New Orleans is a jazz town with a fairly prominent rap/bounce scene and occasional fits of modern indie rock. Or so common logic says. In the next two months, whatever genre restrictions people perceive are being blown out entirely by the local concert calendar. With two major festivals sandwiched in between (Essence and Satchmo), concert goers can genuinely get whatever experience they want around the Crescent City in July and August.

Can’t miss for July/August

The biggest names are at Essence—Prince, Nas, Janelle Monae and the Roots to name a few. Or, wait, maybe the biggest names are oddly playing Champion’s Square: Boyz II Men, The Doobie Brothers and Peter Frampton. Actually, step inside the Superdome and you’ll find inarguably the biggest trio of modern music… Beyonce, Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake on two separate nights.

If you’re a diehard for any of the acts above, this is your chance to barely travel and shell out for some seats. But these crowds will be as epic as their sets, so other shows get preferential treatment in the next two months. Local Grammy-nominated Hot 8 Brass Band has a standing gig for just $10 each Sunday at Howlin’ Wolf. Legends like Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds or Wynton Marsalis unexpectedly pop-in too. And while it’s hard to argue with the intimate shows coming from buzzy acts like Gap Dream and Sylvan Esso, August marks the return of a modern rock hero with a passion for New Orleans. Clap Your Hands and Say Yeah are touring off the heels of a new album and Alec Ounsworth’s intimate living tour (which stopped in New Orleans in February, see above). If that acoustic set was any indication, adding a slew of electronics and amps won’t dampen any of Ounsworth’s passion or reverence for a city he truly loves (he’s recorded here and talks about finding a place some day). Get to One Eyed Jack’s for a show, stay for a celebration of New Orleans set to a underrated new album.

If spending $50…

[Clap Your Hands and Say Yeah, 8/13 at One Eyed Jack’s—$15] +

[Hot 8 Brass Band, any Sunday at Howlin’ Wolf—$10]

[Sylvan Esso8/16 at Gasa Gasa—$10] +

[Gap Dream8/30 at Circle Bar—$5] = $40, and $10 will probably get you to another Gasa Gasa gig too.

Curated Calendar

Air Sex Championships—One Eyed Jack’s (7/1) Tues

Essence Music Fest: Nas, Prince, Chic, Janelle Monae and moreSuperdome (7/3-7/6) Th-Su

DJ Questlove (w/ DJ Soul Sister)Tipitina’s (7/5) Sat

Hot 8 Brass Band—Howlin’ Wolf (7/6) Sun (*standing gig for Sundays through August)

Polyphonic Spree + Sarah Jaffe—Southport Hall (7/10) Th

Beyonce + Jay-Z—Superdome (7/20) Sunday

The Doobie Brothers + Peter FramptonChampion’s Square (7/20) Sunday

Nick Cave and the Bad SeedsJackson Center for Performing Arts (7/21) Monday

The Hood Internet—Hi-Ho Lounge (7/25) Fri

Steely Dan—UNO Lakefront Arena (7/26) Sat

Wynton Marsalis—Tipitina’s (7/27) Sun

Satchmo Summerfest (various local jazz acts)—Music at the Mint (7/31-8/3) Th-Sun

What Made Milwaukee Famous—Gasa Gasa (8/1) Fri

Justin TimberlakeSmoothie King Center (8/3) Sun

Clap Your Hands and Say Yeah—One Eyed Jack’s (8/13) Wed

Sylvan Esso—Gasa Gasa (8/16) Sat

Toto—House of Blues (8/18) Mon

Crosby, Stills and Nash—Saenger (8/23) Sat

Boyz II Men + En Vogue—Champion’s Square (8/24) Sun

Gap Dream—Circle Bar (8/30) Sat

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