Harry Connick Jr. bringing New Orleans with him to Playhouse Square Nov. 29

For his holiday-season tour, singer-songwriter and multi-talented musician Harry Connick Jr. is taking his love of his hometown on the road.

This week, Connick announced another leg of his “New Orleans Tricentennial Celebration” tour for the fall, including a gig Nov. 29 at Playhouse Square’s KeyBank State Theatre in Cleveland.

A news release from concert promoter Live Nation promises “Harry and his amazing band performing songs in tribute to New Orleans as well as some of his holiday favorites.”

The release trots out a few raves from the shows Connick has performed already this year:

“Connick is a musical Midas: It seems everything he touches, plays or sings has a way of turning to gold. Connick is doing his part to make the world a little bit more wonderful for all who are open to experiencing the joy of great music… If you can’t go to New Orleans in person to experience the Mardi Gras, a Harry Connick Jr. show will get you so close you can smell the gumbo.” – The Berkshire Edge

“It was a fun, joyful night that proved exactly why Connick remains a star to this day: The man has more raw talent than any mere human should be allowed to possess… And believe me: If you love Connick or New Orleans music, you don’t want to miss it.” – The News-Press

“[The show] had the feel of an old-school variety show, with Connick as the genial host. He had a superb 10-piece band with him that included scene-stealers such as Lucien Barbarin on trombone, Jerry Weldon on tenor sax and guitarist/gospel singer/preacher Jonathan Dubose Jr. But no one steals a show while Connick is around… Because this guy is an entertainer with a capital E.” – Providence Journal.

According to a news release from Playhouse Square, tickets for the Cleveland show go on sale Sept. 28. Get more information at this show page from Playhouse Square.

Steam of the week: A few years ago, I discovered Australian act Dead Letter Circus while venturing through the rock offerings on Apple Music. I quickly got addicted to their highly produced, borderline-metal sound. Unlike many hard-rock bands today, they kick out intricately arranged, textured and melodic tunes. I listened a lot … and then I forgot all about them. (Hey, that can happen when you have the world’s music at your fingertips and an act you like isn’t in the public consciousness.) But Apple Music alerted me to the release of the band’s new album, an eponymous effort, and I’m way back in on Dead Letter Circus and hoping that, sooner than later, they’ll tour the states. Check out my fave tune from the new disc:

Mark Meszoros wishes more celebrations had a bit of New Orleans flavor. Follow him on Twitter @MarkMeszoros. Image credit: Associated Press.

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