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Preservation Hall's Trombone Summit
8 p.m. Fri., Jan. 12
Preservation Hall, 728 St. Peter St., 522-2841;

Who says trombone players rarely play together? Barring all the old musicians' jokes about the instrument and its questionable versatility, the sliding piece of brass is an essential component of New Orleans music from traditional jazz to funk. Ground zero for traditional New Orleans jazz music is the venerable Preservation Hall, of course, and since the storm it's fought hard to gain, and mostly has won, a new relevance with more innovative programming and charitable activities and assistance for musicians. This show brings together some of the city's best slide handlers. Maynard Chatters is a stalwart local sideman playing everything from Dixieland to contemporary jazz, Fred Lonzo has played with almost every jazz group in the city, and, of course, Lucien Barbarin is known internationally as one of the most skillful torch-bearers of traditional jazz. Tickets $8. — Alison Fensterstock



Junior League and Silent Cinema
10 p.m. Sat., Jan. 13
Howlin' Wolf, 907 S. Peters St., 522-WOLF

Local act the Junior League, led by frontman and songwriter Joe Adragna (also the drummer for space-rockers Bipolaroid; here he sings and plays guitar) play tight, well-crafted, sunny pop in the vein of the Beatles and the Monkees as well as their slightly more bitter, tongue-in-cheek inheritors like '90s Britpop invaders Oasis and Blur. There's also quite a bit of influence audible from angelic alt-country brooders like Rhett Miller of the Old 97's. You'll hear plenty of sharp turns of phrase cradling sentiments that are at the same time bitter, wistful and romantic. But for the most part, it's just darn foot-tapping catchy. In fact, that was the title of their 2006 release, which they recently took to New York City's near-insufferably sunshiny International Pop Overthrow Festival. Playing with them is Silent Cinema, New Orleans' longtime peddlers of brooding, dreamy, psychedelic folk. We Landed On The Moon opens. Tickets $7 general admission, $9 for under-21. — Fensterstock


Tip's 29th Anniversary: Wright On Home
10 p.m. Sat., Jan. 13
Tipitina's, 501 Napoleon Ave., 895-TIPS;

Blues belter Marva Wright recently made it back home to New Orleans to stay, with the help of the New Orleans Musicians Hurricane Relief Fund. This gig, part of several shows celebrating Tipitina's 29th-birthday anniversary, is another benefit to keep her afloat and in the Crescent City, and considering her lineup of supportive buddies, she's a joy to support and an asset to the city. Sharing the stage with Wright will be local luminaries like Irma Thomas, Ivan Neville, Charmaine Neville, James Andrews, Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews, Walter "Wolfman" Washington, June Yamagishi, Big Chief Monk Boudreaux, the Soul Rebels Brass Band, and reportedly many more. And of course, Wright herself with her formidable BMWs, singing loose, funky takes on jazz and blues standards as well as her own original compositions. Tickets $15. — Fensterstock


A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
8 p.m. Fri.-Sat., Jan. 12-13; 2:30 p.m. Sun., Jan 14; through Jan. 28
Rivertown Repertory Theatre, 325 Minor St., Kenner, 468-7221

Just in time for the Carnival season, Rivertown Rep stages a Vaudevillian romp masking as a Roman farce. The original Broadway hit, with lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, was based on the plays of the Roman author Plautus, but the silliness is more contemporary, with courtesans by the names of Vibrata, Panacea, Gymnasia and Tintinabula, unless those are just some of the lesser known muses, plus a wife named Domina and an old man named Erronius. Here, Sean Patterson (pictured) as the slave Pseudolus schemes to win his freedom in an ever more complicated plot to land the virgin Philia for his master Hero. The musical's first song, "Comedy Tonight," gave us the phrase "something for everyone," and this show lasted as long as it did on Broadway because of its mix of boisterous sight gags, songs, imperial irreverence and clever plot. Patterson is joined by Gary Rucker, Carrie Black, Michael Santos, Kyle Daigrepont, Richard Arnold and others in the large cast. Tickets $25 adults, $22 students/seniors, $12 children. — Will Coviello

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