etc. Experience bits and pieces of all the bands you once warned yourself about! Reminiscent of the mind-boggling Fantômas (Buzzo, Mike Patton, Dave Lombardo, Dunn) + Trio-Convulsant (Dunn, Mary Halvorson, Ches Smith) concert at HøB on 4/5/05. But this one will likely be less conceptually brutal and more sludgy / grungy / metallic. There will almost surely be Melvins chestnuts bandied about, just like our ancestors did with John Denver & Joni songs around the campfire. No opening act mentioned as of early Feb., unless it’s Pinkus doing his banjocore thing solo. Flyer: blocktickets-development.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/448824e1bd3199b58f5106e70631d833.png
Sunday, September 22
Cat Power
Sunday, September 22. Civic Theatre. 8PM. $55 - $225.
"Cat Power sings Dylan: The 1966 Royal Albert Hall Concert." All Bob covers; 7 acoustic songs followed by 8 electric ones. Make sure to shout “Judas!” at her at just the right moment. See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cat_Power_Sings_Dylan:_The_1966_Royal_Albert_Hall_Concert A rare chance to see the mercurial, honey-voiced Chan “Cat Power” Marshall in the Pelican State. Her previous known gigs have been: Ca. June ‘97 @ the Mermaid Lounge (now The Rusty Nail). Apparently the opening act, Two Dollar Guitar (feat. Sonic Youth’s Steve Shelley) doubled as her backing band on this tour. She reportedly had one of her then-frequent nervous breakdowns, at one point reading the newspaper aloud to the paltry crowd in this non-air-conditioned dive club with her back turned to them. She covered Dylan’s “Moonshiner” back in these days. Sep. ‘98 @ The Bayou in Baton Rouge (which burned down in ‘03 & is now City Slice Pizza). Apparently the Georgia band Smoke opened; she’s from that state. March ‘03 @ The Howlin’ Wolf (now Republic). Her highest-profile era, around the time she played on Letterman (introduced by Paul Shaffer as “Cat Powers!”) & was on the cover of three or four major music mags simultaneously. Reports were that this was just as disastrous as her ‘97 show blocks away at the Mermaid. Local indie pop singer Blair opened. Sep. ‘04 @ HOB Parish. Read about her alarmingly bizarre antics at https://odetochan.forumgratuit.org/t203-9-20-04-new-orleans-la-the-parish-at-the-house-of-blues. Entrance (Guy Blakeslee of psych rockers The Convocation Of…) opened, solo, & played some guitar for her. But she mostly played solo on guitar & piano, stopping & restarting various songs, apologizing, saying she wanted someone to kill her, etc. Dec. ‘13 @ HOB. She seemed more comfortable playing live (in her R&B era), & wore a black Wu-Tang Clan tee. But her strange issues persisted: http://afteriwasdead.blogspot.com/2013/12/are-you-mad-at-me.html. Nico Turner opened. The moral is: You never know what to expect at a Cat Power concert, even at one like this with a pre-planned setlist. Flyer: https://facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1007569244271722
Wednesday, September 25
Dinosaur Jr.
Wednesday, September 25. Tipitina's. 8:30PM. $35 (advance).
“In the decades since the release of Dinosaur Jr.'s original triptych of foundational albums, it has become clear that their sound -- once hailed as a sort of almost-tamed noise -- is/was/always-has-been fully functioning pop music of a sort. The subsequent generations of bands who grew up breathing Dino's fumes managed to tinker around with the edges of their original post-hardcore song-forms enough for listeners to realize there had always been melodies at the center of everything they did. What Dinosaur Jr. produces is nothing but a beautiful new version of the rock continuum -- riff, power, beat and longing, created with an eye on the infinite future.” Opener TBA. Relive their first(?) deafening NOLA visit at https://www.setlist.fm/setlist/dinosaur-jr/1989/jimmys-new-orleans-la-3bdd8c34.html. Flyer: facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=996290591865121
Friday, October 4
Johnny Marr | James
Friday, October 4. Fillmore (6 Canal Street). 8PM. $79.50 - $234.80.
Some concert prices are bigger than others… This will evidently only be the jangle guitar maestro’s third time setting black boot in Louisiana since https://www.setlist.fm/setlist/the-smiths/1986/mcalister-auditorium-tulane-university-new-orleans-la-2bd7d42e.html, along with two appearances as a member of Modest Mouse at HØB in ‘07. Actually, he might’ve played here as a member of The The from ‘88-‘94, but it’s impossible to look up that band’s name on that setlist site. James, also hard to look up online, are best known for their cheeky ‘93 hit “Laid.”
Wednesday, October 23
Opeth | Tribulation
Wednesday, October 23. The Fillmore (6 Canal Street). 7:30PM. $71+.
Two Swedish metal acts. The headliners went from standard growly death metal to more pretentious & proggy fare a few decades ago, as one witnessed at their debut Louisiana gig a few blocks away in May ‘03. They boast none of their original members, but their singer has been with them since ‘92. To put that in perspective, that’s when MTV’s The Real World debuted and (the next day) Johnny Carson retired. The openers began as the usual Swedish death / black metal, but now incorporate a more groove-oriented gothic metal thing.