As the summer winds down, the New Orleans music scene heats up. NOLAxNOLA, a citywide celebration of live music, artists, and music venues, begins on September 28. See our music picks for the month below.

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Sugar Bowl Country Kickoff 

The inaugural Sugar Bowl Country Kickoff presented by the Louisiana Office of Tourism is a can't-miss music and entertainment event to celebrate the start of the 2023 college football season. On September 2, Caesars Superdome will host Garth Brooks, Lainey Wilson, and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band in concert. Tickets are $98.95, all inclusive. 

Music for Mental Health 

On Friday, Sept. 8, four New Orleans-based artists will align for the 6th Annual Music for Mental Health Benefit Concert at Siberia. In honor of National Suicide Awareness Prevention Month, the concert features performances from Charm Taylor, Marc Paradis, Mikayla Braun, and SaxKixAve. The show is 21+ and tickets are $10 at the door.   

Opening Night: Beethoven Symphony No. 5 – LPO 

The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra welcomes new Music Director Matthew Kraemer with Beethoven's mighty 5th symphony. Catch the show at the Orpheum Theater on September 14. Tickets start at $28. 

Soul Sister’s 17th Annual Birthday Jam  

DJ Soul Sister is throwing a birthday party at Tipitina’s on September 16, and everyone’s invited. This year Soul Sister presents “D.C. Go-Go in the N.O.,” the second birthday jam show to spotlight a pioneering artist of go-go, the indigenous, funk-based music of Washington, D.C., which Soul Sister has loved and championed since first hearing it played on New Orleans radio in the 1980s. Representing the go-go sound will be Washington, D.C.’s own legendary E.U. featuring Sugar Bear. The show is 18+ and tickets are $25 general admission. 

Beyoncé’s Renaissance World Tour 

Beyoncé stops in New Orleans on September 27 as the second-to-last stop on her Renaissance World Tour. Held at Caesars Superdome, it’s a show you just can’t miss. Tickets currently start in the low $200s, plus taxes and fees.

Justen Williams, New Orleans & Co.


The music never stops in New Orleans, and this September and October, mark your calendars for a citywide celebration of local musicians, music venues, and New Orleans culture. Catch your favorite artists and discover new ones at dozens of live performances at indoor and outdoor venues all over town from September 28-October 8 as part of NOLAxNOLA (NOLA BY NOLA). You won’t want to miss this event—find more details here as they’re announced.

For even more music, visit the WWOZ LiveWire Music Calendar.