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Where the Girls Were
8 p.m. Fri.-Sat., July 11-12; 2 p.m. Sun., July 13; through July 27
Le Petit Theatre, 616 St. Peter St., 522-2081;

On the 20th anniversary of its debut, Where the Girls Were is back. New Orleans' jewel Wanda Rouzan, who gave Tina Turner's hits a local accent in the original, helped tune up the show. "It's theater, but it's like a rock concert," says Rouzan, who serves as a voice coach, choreographer and assistant director for the reprise. The show includes songs like "The Loco-Motion," "Dancing in the Street," "My Guy," "Respect," "Stop! In the Name of Love" and many others. Tara Brewer, Tracey Collins, Idella Johnson, Chase Kamata, Leslie Limberg and Danielle Mathis sing hits by everyone from Turner and Aretha Franklin to Nancy Sinatra and Janis Joplin. "I'm so proud. I feel like the theater Mom," Rouzan says. "It's sort of a timeline of the '60s," explains Carl Walker, who created and directed the original in 1988. Tickets $32 general admission, $28 students. — Shantrell A. Cook




Seguenon Kone and the Cote d'Ivoire Invasion
10 p.m. Fri., July 11
Maple Leaf Bar, 8316 Oak St., 866-9359

In June, West African percussionist Seguenon Kone played a series of gigs, drum circles and workshops in New Orleans that were so well received, word has it he's decided to become a permanent resident. All the better for us: The dancer/fire-eater/multi-instrumentalist's shows are a lively spectacle, showcasing his mastery of many traditional African instruments — balafon, doundoun, djembe, atougblan, shekere, other unfamiliar percussive items and castanets. He also plays flute, dances and, yes, eats fire. Kone helped found the performance troupe Le Ballet Ivoire Spectacle, is a former member of the Ballet National of the Ivory Coast, and a respected teacher of drums and dance. Tickets $10. — Alison Fensterstock




The Black Angels
9 p.m. Mon., July 14
Republic, 828 S. Peters St., 528-8282;

The howling, noirish fuzz of Austin's Black Angels draws inevitable comparisons to the Velvet Underground, which are hardly uninvited. After all, its name comes from the darkest, most disturbing track on the Velvets' iconic banana album, and its logo is a stylized version of a photo of the icy chanteuse Nico. Shades of Jim Morrison's psychedelic nightmares also are prominent in its nasty wash of trippy drone-rock, as well as the styles of fellow damaged Texans the 13th Floor Elevators and more recent prog-rock noisemakers like Spacemen 3. The band is joined by the simpatico psych-rock ensemble the Warlocks, who churn out driving, lengthy, hallucinatory opuses with lots of sitars and feedback. Wall of Sound? Sure, Great Wall of China-sized. Tickets $10 in advance, $12 at the door. — Fensterstock




Spencer Bohren with Bill Kirchen
8 p.m. & 10 p.m. Thu., July 10
Snug Harbor, 626 Frenchmen St., 949-0696;
10 p.m. Fri., July 11
Circle Bar, 1032 St. Charles Ave., 588-2616

The speedy twang that opens the classic fast-talking blues-rocker "Hot Rod Lincoln" is one of the most instantly recognizable — and most cheering — sounds in rock 'n' roll. Commander Cody rattled off the breathless story of that hot rod race, but just as breathlessly, fingers flying, it was guitarist Bill Kirchen (pictured) who picked those licks at top speed. Kirchen — who's played with Emmylou Harris, Doug Sahm, Elvis Costello, Gene Vincent and Link Wray, among others — just released his seventh solo album, Hammer of the Honky Tonk Gods , with friend and collaborator Nick Lowe. Six-string fans will be pleased that there's not one, but two appearances by Kirchen this week, as he duels genially with New Orleans' own slide guitar wizard Spencer Bohren. It's enough to drive you to drink. Tickets $15 at Snug Harbor, $10 at Circle Bar. — Fensterstock

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