Will Downing Bayou Music Center, May 10
Known for his rich baritone vocals and an unabashed devotion to romantic ballads, Will Downing may be the quintessential ladies man, so keep a close eye on your woman as he croons a blend of contemporary jazz and R&B that would make even Luther blush.
With a catalog of smooth tunes that stretches way back to the 1980s, the Brooklyn-based Downing has been steadily hovering on the cusp of mainstream acclaim, dropping sophisticated soul albums and gracing us with some pretty decent covers, including a wicked version of John Coltrane's "A Love Supreme." With Gerald Albright. ANGELICA LEICHT
Lost Bayou Ramblers Continental Club, May 10
Led by brothers Andre and Louis Michot - grandsons of the late Louis J. Michot, a Louisiana ex-politician who founded the Burger Chef fast-food franchise - the Lost Bayou Ramblers are living proof that traditional Cajun music is thriving and evolving well into the 21st century.
The decade-old Lafayette-based quartet laced their lively fiddle-and-accordion tunes with a healthy dose of rock fuzz and welcomed guests Dr. John, the Violent Femmes' Gordon Gano and even Scarlett Johanssen on last year's album Mammoth Waltz. With the 44s. CHRIS GRAY
TEN OTHER SHOWS YOU SHOULD CONSIDER By Chris Gray
Titus Andronicus, the So So Glos: Hipster alert! (Walters, May 10)
Cannibal Corpse, Napalm Death: Just in time for Mother's Day. (Fitzgerald's, May 10)
D.R.I.: See Thursday's Rocks Off 100 on Kurt Brecht, the thrash-punk legends' front man, right here. (Scout Bar, May 10)
Micky & the Motorcars: Austin's younger Braun brothers bring their red-dirt Americana rock back to the Firehouse. (Firehouse Saloon, May 10)
KSBJ 30th Anniversary Concert: Christian-pop FM powerhouse celebrates three decades on the air with big-timers MercyMe, Switchfoot, Francesca Batistelli, For King and Country and more. (Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, May 11, gates at 4 p.m.)
One More Time: The most awesome Daft Punk tribute show you will see this weekend, maybe this year, and an excellent primer for the impending release of the real thing's Random Access Memories later this month. (Stereo Live, May 11)
Dead Rabbits, Dollyrockers: Local Celtic-punk and psychobilly groups each rate 80 proof. (Rudyard's, May 11)
Ivan Neville's DumpstaPhunk: Second-generation New Orleans R&B royalty (he's Aaron's son) burrows some serious groove. (Last Concert Cafe, May 11)
Chuck Mead & the Grassy Knoll Boys: Former BR5-49 leader with a twisted sense of humor keeps trad-country torch alight. (Continental Club, May 12)
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Torche: Florida doom-metallers will wipe out whatever's left of your weekend. (Fitzgerald's, May 12)