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Donald Harrison Jr. and the Headhunters
7 p.m. Thu., June 21
Isidore Newman School, Henson Auditorium, 5333 Danneel St., 896-6255

Anyone who caught Donald Harrison Jr.'s Jazz Fest set featuring Bill Summers and a finale complete with Mardi Gras Indians, Big Chief Bo Dollis, Letterman sidekick Paul Shaffer and high school age jazz students might have seen this show coming. Harrison and the Headhunters are joining forces in this concert to benefit the New Jazz School, for which Harrison (pictured) serves as director and a teacher. Summers was a percussionist in the original Headhunters, which with Herbie Hancock on keyboards, is one of the best-selling jazz-funk acts ever. The Headhunters lineup has changed over the years but remained influential and has been somewhat of a presence in New Orleans in recent years. The New Jazz School is a summer music camp sponsored by Isidore Newman School, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Foundation, Tipitina's Foundation and the Renew Our Music Fund. Tickets $20. —Ê Will Coviello

MUSIC

Adult Sock Hop with DJ Jubilee
9:30 p.m. Fri., June 22
Howlin' Wolf, 907 S. Peters, 522-WOLF

He's well known for block parties, school dances and underground New Orleans gigs, and hopefully club shows like this one at the Howlin' Wolf will become more regular for this Uptown master of bounce — high-energy, joyful New Orleans dance rap as contagious as the rocking pneumonia and the boogie-woogie flu. By day, he's mild-mannered Jerome Temple, teaching special education students and coaching football in the New Orleans public schools. By night, he's hollering on the mic, pumping the party up to the n th degree. Jubilee was discovered in the mid-'90s while emceeing at a school dance by the local Take Fo' Records. The label put out two albums for him, including 1998's Take it to the St. Thomas . The infectious beats and call-and-response lyrics of bounce rap make it impossible not to dance to; even the shyest wallflower will soon be yelling, shaking it and claiming their high school. Amanda Decorbier and Bodesattva open. Tickets $12. — Fensterstock MUSIC

Candlebox 8 p.m. Fri., June 22

House of Blues, 225 Decatur St., 310-4999; www.hob.com A guilty pleasure to countless college-radio enthusiasts, Candlebox brokered a kind of methadone comedown from the heroinlike high of '90s grunge heavyweights such as Pearl Jam and Nirvana. ÔAnything Alice In Chains can do, we can do again,' seemed to be the group's guiding principle, and the credo served Candlebox well. Both its eponymous 1993 debut and 1995 follow-up Lucy were Billboard bestsellers. Laden with propulsive, uncomplicated mid-tempo rockers (ÒChange,Ó ÒYouÓ and ÒFar BehindÓ all spent time on the alternative charts), the former brought the band the type of widespread exposure Kurt Cobain eventually killed himself to avoid. But fame was fleeting for the Seattle-based foursome. By the time 1998's Happy Pills (Warner Bros.) hit streets, modern rock's downward spiral was well underway, and Candlebox was left to elbow for space on FM airwaves clogged by a dozen Bush and Live clones. The album sold abysmally and there hasn't been another since, making this national tour something of a mystery. All the more reason to attend, right? Neverset and Cinder Road open. Tickets $19. — Noah Bonaparte Pais

STAGE

Tom Rhodes
10 p.m. Mon., June 25
One Eyed Jacks, 615 Toulouse St., 569-8361; www.oneeyedjacks.net

Before it became the de facto news source for America's disaffected demographic, Comedy Central was in the business of breaking out new comedians. It did just that for Tom Rhodes, whose 1994 spot Viva Vietnam: A White Trash Adventure Tour was the first talent deal awarded by the nascent network. (ÒA Bob Hope-less comedy special,Ó advertised the show's accompanying press.) Rhodes' career recap since those formative years reads like the rollercoaster setup to an elusive punch line: toiling standup comic in New York City; up-and-comer in San Francisco; star of an NBC pilot, Mr. Rhodes ; face of a canceled sitcom. Finally, the payoff: For the past five years Rhodes, who now resides in Amsterdam, has hosted a late-night, English-language talk show in the Netherlands. The Kevin Masters Show Starring Tom Rhodes , a Dutch Leno of sorts, features Rhodes (but, strangely, no one named Masters) interviewing Holland's biggest celebrities — OK, its only celebrities — in a fish-out-of-water context. The Florida-born comic's New Orleans appearance is sponsored by Stand Up NOLA, a self-described Òarts incubator.Ó Tickets $10. — Pais

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