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Nola live music letter

Editor's Note: There is so much live music in New Orleans, and sometimes it can be rather overwhelming to know what to hear, where to go, or what to do. Writer and music lover Wesley Hodges is giving weekly previews of the live music happening in New Orleans as well as some sneak previews into what is coming up. For a full view of Wesley's suggestions, check out his facebook page


Dr. John returns to Tipitina's this Tuesday (12/27) & Wednesday (12/28)

Hope everyone has had a wonderful holiday season thus far and has locked down some musical plans to help send off 2016 in style this week. If not, peruse the list of shows down below and hopefully you'll find something to your liking. There are plenty of options for those sticking around New Orleans on New Years Eve (see below) and a couple of Dr. John shows starting tomorrow night for those wanting to see Mac Rebennack and his band The Lower 911 hold court at Tipitina's.

If you're looking to make a donation this week before the calendar flips, consider theTipitina's Foundation or the Second Harvest New Orleans Food Bank to help strike out hunger in the Big Easy.

For a more extensive concert calendar, visit the WWOZ LivewireHave a great week and safe travels if you're leavin town!

New Music

- The great Nine Inch Nails just released a five-song EP titled Not The Actual Events on 12/23 and, by all accounts, NIN should be hitting the road hard in 2017 after 2+ years on the shelf. Atticus Ross (Trent Reznor's frequent soundtrack collaborator - The Social NetworkThe Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Gone Girl) will be joining the band as an official member! One of the greatest live acts out there and looking forward to seeing some tour dates hopefully very soon.

- Run The Jewels dropped Run The Jewels 3 on Christmas Day, giving fans a nice holiday surprise and something to help wean off the onslaught of Christmas music over the past few weeks. Killer Mike and El-P continue to maintain a high remarkably high level of quality with their third full-length


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Dr. John and the Nite Trippers at Tipitina's (TWO SHOWS: 12/27 & 12/28)

PJ Morton at Blue Nile (12/27)

BeauSoleil Avec Michael Doucet at Red Dragon (12/30)

Kermit Ruffins at Blue Nile (12/30)

Space Jesus with Yheti at Republic New Orleans (12/30)

Johnny Vidacovich, Big Chief Monk Boudreaux, June Yamagashi and Charlie Wooten Project at Maple Leaf Bar (12/31)

Kermit Ruffins and the BBQ Swingers at Blue Nile (12/31)

The New Orleans Suspects at The Maison (12/31)

Tank and the Bangas at Three Keys at Ace Hotel (12/31)

The Soul Rebels at d.b.a. (12/31)

Galactic at Tipitina's (12/31)

Pretty Lights LIVE at Mardi Gras World (12/30 & 12/31)

Foundation of Funk (George Porter Jr., Zigaboo Modeliste, Eddie Roberts and Robert Walter) and Dumpstaphunk at The Joy Theater (12/31)

The Revivalists with Seratones at Orpheum Theater (12/31)

Naughty Professor at Blue Nile (12/31)

The Soul Rebels at d.b.a. (12/31)

Modern Measure at Republic New Orleans (12/31)

Sexual Thunder! at Gasa Gasa (12/31)