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After the parades: 2015 Carnival concert guide

Stooges Brass Band

Stooges Brass Band taking it to the streets

After a long day of grabbing throws and hauling ice chests through pot-hole ridden streets, most would be tempted to get some rest in preparation for the next day's party.  But we New Orleanians have some sort of superhuman strength that kicks in this time of year and keeps us going late into the night when others would call it quits.

A heaping dose of live, world-class music may just be the source of this mysterious energy, and thankfully there's no shortage of that throughout the entire season.  We've rounded up some of the best shows going down around town, most not far from the parade routes, to keep you going long after the last floats have rolled.

January 31 - Krewe du Vieux

Naughty Professor and Stooges Brass Band at Blue Nile: Hot on the heels of an extensive national tour, Naughty Professor brings it on home for the unofficial kickoff of parade season.  Catch Krewe du Viuex and Krewe Delusion down near Frenchmen and you'll be steps away from this after party.

Sun Hotel at One Eyed Jack’s: For the past five years, the guys that make up Sun Hotel have become something of ambassadors for the local indie rock scene.  All good things must come to an end, though, and this show marks their final performance together as they celebrate the release of their last album.


February 6 - Oshun, Cleopatra

Colin Lake at Circle Bar: Colin Lake continues his ascent as one of the top roots-rock artists in the city with a rare show in the intimate confines of Circle Bar.  Located right off the parade route at Lee Circle, the venue's location could not be better.

Cha Wa

Cha Wa

February 7 - Knights of Sparta, Pygmalion

Cha Wa and Papa Mali at Maple Leaf Bar: The Mardi Gras Indians that make up Cha Wa deliver incredible performances year-round, but once Carnival hits they seem to take up a few notches.  Add slide-guitar phenom Papa Mali to the mix and you got one hell of a warm up to Fat Tuesday.


February 12 - Muses

Flow Tribe and Stoop Kids at Prytania Bar: Prytania Bar typically hosts some of the best bands in town during Mardi Gras season and this year is no exception.  After Muses, head over to Prtyania for the hip-hop meets doo-wop sound of Stoop Kids and the funky crunch of Flow Tribe.


February 13 - Morpheus

Anders Osborne and Lost Bayou Ramblers at Tipitina’s: The raucous zydeco of Lost Bayou Ramblers and Anders Osborne’s swamp rock will take the Mardi Gras party out to the country to start off an incredible weekend of music at Tip’s.  Check out the full lineup here.

The Revivalists and Sweet Crude at House of Blues: For those catching the parades in The Quarter, head to House of Blues for two of the best party bands in the city.  The Revivalists have been working lots of covers by The Who into their sets recently (including a killer “Baba O’Riley”), and Sweet Crude just celebrated their second anniversary together with a string of jaw-dropping shows.

Sweet Crude

Sweet Crude

February 14 - Endymion

Morning 40 Federation at d.b.a.: The booze-soaked monster that is Morning 40 Federation only rears its head a few times a year, and their Carnival shows are notoriously debaucherous.  Get to d.b.a. early and secure a good spot to soak in the grimy party anthems with the Morning 40 faithful.


February 15 - Bacchus

Soul Rebels at Le Bon Temps Roule: Amidst a very busy week, Soul Rebels pop in at their Thursday night haunt for a post-Bacchus party.  If you can’t catch this one, you can see them a number of other times throughout the week.

Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue at Tipitina’s: Arguably the biggest name in New Orleans music today, Trombone Shorty plays his annual Bacchus Bash at Tipitinas to what will certainly be a sell-out crowd.  Consider yourself warned and get your tickets here.



Lundi Gras

Galactic at Tipitina’s: Galactic’s all-night Lundi Gras show is something of a right of passage.  If you make it through to sunrise and head out to Zulu, you’ll find yourself surrounded by new friends that want nothing more than to keep the party going.  Another guaranteed sellout; purchase your tickets here.

New Orleans Suspects at Maple Leaf Bar: The New Orleans Suspects have began their own Lundi Gras tradition of playing deep into the night at the Maple Leaf with their wildly extensive repertoire of Mardi Gras classics.  At $10, the ticket price is unbeatable and the company at The Leaf is always exceptional.


Mardi Gras

Rebirth Brass Band @ Maple Leaf Bar: For those that somehow have a little steam left and are not glued to their bed/couch/floor by 5:00 p.m., Rebirth closes it down at The Maple Leaf for their regular Tuesday night gig.  What better way to send off another great Carnival than with one of the city’s proudest institutions?

Shane Colman writes about music for NolaVie. Email him at [email protected] Follow him on [email protected] and on Instagram at shawncoolman.