This week’s Sound Check contains no mention of Snug Harbor Jazz Bistro or the Maple Leaf Bar. Both venues have canceled all shows until at least mid-August after employees tested positive for COVID-19. Faubourg Brewery has also pulled the plug on live music through the end of August.
Before its shutdown, the Maple Leaf was one of three venues — along with Tipitina’s and d.b.a. — to enact new policies requiring attendees to show either proof of a COVID-19 vaccination or a negative test from the previous 72 hours.
As infection rates spike via the delta variant, Gov. John Bel Edwards reinstated an indoor mask mandate throughout Louisiana this week, following Mayor LaToya Cantrell’s institution of a similar mask mandate in New Orleans.
Bottom line: The live music landscape is changing fast. As of this writing, the following shows — including the Fillmore New Orleans’ first big rock show in more than year — are still on for the week of Aug. 5, with relevant COVID-19 protocols in place.
THURSDAY, Aug. 5
Horace Trahan & Ossun Express pull into Rock ‘N’ Bowl for Zydeco night.
The Comedy Gumbeaux troupe serves up jokes at the Howlin’ Wolf.
Trumpeter Wendell Brunious leads the band at Preservation Hall for shows at 5 p.m., 6:15 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. He’s back at the hall again Friday.
Buffa’s Lounge on Esplanade Avenue presents pianist Tom McDermott and singer Meschiya Lake for ticketed shows at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.
Hear the Brass-A-Holics at the Jazz Playhouse inside the Royal Sonesta, starting at 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY, Aug. 6
Contraflow cranks up arena rock from the ‘80s — Journey, Foreigner, Motley Crue, Van Halen, etc. — at Rock ‘N’ Bowl.
Naughty Professor first came together in 2010 as a coalition of Loyola University jazz studies students. After graduation, they hit the road in earnest. As a jazz-funk instrumental sextet, three horns function as the band’s “voice,” as heard on multiple recordings and many stages across the country. Naughty Professor is featured for this Friday’s installment of the summer-long “Free Fridays” series at Tipitina’s. Show time is 10 p.m., with saxophonist Brad Walker opening the show with an avant-jazz ensemble.
Visit Trixie Minx’s “Burlesque Ballroom” for either the 7 p.m. or 9 p.m. show at the Jazz Playhouse in the Royal Sonesta.
The Comedy Gumbeaux crew returns to the Howlin’ Wolf for a “Joke Party” starting at 8 p.m., followed by the Hot 8 Brass Band — filling in for usual Friday night closer the Rebirth Brass Band — at 10 p.m.
Jazz trumpeter and vocalist Jeremy Davenport swings out with his combo at the Davenport Lounge inside the Ritz-Carlton.
SATURDAY, Aug. 7
The Iko Allstars, fronted by guitarist and dedicated Deadhead Billy Iuso, take over Tipitina’s for a night of Grateful Dead songs and jams. Showtime is 10 p.m.; tickets are $20.
Indie-pop duo Alexis & the Samurai, featuring vocalist/percussionist/guitarist Alexis Marceaux and multi-instrumentalist Sam Craft, visits Gasa Gasa on Freret Street.
Rock ‘N’ Bowl hosts the Youth & Family Fest, featuring local contemporary Christian band Perfect Love, from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Later on Saturday, the smooth sounds of late-1970s/early 1980s easy listening rock are the soundtrack for Yacht Rock Night at Rock ‘N’ Bowl with 3 Dolla Bill.
Funk/rock/pop band Water Seed throws down at the Jazz Playhouse inside the Royal Sonesta.
Drummer Shannon Powell powers the band at Preservation Hall at 5 p.m., 6:15 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Guitarist/vocalist Walter “Wolfman” Washington plugs in at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. at Buffa’s Lounge.
The Bucktown Allstars play a free White Linen Night party at the Ugly Dog Saloon on Andrew Higgins Blvd.
SUNDAY, Aug. 8
The Palmetto Bug Stompers do a free show at d.b.a. at 5 p.m., followed by the Treme Brass Band at 9, with a $10 cover.
Ryan Foret & Foret Tradition deal swamp pop starting at 4:30 p.m. at Rock ‘n’ Bowl. (They’re back at Rock ‘n’ Bowl on Wednesday.)
Following Trixie Minx’s weekly “Minx Burlesque” show — guests are requested to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test, in addition to wearing masks — at the Howlin’ Wolf at 6, the Hot 8 Brass Band fires up at 9.
Trumpeter Gregg Stafford fronts the Preservation Legacy Band at Preservation Hall for three sets.
TUESDAY, Aug. 10
The Fillmore New Orleans hosts its first big rock show in more than a year courtesy of Chicago punk band Rise Against. The band’s “Nowhere Generation Tour” also features Descendents and the Menzingers. General admission tickets start at $32 plus service charges.