Punk/New Wave Reunion
Jimmy’s, 8200 Willow St.
Jimmy Anselmo has spent most of this year working to get the famed music club in the Riverbend that bore his name back open for live music. He was supported in his efforts by members of the city’s punk and new wave community that found a musical home at Jimmy’s in the late ’70s and early ’80s.
Many of those bands reunited to play a fundraiser for Anselmo while he was fighting City Hall, and the club will host another punk and new wave reunion Friday night with Sexdog, The Backstabbers, and Stephie and The White Sox topping the bill.
The fashion of the day is tough to pull off 40 years later, but the bands remain committed to the fast, hard, immediate sound of punk.
Friday and Saturday
George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic
Tipitina’s, 501 Napoleon Ave.
Since 1967, George Clinton has been the impresario behind a funk circus that had at least a dozen side projects on almost as many labels. P-Funk shows remain extravaganzas, even if a spaceship no longer lands on stage. The shows surge and breathe organically, with the lineup growing and shrinking throughout the show in the way that best serves the jam.
There was a time when the entire band played in costume; these days, it’s not mandatory but many musicians mask for the shows, and they’re asking fans to join them on this special two-night stand.
One Eyed Jacks, 615 Toulouse St.
The Breeders began as an alternative rock supergroup of sorts led by The Pixies’ Kim Deal and Throwing Muses’ Tanya Donnelly (now a New Orleanian), but the best known incarnation was led by Deal and her sister Kelley, and they made 1993’s “Last Splash” album and its huge hit single, “Cannonball.”
In 1994, addiction issues forced Kelley Deal into rehab, and the musical moment had passed by the time she emerged as the members were involved in other projects. Versions of the band have recorded and performed since, but its most successful lineup hadn’t reunited until this year when they began to tour in support of “LSXX,” a three-CD deluxe reissue of “Last Splash.”
It’s that show that comes to New Orleans with all the fun of the Breeders’ heyday and significantly less drama.