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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

Col. Bruce Hampton, center in blue, backstage with (from left) Warren Haynes of GOV'T MULE, Mike Mills and Peter Buck of R.E.M. during 'Hampton 70: A Celebration Of Col. Bruce Hampton' on May 1, 2017 // Rick Diamond/Getty Images

Rest In Power Col. Bruce Hampton (1947-2017)

Shocked as I'm sure many of you are today after having seen the news and immediate outpouring of heartfelt tributes from the countless artists who's lives Colonel Bruce Hampton touched during his 70 years on earth. The surreal way he passed last night at the end of a massive, four show celebrating his 70th birthday at Atlanta's Fox Theater would be hard to believe as a movie script. Surrounded by those who loved him at the biggest live celebration of his life's work to date. Undoubtedly today, he music world is saddened to lose such a creative and influential force of nature. But my what a way to go out.

RIP Col. Bruce, you will be missed and toasted countless times from New Orleans stages this week and around the world for ages.

Many of you will be hitting the Fairground for Jazz Fest, but there is musical life outside and after Jazz Fest. Here we go.

NIGHT SHOWS (jazzfestgrids.com has full list)

DAZE BETWEEN

Instruments-A-Comin at Tipitina's (5/1)

NOLA Crawfish Fest at Central City BBQ (5/1, 5/2 & 5/3)
Neil Diamond at Smoothie King Center (5/2)
Dragon Smoke with DJ Logic at One Eyed Jacks (5/2)
The Nth Power with Kofi Burbridge at Howlin' Wolf (5/2)
Twin Peaks with Chrome Pony and Post Animal at Gasa Gasa (5/2)
The New Pornographers with Waxahatchee (5/3)
Pixies at Saenger Theatre (5/3)

WEEKEND TWO 
Medeski, Martin and Wood with Nels Cline at The Civic Theatre (5/4)
Foundation of Funk featuring George Porter Jr., Zigaboo Modeliste, Jimmy Herring and JoJo Hermann at Republic New Orleans (5/4)
Sweet Crude at d.b.a. (5/4)
Lettuce and Marco Benevento at Joy Theater (5/4)
Karl Denson's Tiny Universe presents "Exile on Bourbon Street" with Luther Dickinson, Ivan Neville and White Denim at Orpheum Theater (5/5)
Kamasi Washington at One Eyed Jacks (Six Shows in Three Nights - 5/4, 5/5 & 5/6)
Hurray for the Riff Raff with Ron Gallo at The Civic Theatre (5/5)
Worship My Organ (Marco Benevento, Robert Walter, DJ Logic, Skerik and John Medeski) at The Maison (5/5)
Andy Shauf with Julia Jacklin and San Fermin at Gasa Gasa (5/5)
Cowboy Mouth at House of Blues (5/6)
Voodoo Dead at Republic New Orleans (5/6)
Greensky Bluegrass at House of Blues (5/6)
Galactic with The Infamous Stringdusters, San Fermin and Too Many Zooz (5/6)
North Mississippi Allstars with The Deslondes at Tipitina's (5/6)
The New Mastersounds at The Joy Theater (5/5 and 5/6 late nights - 2 am)
Joe Russo's Almost Dead at The Joy Theater (5/5, 5/6 & 5/7)

The Greyboy Allstars at Tipitina's (LATE SHOW SAT at 2 am - 5/6ish)
Dub Down Babylon by Dustan Louque featuring Nels Cline (Wilco) and Local Luminaries at Music Box Village (5/6)
Dumpstaphunk at Tipitina's (5/7)
Khruangbin at One Eyed Jacks (5/7)

LIFE AFTER JAZZ FEST (it does exist)
The Weeknd at Smoothie King Center (5/9)
The Besnard Lakes with The Life and Times at Gasa Gasa (5/10)
Sondre Lerche at One Eyed Jacks (5/13)
Hoops with PARTS at Gasa Gasa (5/15)
Lionel Richie with Mariah Carey at Smoothie King Center (5/18)
X at One Eyed Jacks (5/18)
Band of Horses at Joy Theater (5/19)
Cam'ron with Juelz Santana at Howlin' Wolf (5/19)
Vallis Alps with Kweku Collins at Gasa Gasa (5/20)