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Buckethead and That 1 Guy 

Showmanship and schtick are well-loved facets of the rock 'n' roll experience. From Jerry Lee Lewis' flaming piano to Marilyn Manson's onstage crucifixions and goth theatrics, rockers' costumes and antics are part of what we pay for in a live show. They wear flamboyant outfits and act outlandishly because they're bigger and grander than we are. Like superheroes. Like Buckethead -- so named, because he wears a Kentucky Fried Chicken bucket. On his head. The masked guitarist has created an elaborate personal mythology beginning with his Boo Radley-like childhood relegation to the family chicken coop and culminating in his imaginary personal theme park, Bucketheadland. With or without the bemusing backstory, though, he's a thrill ride of a musician. Legendary producer Bill Laswell, who plays with Buckethead in the experimental group Praxis, said in a recent interview, "You don't line him up next to other guitar players. You put him next to malfunctioning equipment, an airplane, a ferris wheel, a toy." Besides Praxis, Buckethead has lent his shredding, high-speed guitar wizardry to Primus, John Carpenter film scores, Bootsy Collins and Guns 'N' Roses, not to mention more than 20 solo projects in just under 15 years. Award-winning jazz bass virtuoso That 1 Guy is also a study in musical oddity; a mad scientist and a one-man band, he generates futuristic funk grooves from his one-of-a-kind, self-built instrument the Magic Pipe. It looks like a cross between a vicious robot engineered for a Discovery Channel cage match and the plumbing for a cabin on the moon -- and within its cavernous pipes and hollows, it contains a shuddering amount of rock. Tickets $18. -- Alison Fensterstock

9 p.m. Wed., Oct. 11

Republic, 828 S. Peters St., 528-8282; www.republicnola.com

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