As the summer heats up, we’re keeping it cool with live music. From free local shows to nationally touring artists, check out music highlights for the month of August below.

Satchmo Summerfest

Celebrating the life and legacy of Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong, Satchmo Summerfest is a food and music fest that takes over the French Quarter. Expect performances from Big 6 Brass Band, Nigel Hall, Kermit Ruffins in tribute to Louis Armstrong, and more. Food vendors include 14 Parishes’ jerk chicken, a vegan fish po-boy from Beaucoup Eats, sno-balls from Plum Street Snowballs, and more. Satchmo Summerfest is August 6-7, and tickets are $7 per day.

Tipitina’s Free Fridays

Presented by Crystal Hot Sauce, Tipitina’s Free Fridays summer concert series is back and better than ever. On Fridays from May 27 to September 3, enjoy free concerts from a rotating list of local performers, including Tribal Gold, Steve Kelly with Andrew Campanelli, Noah Young, Sagr Rouge, Andriu Yanovski, & Joe Pizzolato, Billy Iuso, and the New Orleans Nightcrawlers, plus more, for the month of August.

Thursdays at Twilight

The Thursdays at Twilight summer concert series is a great way to enjoy City Park in the middle of the week. The concerts take place indoors and will feature Ladies of Soul, John Boutté, Boogiemen Swing Band, and Little Freddie King for the month of August. Admission is $15.

Father John Misty & Suki Waterhouse

Singer-songwriter Father John Misty and indie opener Suki Waterhouse stop by the Orpheum Theater on August 13. Tickets start at $39.99.

Luke Bryan, Riley Green & Mitchell Tenpenny

Country music fans can park it in New Orleans for the late summer and fall, with several big-name artists playing the Smoothie King Center in coming months. Luke Bryan kicks it off with the Raised Up Right Tour featuring special guests Riley Green and Mitchell Tenpenny on August 27. Tickets start at $47.75.

Lil’ Weezyana Fest

Lil’ Wayne’s festival returns to Champions Square on August 27. Special guests include Moneybagg Yo, Coi Leray, BabyFace Ray, Rob49, and more. Tickets start at $65.50.


For even more music, visit the WWOZ LiveWire Music Calendar