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French Quarter Brass Band Series feat. The Treme Brass Band
5:30 p.m. Fri., Sept. 7
Bourbon Orleans Hotel, 717 Orleans St., 908-7337

Since mid-August, the New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation's series of brass-band parades have been rolling through the Quarter every Friday evening, with sponsorship from several French Quarter businesses. Initiated as an effort to perk up dull summer weekends, the parades are designed to entertain tourists made sluggish by the August heat and to draw locals to the downtown area. This week, the traditional brass horn blowers (and 2006 N.E.A. Fellows) the Treme Brass Band will parade through the Quarter, starting at the Bourbon Orleans Hotel and weaving — with carriages and decorations from Blaine Kern Ð through 20 blocks of the district before concluding with a set on the steps of the Louisiana Supreme Court Building (400 Royal St.). Free admission. — Fensterstock

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White Colla Crimes
10 p.m. Fri., Sept. 7
Howlin' Wolf, 907 S. Peters St., 522-WOLF; www.howlin-wolf.com

Forget Cash Money — try stocks, bonds and hedge funds as a theme for hip-hop. This gang of rappers' style of thugging is more Wall Street than mean streets and more M.B.A. than school of hard knocks. With DJ NazDak on the ones and twos and a live band featuring a guitarist named Dow Jonze on guitar, this trio of buttoned-up college-age white boys drool over secretaries instead of pole dancers and talk about running their game with economist Adam Smith's Invisible Hand instead of Glocks and Uzis over hard-rock power chords. Schticky? You can bank on it, their follow-through on the joke is as tight as a Windsor knot in a Brooks Brothers tie. With rudimentary beats and only semi-clever lyrics, the White Colla crew are more likely to win summer internships at Halliburton than recording contracts at No Limit. But what they lack in hip-hop chops they more than make up for in hilarity — and with insider trading as an option, who needs skills to pay the bills? Tickets $10. — Fensterstock

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504
8 p.m. Fri.-Sat., Sept. 7-8; 3 p.m. Sun., Sept 9; through Sept. 30
Anthony Bean Community Theater, 1333 S. Carrollton Ave., 862-7529; www.anthonybeantheater.com

Anthony Bean's newest production, 504 , is a musical drama about the weeks following Hurricane Katrina. Set one month after the levees failed, New Orleans is empty of its citizens, patrolled by the National Guard and under the restrictions of a dusk-to-dawn curfew. In this bleak environment, young people animate the story of the storm, the city and its legacy of crime, violence and inhuman living conditions by staging a drama and concert at the corner of Orleans and N. Claiborne avenues. The young actors tell their stories and incorporate the music of the city, including jazz, bounce, rap, gospel and rock and roll. They give voices to many of the displaced as the city begins to focus on rebuilding. Bean wrote the play and directs. Choreography is by Arieuna McGee. Tickets $18 adults, $16 students/seniors. — Coviello

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James Singleton
8 p.m. Sat., Sept. 8
McKeown's Books, 4737 Tchoupitoulas St., 895-1954

10 p.m. Sat., Sept. 8
Hi-Ho Lounge, 2239 St. Claude Ave., 945-4446

New Orleans experimental bassist James Singleton has long been known for having a few tricks up his sleeve. Besides turning up onstage and on wax as a sideman for artists as diverse as James Booker, Earl Turbinton, Ellis Marsalis and Charlie Rich, he's also served for many years in the rhythm section for the longstanding, consistently innovative avant-garde jazz collective Astral Project. He's also added his sly, funky beat to projects like 3now4 and the Rob Wagner Trio. For these gigs, he's paired up with contrabassist and New Orleans-to-New-York transplant John Hebert for a dual bass assault. Over-examining the place of that subtle, unassuming rhythm anchor can sometimes get annoyingly cerebral, but considering the NOLA chops of the two players, the funk will surely not be forsaken. No cover. — Fensterstock

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Brazilian Independence Day Celebration with Casa Samba
10 p.m. Sat., Sept. 8
Howlin' Wolf, 907 S. Peters St., 522-WOLF; www.howlin-wolf.com

On Sept. 7, 1822, Portuguese prince Dom Pedro declared he would win independence from his country (of which his father was king at the time) for Brazil. Three years later, the parent nation recognized the nascent Latin American monarchy's sovereignty in one of the more bloodless colonial detachments in history. Now famous for feathered headdresses and depilation techniques, Brazil is also legendary for revels that rival our own here in New Orleans. The spicy shimmy-and-shakers and authentic samba drummers of the Casa Samba dance school, a familiar (and colorful) sight in Mardi Gras parades and at Jazz Fest, combine live music and authentic samba drumming with a dance program that shows African folkloric influence on samba, the dancelike Brazilian martial art capoeira, and a recreation of a Rio de Janeiro Carnival parade. Traditional Brazilian cuisine will also be available. Tickets $10. — Fensterstock

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The Lee Boys
10 p.m. Sun., Sept. 9
Maple Leaf, 8316 Oak St., 866-9359

The House of God Church, a national African-American Pentecostal denomination founded in the early years of the 20th century, has been using electric steel guitar during worship services since the '30s. The secular world became aware of this tradition only a few years ago when pedal-steel player Robert Randolph and his Family Band emerged from their gospel church in New Jersey to play at the first sacred steel convention. They were, as the business says, "discovered," and promptly signed to Warner Brothers. Unlike Randolph, the Lees still stick lyrically to the glorification of God, though they mix traditional worship sounds with blues, funk and even pop influences. The six-member powerhouse parlays the distinct sound of pedal steel through rock instrumentation and gospel vocals to deliver exhilarating praise music that smacks of divine intervention but is rocking enough to convert even the most diehard nonbeliever — at least for the length of the set. Tickets $5. — Fensterstock

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