Live music is a huge improvement on canned music, which takes up valuable pantry space and often spoils into noxious free jazz. Keep it fresh with this GrouponLive deal to see Average White Band at House of Blues New Orleans on Sunday, March 24, at 8 p.m. For $16, you get one ticket for general admission (up to a $31 value, including all fees). Doors open at 7p.m.<p>
Average White Band’s music is anything but ordinary. This Scottish funk ensemble is among the most sampled acts of all time, and their tasty licks form the foundation of songs by such artists as the Beastie Boys, TLC, A Tribe Called Quest, and Ice Cube. In the hit single “Pick Up the Pieces,” the sax and guitar trade off on a melody that grooves as smoothly as freshly ironed caramel. The unmistakable sound is still going strong four decades after releasing its debut album—the band continues to tour and dropped their recording, Times Squared: Live from New York, earlier this year.<p>
Award-winning DJ Soul Sister opens up the evening, spinning rare vinyl and waking up drowsy dancing feet.<p>
Average White Band performs “Pick Up the Pieces” live at House of Blues Los Angeles in 2012
House of Blues New Orleans
At home in the French Quarter, the House of Blues New Orleans keeps its heritage ever near with a metal box of mud from the Mississippi Delta hidden beneath its stage. Around this, more than 290 pieces of folk art—one of the largest collections in the country—decorate the walls. Also bringing its Southern charm and homestyle feel are hardwood floors, no fewer than three bars, and two levels for concert viewing.