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L.C. Ulmer
6 p.m.-8 p.m. Thu., Aug. 28
Ogden Museum of Southern Art, 925 Camp St., 539-9600; www.ogdenmuseum.com
8 p.m.-10 p.m. Thu., Aug. 28
d.b.a, 618 Frenchmen St., 942-3731; www.drinkgoodstuff.com

The multi-instrumentalist L.C. Ulmer has an impeccable resume for the blues. He was born in Southern Mississippi in 1928 and had 13 siblings. They grew up on a plantation where fish fries and picnics were liberally soaked with whiskey from the landowner's still and those events were his first performance venue. Ulmer moved to Joliet, Ill., in the mid-'60s, where he honed his thumping guitar boogie style alongside Chicago blues greats like Muddy Waters, Elmore James and Jimmy Reed. At 80, Ulmer still works a regular circuit of blues festivals around the world, playing guitar, keyboards, drums, fiddle, banjo, mandolin, kazoo and harmonica — sometimes all at once, billing himself as a "12-piece one-man band." Tickets $10 at Ogden. Admission TBA at d.b.a. — Alison Fensterstock

 

 

MUSIC

"Benefit for Black August" with Mos Def
10 p.m. Thu., Aug. 28
Tipitina's, 501 Napoleon Ave., 895-TIPS; www.tipitinas.com

The socially conscious MC Mos Def returns to New Orleans less than a month after his last Crescent City gig for this show benefiting Black August —'a post-Black Panther activist group that aims to create international dialogue through the language of hip-hop. The rapper, who was arrested in fall 2006 for a guerrilla performance of his "Katrina Clap" — a politicized version of Juvenile's saucy bounce hit "Nolia Clap" — is joined by the local spoken-word artist, singer and holistic healer Sunni Patterson. Also on the bill are the New Orleans rappers Truth Universal and Sess 4-5, the rootsy soul singer/songwriter GaBrilla Ballard and Elegguae, a hip-hop group from Venezuela. Tickets $20 in advance, $25 at the door. — Fensterstock

 

 

Music

Eyehategod
9 p.m. Fri., Aug. 29
One Eyed Jacks, 615 Toulouse St., 569-8361; www.oneeyedjacks.net

The seminal local sludge-metal kingpins Eyehategod have been thrashing away under the stewardship of vocalist Mike Williams since 1988, influencing and sharing membership at times with Dixie-fried headbangers like Arson Anthem, Corrosion of Conformity, Outlaw Order and country-music black sheep Hank III's project Superjoint Ritual. With a sound like Black Sabbath and the Melvins grinding gears in a corrosive bayou chemical spill, the group is the original toxic swamp thing of sub-Mason-Dixon metal. The band is joined by the deep, doomy, brooding metal of the New Orleans outfit Crowbar, plus Hellkontroll, a group of irate punk-rock screamers hailing from Austin and Lafayette. Tickets $13 in advance, $15 at the door. — Fensterstock

 

 

EVENT

Southern Decadence
Wed.-Mon., Aug. 28-Sept. 1

French Quarter and various downtown locations; www.southerndecadence.com Photo by Larry Graham Nothing says Labor Day weekend like drag queens, scantilly clad marchers and the colorfully costumed — with all the heavy makeup, feather boas and neon wigs the heat will allow — strutting down Royal Street and through the French Quarter in the Decadence parade. The 37th annual Southern Decadence ("Celebration of Gay Life Music and Culture") is themed "Decadence Does Disco" — the official song is "Bad Girls in September" — and includes almost a full week of parties and events. The weekend celebration evolved from a small going away party nearly 40 years ago into a weeklong event drawing revelers from across the nation. Grand Marshals Tittie Toulouse and Paloma (pictured) preside over the the parade and many weekend events. The parade begins at 2 p.m. at the Golden Lantern on Royal Street, follows the grand marshals' secret route and eventually ends at Decadence central at Bourbon and St. Ann streets. Visit www.southerndecadence.com for a full schedule of events. The parade is free. — Allison Good

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