Best Live Shows Coming to New Orleans This Spring

Whether you like to get down to remixed hip hop beats or sway to sweet melodies, this spring in the Crescent City is packed with live shows to please every music listener.

Over the next few months, artists like STS9, Dan Deacon, and Rising Appalachia will be making stops in New Orleans. INVADE has picked a handful of upcoming shows you won’t want to miss – so get your tickets early!


BUKU Music + Arts Project (March 13 and March 14 at Mardi Gras World)

In its 4th year, BUKU Music and Arts Project presents a stacked lineup of live performance and art showcase featuring everyone from A$AP Rocky to TV on the Radio to Boosie Badazz. Mardi Gras World will be transformed into an adult playground of interactive arts projects and music spanning five stages. Be prepared to shake the house down on the dance floor and have your mind blown by all the art.

LiveShowsComingtoNewOrleans_Buku Music + Art Project[Image via Buku]


STS9 (March 14 at Joy Theater)

Always a festival favorite, STS9 will be throwing down a late-night BUKU set this Saturday. The five-piece electronic musical collective has quickly amassed an international following hyped on the group’s visually stunning light show paired with their tribal, ambient sound.

**STS9-2011-FINAL-without nutstars[Image via Live Music Daily]


Rubblebucket (March 14 at Gasa Gasa)

Seeing Rubblebucket live might just make you feel wild and free while dancing madly. The dynamic octet will be gracing the Crescent City with their colorful sound on March 14. We suggest dusting off your dancing shoes.

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Clean Bandit (March 22 at Republic)

British electronic group Clean Bandit has been described as “fusion” music: intertwining deep-house, classical compositions, and a bit of humor, the group’s songs combine unlikely elements for a unique electronic vibe.

[Image via Clean Bandit]


Twin Shadow + Lolawolf (March 24 at Republic)

Experimenting with sound since the age of 14, Twin Shadow has garnered fame for having a sound that ranges in scope and enterprise. Twin Shadow now shares music through his dream label, 4AD. Don’t miss opening act Lolawolf, either.

LiveShowsComingtoNewOrleans_Twin Shadow[Image via SF Station]


Kodak to Graph + Big Wild + OBESØN (March 26 at Hi-Ho Lounge)

Originating from Florida, Kodak to Graph’s soundscapes weave together snippets of music influenced by the cities he’s lived in – everything from quiet suburbia to modern metropolis. Big Wild opens with exploratory dance music while OBESØN brings melodies mixed with R&B.

LiveShowsComingtoNewOrleans_Kodak to Graph[image via Kodak to Graph]


Rising Appalachia (March 28 at Civic Theatre)

Bringing new sounds, stories, and songs from across the world, Rising Appalachia meld global influences in a sound that’s fresh and modern. Hailing jointly from southern Appalachia and New Orleans, the group packs soul-burning numbers that reach out and grab you by the heartstrings.

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[Image via Rising Appalachia]


Shiba San (April 1 at Hi-Ho Lounge)

Shiba San blends hip-hop and house music to make dance-ready beats. You can find his music all along the club circuit from Miami to Paris.

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[Image via Shiba San]


SHLOHMO (April 6 at Republic New Orleans)

Visual artist turned self-taught musician, SHLOHMO dropped out of college to create an album with just his MacBook. The emotive quality of his music reflects his personal journey. Gaining nods from NPR and New York Times, he’s leading the way for the next generation of producers.

LiveShowsComingtoNewOrleans_SHLOHMO[Image via ACCLAIM]


French Quarter Fest (April 9 through April 12)

Quickly ascending the hierarchy of New Orleans festivals, French Quarter Fest touts fun-filled, free entertainment across stages nestled throughout the Vieux Carré. Stroll through the Quarter with daiquiri in hand to catch local legends like Allen Toussaint as well as hometown favorites like Flow Tribe and Cardinal Sons.

LiveShowsComingtoNewOrleans_French Quarter Festival[Image via Zack Smith]


Dan Deacon (April 21 at Republic)

Known for his one-of-a-kind performances, Dan Deacon stops off in New Orleans this April to spin you some frenetic, dance-ready jams on his international tour that ends in a trip across the pond to Europe.

LiveShowsComingtoNewOrleans_DanDeacon [Image via Pitchfork]


GOV’T MULE (April 24 at Saenger Theatre)

Longstanding staple in the jam band scene, Gov’t Mule is no stranger to sold-out shows. The band continues to celebrate twenty years of rock n’ roll longevity. Get ready to rock with them in the historic Saenger Theatre.

LiveShowsComingtoNewOrleans_Govt Mule[Image via All About Jazz]


Primus & The Chocolate Factory (May 1 and May 2 at Civic Theatre)

At the tender age of eight, Primus’ Les Claypool attended the premiere of Charlie & The Chocolate Factory. The iconic film inspired an entire musical project paying homage to the darker, more menacing undertones of Roald Dahl’s famous novel.

LiveShowsComingtoNewOrleans_Primus[Image via Spin]


Earl Sweatshirt (May 8 at Republic)

Earl Sweatshirt’s gritty wordplay can be heard on his retrospective album Doris. A member of hip-hop collective Odd Future, Earl transforms his life experiences into lyrically dense explorations of self, family, and society.

LiveShowsComingtoNewOrleans_Earl Sweatshirt[Image via AU Review]


Lord Huron (May 8 at Civic Theatre)

Drawing from the depths of Lake Huron, Ben Schneider manifested Lord Huron in a distinctly sunnier milieu while in California. On stage, the indie-folk quintet performs songs steeped in Americana feels.

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[Image via Witness This]


Purity Ring (May 26 at Republic)

With praise from The New York Times, Rolling Stone, and NPR, Purity Ring debuts a long-awaited second album, Another Eternity. A beautiful blend of metaphoric vocals and evocative melodies, the album represents the duo’s next level of innovative musicianship.

LiveShowsComingtoNewOrleans_Purity Ring[Image via Vogue]