Live Picks: 06.07.2012 – 06.13.2012

06.07: The Cliff Hines Quintet + Vagabond Swing – Cafe Istanbul

06.08: G-Eazy – Republic

06.09: Norco Lapalco + Dummy Dumpster + Opposable Thumbs – Cafe Prytania

06.10: Luke Winslow-King & Esther Rose – Yuki Izakaya

Upon first look, Luke Winslow-King – with his perma-dapper appearance and collection of vintage gear amplifying his decidedly traditionalist aesthetic – may come off as something of a nostalgia act.  But while his songs borrow heavily from a Dixieland combination of jazz, blues and folk, the charm of his music goes well beyond simple retro appeal.  In the decade since he relocated to New Orleans, the Cadillac, MI native has become the grand-champion of Frenchman Street, bringing an energized twist and bounce to southern ragtime while injecting it with a healthy dose of rock ‘n’ roll glam.  It does not hurt that Luke is the very definition of a consummate performer, one whose shows are characterized by an effortless ease and dependably flawless interpretation of originals and tastefully curated covers.

On Sunday, the cozy Japanese tavern Yuki Izakaya – one of Luke Winslow-Kings’ many familiar haunts – will host his latest album release party. On his new collection The Coming Tide, he shares the bill with singer and washboard player Esther Rose, who has been lending her beautifully delicate voice and rhythmic dexterity to their trio, The Ragtime Millionaires, as well as many of his solo performances.

MP3: Luke Winslow-King: “Keep Moving On Towards Better Days”

06.13: Stuck Lucky + The Lollies + All People – The Big Top

Check out our New Orleans Music Calendar for a full slate of constantly updated live picks

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