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The Czech Nonet
8 p.m. Tue., Jan. 30
Tulane University, Dixon Hall, 895-0690; www.friendsofmusic.org

One of the oldest chamber music groups in the world, the Czech Nonet is touring the United States and will visit New Orleans for the first time. The group was founded at the Prague Conservatory in 1923. Their arrangement was originally inspired by composer Louis Spohr's piece Nonet , which he created in the 1820s specifically for violin, viola, cello, double bass, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon and French horn. Since then, more than 300 works have been composed for ensembles like the Czech group. This performance will include Beethoven's Septet in E-flat Major , Josef Myslicecek's Divertimento , Bohuslav Martinu's Nonet II and Witold Lutoslawski's Dance Preludes . What was once an experimental grouping of musicians has become a classic arrangement. The Czech Nonet has performed continuously from its inception inspite of wars, invasions, revolutions and all the other changes in the Czech Republic. New Orleans' Friends of Music present this event as part of their performance series. Individual tickets available at the door only. Tickets $20 general admission, $10 children. — Will Coviello

MUSIC

Tribute to James Brown
10 p.m. Sat., Feb. 3
Tipitina's, 501 Napoleon Ave., 895-TIPS; www.tipitinas.com

When James Brown passed into soul heaven early Christmas morning, it was a light of such magnitude being extinguished that the shock and loss felt around the world was akin to a sun being snuffed out. His spirit stays alive for one more party, though, through this tribute show featuring his longtime right-hand man, trombonist and paragon of hip Fred Wesley. From the late '60s through the mid-'70s, Wesley served under Soul Brother Number One's famously firm command as music director, arranger, trombone player and composer for the JB's. His career as an architect of American funk continued when he joined Parliament Funkadelic in the late '70s, putting his horn at the epicenter of the development of funk and soul and stamping his signature on an entire sound that would reverberate through generations to come. Wesley plays JB's finest alongside George Porter Jr. and Johnny Vidacovich. Groovesect opens. DJ Soul Sister spins records before the show and between sets. Tickets $20. — Alison Fensterstock

MUSIC

New Orleans Musicians' Clinic's One-Year Reopening Anniversary Party
8:30 p.m. Mon., Feb. 5
Mid-City Lanes Rock 'N' Bowl, 4133 S. Carrollton Ave., 482-3133; www.rockandbowl.com

After Katrina, the not-for-profit New Orleans Musicians' Clinic was never more relevant or needed in its mission to provide affordable health-care services to underinsured New Orleans musicians. In exile in Lafayette, the clinic's administrators still managed to create and maintain a database of many of the Crescent City's musicians and keep their work alive from afar. After returning to the city a year ago, the clinic expanded its purview based on its constituency's increased needs, helping musicians get legal assistance, housing help and gig subsidies as well as medical care. Today, NOMC is stronger and more vital in the community than ever, and it's celebrating with an anniversary party. Onstage, Susan Cowsill, Cranston Clements, the Soul Rebels Brass Band and Mighty Lester will pay tribute. Attendees are encouraged to come in costume as their favorite New Orleans music legend. As an added treat, Empress of the Universe Antoinette K-Doe will serve up her famous red beans and rice. Tickets $5. — Fensterstock

EVENT

Krewe du Vieux Parade Photo by Cheryl Gerber
7 p.m. Sat., Feb. 3
Marigny and French Quarter; www.kreweduvieux.org

Krewe du Vieux Ball
9 p.m. Sat., Feb. 3
State Palace Theatre, 1108 Canal St.

It seems like the inmates are running the asylum in New Orleans these days. So it won't come as too much of a surprise to see some of the best minds of a generation running in the streets Saturday night hysterical, naked ÑÊsort of. Times-Picayune columnist and New Orleans' First Citizen Chris Rose will reign as king of the 2007 "Krewe du Vieux Builds a Habitat for Insanity" parade. After last year's blue-tarped homage to breached levees (pictured), this year's parade follows up with a checkup from the neck up. Spectators are advised to bring their own meds as the 21-year-old krewe unleashes itself on the Marigny and French Quarter with the usually high dose of satirical floats, brass bands and costumed revelers. Consider it a state of the city address direct from the most repressed desires of its collective id. Watch the parade along Royal Street in the Marigny or Decatur and Royal streets in the French Quarter. The krewe ball follows immediately after the parade at the State Palace Theater. Musical entertainment includes Billy Iuso and the Restless Natives, the Wild Magnolias and a tribute to New Orleans R&B legends. Ball tickets are only available in advance and may be purchased from the Louisiana Music Factory, Up in Smoke and Miss Claudia's Vintage Clothing and Costumes. Ball tickets $25. — Coviello

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