Saenger Theater
Saenger theater
Flickr/Andrea Ciambra

Saenger Theater

Saturday
Oct 8
Responsible for hits like “The Gambler” and “Ruby, Don’t Bring Your Love to Town,” Kenny Rogers says he’s finally retiring from music after an impressive career that spanned nearly six decades. One of the first country musicians to consistently sell out arenas nationwide, Rogers will appear for the last time in person on “The Gambler’s Last Deal” tour. Even if you’re not a huge country fan, seeing a legendary performer in one of New Orleans’ most historic venues is a pretty great way to spend the evening.
Sunday
Oct 16
Sarah Silverman offers an experimental approach to stand-up with biting humor that often masks cutting social commentary and experimental approaches to stand-up. Her unapologetic material earned her a brief but hilarious series on Comedy Central, numerous stand-up specials, and film and television roles. Comedy fans looking for one of the industry greats should definitely grab a seat for Silverman.
Wednesday
Nov 16
C’mon, admit it. You kinda wanna see these early 2000’s pop/goth rockers in person, if only to hear their biggest song, “Bring Me to Life,” live. Evanescence first took over the airwaves back in 2003, and went on to spend weeks at the top of Billboard charts while selling tens of millions of records. They’ve seen varying degrees of success since then, but this is their first extended tour since the band announced a hiatus back in 2012. Lead singer Amy Lee said there aren’t any plans for a new record anytime soon, so November’s your chance to let out your inner teen angst.
Thursday
Dec 1
OK, so technically Lauryn Hill is playing at the beginning of winter... but New Orleans seasons never quite adhere to a proper calendar, anyway. The modern soul/hip-hop artist is making a stop in the Crescent City for her inaugural "MLH Caravan: A Diaspora Calling!" concert series, which will include performances by her and special guests while showcasing “the many facets of cultural and artistic beauty throughout the African diaspora.” The variety of talent on display that night should make attending a no-brainer.
Orpheum
Orpheum
Wesley Hodges

Orpheum

Monday
Sep 26
It would be remiss not to check out this British electronic music wunderkind. Blake’s complex, atmospheric scores underlay his seriously gorgeous vocal talent, and seeing him in a place with acoustics like the Orpheum would only make the show that much better. Also, be sure to bring some tissues, because his soulful crooning about lost love might make you unexpectedly tear up... not that we’re is speaking from experience or anything.
Sunday
Oct 23
You might’ve seen Postmodern Jukebox -- or some variation of their imitators -- on YouTube and social media feeds. Scott Bradlee and company take modern pop hits and reimagine them as classic swing, jazz, and ragtime songs from the early 20th century, and their attention to detail often masks the fact that their source material came out sometimes only months ago. There's no better way to hear these re-imagined hits than in the city that birthed many musical genres.
Tuesday
Oct 25
The prolific American humorist is making a stop in New Orleans, and readers of his work should immediately grab a ticket before they undoubtedly sell out. Sedaris’ prolific catalogue has consistently showcased his verbosity, wit, and charm while providing deeply insightful and hilarious social commentary. If that weren’t enough, the author is incredibly entertaining live, and is worth a viewing for his performance alone. A book signing will follow the show, so be sure to grab your favorite title of his before you leave the house.
Friday - Saturday
Oct 28-29
Given the acoustics, it would be a shame to not include at least one classical performance on a list of fall theater performances. The Orpheum will host the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra in mid-November for a rendition of Brahms’ "Requiem," the seven-movement work written over three years by the 19th-century German composer. At nearly 90 minutes, it’s the composer’s longest work, but it will be time well-spent -- especially if you need a culture break from French Quarter debauchery.
Joy Theater
Joy Theater
Flickr/Paul Sableman

Joy Theater

Thursday
Sep 29
After having to cancel last year’s event, the Bear Creek Bayou Festival is set to make its big-name return with acts like The Flaming Lips and George Clinton & The Parliament Funkadelic. Before the festivities, however, the Joy Theater will host a pre-party concert featuring Soulive & Friends. The show is perfect for fans who want to get a head start on the funk and soul jam sessions that will undoubtedly follow later that weekend.
Wednesday
Oct 12
If you’re not familiar, the name of this international hit of a podcast pretty much says it all. Comedians Corinne Fisher and Krystyna Hutchinson started the show a few years back to unabashedly and honestly examine sexuality, starting with interviewing the men they’ve slept with. Dubbed “the Anti Slut-Shaming Podcast,” Guys We F***ed isn’t meant to be inherently scandalous, but rather a frank talk about gender roles, self-worth, and, well, duh, sex. What better way to check out an explicit and brutally honest sex talk show than in a theater full of strangers?
Friday
Oct 21
Tig Notaro made national headlines a few years back after giving a startlingly confessional and hilarious stand-up show detailing the almost unbelievable amount of tragedy happening in her life. Fans and newcomers can catch one of the smartest and most insightful comedians touring this fall -- and if you still can’t get enough Tig, tune into her semi-autobiographical Amazon series, One Mississippi.
Thursday
Nov 3
Dark electro-pop duo Phantogram will bring their hypnotic and immensely entertaining live show to New Orleans. Since 2007, Sarah Barthel and Josh Carter have crafted hit after hit, and judging by their shows in advance of their new album, III, they haven’t lost any of their edge or swagger. Music lovers looking for heavy electronic instrumentation on top of insanely catchy hooks should definitely check out the concert in an intimate theater setting like the Joy.
Thursday
Nov 3
Dark electro-pop duo Phantogram will bring their hypnotic and immensely entertaining live show to New Orleans. Since 2007, Sarah Barthel and Josh Carter have crafted hit after hit, and judging by their shows in advance of their new album, III, they haven’t lost any of their edge or swagger. Music lovers looking for heavy electronic instrumentation on top of insanely catchy hooks should definitely check out the concert in an intimate theater setting like the Joy.
Civic Theatre
Civic Theatre
Brett Duke/Times-Picayune

Civic Theatre

Friday
Sep 16
New Orleans has an extensive history with burlesque dancing, and for the past seven years, the best in the biz could be found at the city’s annual festival showcase. The Civic will host this year’s Burlesque Festival, which features professional performances set to live jazz music and judged by some of the scene’s biggest celebrities, who will crown this year’s “Queen of Burlesque.” The fest is sure to be a scandalously good time, and is an excellent event for both locals and tourists.
Wednesday
Sep 28
Veteran prog alt-rockers Coheed and Cambria made an international name for themselves over the course of five studio albums that told the continuous, impressively expansive sci-fi storyline known as “The Armory Wars.” They’ve since moved on from their massive imaginary universe, but the music is as hard-hitting and complex as ever. Coheed and Cambria hits the Civic alongside fan favorites Saves the Day and Polyphia.
Sunday
Oct 30
Just in time for Halloween, Here Come the Mummies are set to rock the Civic for a night of creepy fun funk music. The eight-piece band comprised of “5000-year-old Egyptian mummies” that deliver “terrifying funk from beyond the grave.” OK, they probably aren’t actually undead (probably),  but they’re a great way to celebrate the Halloween season. The group will play alongside NYC-by-way-of-Japan punk rockers Peelander Z, whose own superhero backstory gives the headliners a run for their… mummy.
Monday
Nov 14
Experimental indie rock gods Animal Collective have been a mainstay for years now, and are worth seeing live any chance you can get. Comprised of individual accomplished artists David Portner, Noah Lennox, Brian Weitz, and Josh Dibb, the band has released a number of albums ranging from critically acclaimed to instant genre classics. They’ll be sharing the stage with UK avant-garde producer Actress in mid-November, so fans don’t have to wait too long for what will be an undoubtedly great show.