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Eating local seafood and enjoying area musicians may be as self-serving as relief work gets, but thanks to events like this second Gulf Aid (www.gulfaid.org) benefit, they're two of the easiest ways residents can make effective contributions out of everyday indulgences. The nonprofit organization's May 22 gala, with an all-star pop lineup strewn with past and present New Orleans part-timers (Allen Toussaint, Mos Def, Lenny Kravitz, Ani DiFranco), netted $300,000 for wetlands preservation and fisherman support. This follow-up is headlined by native heavyweights Ellis Marsalis (pictured), Leah Chase and Charmaine Neville, and it marks One Eyed Jacks' second significant trad-jazz concert in as many months, after Harold Battiste Jr.'s blowout book release party in June. It's another move in the 2010 crosspollination of Crescent City music venues, a yearlong genre mashup that's resulted in Preservation Hall hosting Louisville, Ky., rockers My Morning Jacket and the Ogden Museum of Southern Art becoming a home base for bounce. It's also a fitting analogy for the kind of cultural unity needed to combat this latest, potentially greatest threat to the forever-imperiled Gulf Coast. Tickets $25. — Noah Bonaparte Pais

July 31

Jazz for the Gulf

8 p.m. Saturday

One Eyed Jacks, 615 Toulouse St., 569-8361; www.oneeyedjacks.net

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