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MUSIC

Wilbert de Joode 10:30 p.m. Tue., April 10
Hi-Ho Lounge, 2239 St. Claude Ave., 947-9676

The string bass is an interesting instrument. The low register makes listeners feel it as much as they hear it. That means, as the more subdued partner in the marriage of the rhythm section, it anchors music with a subtlety that makes the work it is doing almost hard to appreciate while, at the same time, the throbbing thump-thump is often the essential meat of the song. When a bass player decides to stand out, the results can be startling. Dutch virtuoso Wilbert de Joode is a contrabassist, playing the absolute lowest-pitched instrument in the string family, a sound you can feel right down to your bones. Described as stunning, elegant and even ferocious by critics (as well as idiosyncratic, witty and freakish), de Joode is a self-taught improviser whose string explorations push the boundaries of the instrument in experiments that go far beyond rhythm. Returning to New Orleans for the first time in five years, he plays with a combo that includes pianist Larry Sieberth, UNO jazz educator Ed Peterson on sax and the Iguanas'Ed Garrison on drums. Tickets $5. —Alison Fensterstock

MUSIC

Rose Hill Drive with Earl Greyhound
10 p.m. Wed., April 11
One Eyed Jacks, 615 Toulouse St., 569-8361; www.oneeyedjacks.net

The members of Rose Hill Drive possess rock 'n'roll chops far beyond their years. This power trio brings heavy, distorted, Zeppelin-style, blues-soaked, stoner sludge with a vengeance, shredding their way through 10-minute-plus solos that recall the glory days of high-octane arena rock. A jamband circuit favorite, the group looks like it was cut out of a vintage photo of '70s stadium shakers. It also churns out long, sweaty, soaring guitar jams that make you surprised when you learn that the debut album was released last week and not last century. The opening act, Earl Greyhound, is one of the finest and most vital rock-and-soul bombs to come up in a long while. It's fronted by a raging inferno of a belter, and the sound is comparable to scorching soul revival groups like the Detroit Cobras, the Bellrays or the Dirtbombs. Tickets $10. —Fensterstock

MUSIC

"African Retentions in Jazz"Discussion and Performance
11 a.m. to noon Fri., April 13
New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park Visitor's Center, 916 N. Peters St., 589-4841

Even longtime residents may forget that New Orleans'relatively urban French Quarter actually contains an entire national park. An accredited National Parks Service organization, the New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park Visitors'Center is tucked away in a courtyard between the French Market and the Mississippi River levee. Instead of canyons and mountains, its rangers are the custodians of the city's rich and varied musical history. Throughout April Ñ the 6th annual Jazz Awareness Month Ñ the park is hosting a series of free programs that combine jazz education with performance. For this morning's program, musical park rangers Bruce Barnes and Matt Hempsey explain the direct trajectory between the African music traditions that slaves brought with them to the New World and played in New Orleans'Congo Square with the jazz music we hear in local clubs today. Free. —Fensterstock

STAGE

DramaRama 14
6 p.m. to midnight Sat., April 14
Contemporary Arts Center, 900 Camp St. 528-3800; www.cacno.org

DramaRama Junior
11 a.m to 4 p.m., Sat. April 14
Louisiana Children's Musuem, 420 Julia St., 586-0725 ext. 210; www.lcm.org

One night at the Contemporary Arts Center will take guests on a tour through all sorts of performance art, slapstick comedy, original dance and more. DramaRama's 14th annual performing arts festival brings more than 40 individual performers and companies to CAC stages for six hours of nonstop drama. In I Slept with Chris Rose , David Dahlgren will deliver a one-time monologue based on a tabloid photograph. Confined spaces inspired choreographer Monique Moss to create her contemporary dance piece My Name is Mud . Anna-Liese Juge Fox (pictured) does a solo piece about how her car affects her daily life. Gabrielle Reisman's Putt-Putt acts out two boys'foiled attempt to steal a giant bear from a mini golf course and Blues for the Lower 9 is a dance number with musical accompaniment inspired by the wreckage left after Hurricane Katrina. Younger theatre lovers can attend DramaRama Junior in the afternoon at the Louisiana Children's Museum. The program includes puppetry, storytelling and other child-friendly dramatic performances. DramaRama is a nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing accessible theatre to New Orleans. Visit www.dramarama.org for a complete schedule. Tickets $15 general admission, $12 CAC members. —Emily Hohenwarter

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