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Today in NOLA: 5.25.16

Before Memorial Day, head out to the Square for some free live music or enjoy some late night tunes at a smaller venue. Forty years ago today, Dr. John performed his hit “Right Place, Wrong Time” on NBC’s The Midnight Special. Now, more to do this Wednesday.


Wednesday at the Square (Lafayette Square, 6p.m.)

In spring, hundreds flock to the Square weekly for this immensely popular outdoor music series. The YLC benefits are like a mini-fest replete with food and drink vendors. Today, songstress Marcia Ball headlines. The space fills up fast; so, send a friend early. Mia Borders is headlining.


Major Bacon (Banks Street Bar and Grill, 10pm)

Come rock out with the meaty trio comprised of Dave Renson on vocals and guitar, Eloise Davis on bass, and Bill Hjortsberg on drums. Bring your appetite for some homemade BLT’s.


Marisa Anderson (Siberia, 9p.m.)

This guitar virtuoso is rooted in Americana. She spent years studying the history of the instrument and the evolution music. Her early works evoked folk, Appalachia, and delta blues. Her latest works have seen that style expand and push the  boundaries of the six string. Her last release, “Into the Light,” is a scifi western.


Tin Men (d.b.a., 7p.m.)

Catch America’s premiere sousaphone, washboard and Guitar trio tonight at d.b.a.. The iconic Washboard Chaz leads Alex McMurray and Matt Perrine. Since 2002, the New Orleans band has been playing both at home and abroad. John Porter produced their 2013 CD “Avocado Woo Woo.”


Treme Brass Band (Candlelight Lounge, 9p.m.)

The Treme Brass Band will be playing tonight on their home turf. The band, which continues to make music after the loss of its leader Uncle Lionel Batiste in 2012, has played for audiences all around the world. They’ve been featured in the HBO show Treme as well as Spike Lee’s documentary ‘When The Levees Broke. ‘


New Breed Brass Band (Blue Nile, 11p.m.)

Ready to get down? Trombone Shorty’s proteges are ready to play some funky takes on New Orleans brass classics.

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