Music to our ears: Here’s a list of major concerts heading to New Orleans in 2021

Music lovers have plenty to look forward to this fall. Along with several upcoming festivals making a triumphant return, there are also quite a few major concerts planning to roll through New Orleans.

After the coronavirus pandemic brought the concert industry to a screeching halt, the music industry prepares to reopen concert venues later this year.

Not only are big events like French Quarter Fest and Jazz Fest returning, but a strong fall concert season seems on the horizon with Grammy Award-winning guitarist and singer-songwriter Eric Clapton kicking off a list of acts heading to the Smoothie King Center.

The Saenger Theater also recently announced some big acts hitting the stage, including Earth, Wind & Fire. Yes, they’re coming on the 21st night of September.

We’re keeping tabs on those big music acts scheduled to return in fall 2021 and heading into 2022.

Here’s your guide to some major concerts to mark on your calendar. Check back for updates as we get them.

Eric Clapton

Sept. 18, Smoothie King Center

Eric Clapton announces only eight concert dates for his upcoming North American tour, and New Orleans is in that number.

The Grammy Award-winning guitarist and singer-songwriter will stop at the Smoothie King Center on Sept. 18.

Clapton’s band for these shows will include Doyle Bramhall II, Paul Carrack, Nathan East, Sonny Emory, Steve Gadd and Chris Stainton with Sharon White and Katie Kissoon on backing vocals.

Blues guitarist Jimmie Vaughan will join the tour as the opening act.

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Source: ASM New Orleans/Smoothie King Center

Counting Crows

Sept. 20, Saenger Theatre

Nineties rockers Counting Crows announce their return to the road with their “Butter Miracle Tour,” stopping in New Orleans at the Saenger Theater on Sept. 20.

The tour is in support of the band’s first album in nearly seven years, “Butter Miracle, Suite One,” a four-track, nineteen-minute suite available now worldwide.

The 32-date run, kicking off on Aug. 7 in Atlantic City, will stop at major cities across the U.S. before ending in New York City on Oct. 5.

Frank Turner, Seán Barna and Matt Sucich are set as support acts for the tour.

The alternative rock band is best known for their success in the 90s, with songs like “Colorblind,” “Mr. Jones,” “Round Here” and “A Long December.”

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Photo Credit: Mark Seliger

Earth, Wind & Fire

Sept. 21, Saenger Theatre

This year, fans of the legendary music group Earth, Wind & Fire will definitely “remember the 21st night of September.” The band will head to New Orleans for a performance at the Saenger Theater on Sept. 21.

Most recently, the band appeared as part of the viral online music battle series “Verzuz” alongside R&B/soul group The Isley Brothers in April.

Earth, Wind & Fire are known for their popular old-school funk and soul-driven hits, including “September,” “Shining Star,” “Let’s Groove,” and “Reasons,” among others.

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Legendary band Earth, Wind & Fire perform on the Acura Stage at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival in New Orleans, Thursday, April 25, 2019. (AP Photo/Doug Parker}

Florida Georgia Line

Sept. 25, Smoothie King Center

Country duo Florida Georgia Line announced they’re returning to the road this fall. The group’s “I Love My Country Tour 2021” will stop in New Orleans at the Smoothie King Center on Sept. 25.

Known for their brand of bro-country hits, the pair, composed of singer-songwriters Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley, will kick off their tour with nearly 30 dates in September.

Country-pop singer-songwriter Russell Dickerson, American Idol-alum Lauren Alaina and country artist Redferrin will join the tour as opening guests.

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James Taylor & His All-Star Band

Oct. 16, Smoothie King Center

Legendary singer-songwriter James Taylor and his All-Star Band will now head to New Orleans to perform at the Smoothie King Center on Oct. 16.

Taylor announced new dates for his joint U.S. tour with special guest Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Jackson Browne and his band, previously scheduled to start in May 2021.

According to a release, previously purchased tickets will be honored for all of the rescheduled dates, and fans are encouraged to hold onto their tickets.

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Photo courtesy: ASM Global

Kane Brown

Oct. 22, Smoothie King Center

Country-pop star Kane Brown announced dates for his headlining “Blessed & Free Tour” kicking off in fall 2021. The tour will stop at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans on Oct. 22.

Brown’s Blessed & Free Tour will visit all 29 NBA basketball arenas throughout 2021 and 2022, making him the first country artist in history to headline every NBA basketball arena in a single tour.

Country-pop singer-songwriter Jordan Davis will join Brown as support for the trek’s 2021 dates, with country singer and former reality star Chase Rice taking over in 2022. Restless Road, the vocal group signed to Brown’s label 1021 Entertainment, will open all shows throughout the full tour.

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Photo credit: Matthew Berinato

The Doobie Brothers

Oct. 23, Smoothie King Center

The Doobie Brothers hit the road for their 50th anniversary tour, which will stop at the Smoothie King Center on Oct. 23.

Four-time Grammy Award winners and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame nominees Tom Johnston, Michael McDonald, Pat Simmons and John McFee were touring together for the first time in nearly 25 years when the show was originally scheduled to stop in New Orleans in Oct. 2020.

Fans who attend the show can expect to hear a wide range of the band’s hit songs, including “Listen To The Music,” “Takin’ It To The Streets,” “Long Train Running,” “Black Water,” “What A Fool Believes,” “China Grove,” “Minute By Minute,” “It Keeps You Runnin’,” “Jesus Is Just Alright With Me” and many more.

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Photo credit: Clay Patrick McBride

Lauren Daigle

Nov. 6, Smoothie King Center

Louisiana native and Grammy Award winner Lauren Daigle rescheduled her headlining arena “Lauren Daigle World Tour.” The contemporary Christian singer-songwriter is scheduled to head to New Orleans for a show on Nov. 6.

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Photo courtesy: Lauren Daigle via Facebook


Luke Combs

Nov. 16, Smoothie King Center

Country music artist Luke Combs will bring his “What You See Is What You Get Tour” to the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans on Nov. 16.

Combs is known for his multi-platinum hits like “Beautiful Crazy,” “When It Rains It Pours,”  “She Got The Best of Me” and “Must’ve Never Met You.”

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Photo (c) 2019 David Bergman for Sony Records Nashville — Luke Combs photo shoot near Nashville, TN on May 1, 2019.

Dan + Shay

Nov. 20, Smoothie King Center

Grammy-winning country duo Dan + Shay rescheduled their first headlining arena tour for the second half of the year. The country stars will stop at the Smoothie King Center on Nov. 20.

The pair says they’re gearing up to get back on the road with more than 30 dates kicking off in September.

Dan + Shay was originally scheduled to stop at the Smoothie King Center in October 2020, before the tour was rescheduled due to COVID-19. The tour marked the band’s first-ever headlining arena trek when it initially kicked off in March 2020.

According to a release, all previously purchased tickets will be honored for the new, rescheduled dates.

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Dan + Shay
Photo courtesy: Dan + Shay via Facebook

Shows coming in 2022

Elton John –  Jan. 19, 2022

Billie Eilish – Feb. 3, 2022

The Weeknd – Feb. 22, 2022

Jojo Siwa – Aug. 13, 2022

Eric Church – April 9, 2022

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