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Quintron & Miss Pussycat 

On the wildest weekend of the year, Quintron and Miss Pussycat bring their museum show home

Maritime Ball

10 p.m. Fri., Feb. 12

Spellcaster Lodge, 3052 St. Claude Ave.; www.quintronandmisspussycat.com

Tickets $8

Quintron and Miss Pussycat with Katey Red and the Intelligence

10 p.m. Mon., Feb. 15

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

Tickets $12 advance purchase, $14 day of show

click to enlarge Quintron and Miss Pussycat work the crowds into a frenzy at the Voodoo Music Experience. - PHOTO BY GARY LOVERDE
  • Photo by Gary Loverde
  • Quintron and Miss Pussycat work the crowds into a frenzy at the Voodoo Music Experience.

No sooner had Quintron and Miss Pussycat moved into the New Orleans Museum of Art, they're moving back out again. They haven't been evicted (yet). Among the first negotiations the pair broached with curator Miranda Lash was this: Nothing — not even an open invitation to take over the contemporary wing of a grande-dame art institution — could get in the way of the Spellcaster Lodge's Maritime Ball.

  "We did agree at the beginning that they would be able to remove some of their equipment at Mardi Gras, so they would be able to perform while the show was up," Lash says.

  For all of the celebratory splendor of "Parallel Universe: Quintron and Miss Pussycat Live at City Park," one aspect of the Q&P experience is conspicuously absent: sweat-drenched bodies flailing to organs, maracas and spinning Drum Buddies under a low ceiling at 3 a.m. Consider the Maritime Ball a satellite NOMA installation. Last year's gig featured Israel's Monotonix, France's DJ Urine, Memphis' True Sons of Thunder and Huntsville, Ala.'s Thomas Function. "It is like the United Nations but in an underwater dance club," Pussycat notes.

  This year — the 10th annual edition — the waterlogged global/local theme continues with Memphis/Harahan royalty and Spellcaster regular King Louie, Brooklyn thrashers the K-Holes and a daffy Dutchman called Harry Merry, a self-taught underground keyboardist with a one-man-band setup. ("Quintron in clogs" is tempting, but "Jonathan Richman after ingesting some funky Gouda" gets closer.)

  As if determined to squeeze every ounce of perspiration out of the opportunity, Quintron and Pussycat have a flurry of activity scheduled this weekend. They headline the kickoff night of the Festival of the Rising Sun on Saturday; jet to Lafayette's Blue Moon Saloon for a Valentine's Day shindig on Sunday; and return on Monday for the annual companion to the Maritime Ball, a Lundi Gras blowout at One Eyed Jacks with sissy bounce rapper Katey Red and warped psych-pop group the Intelligence. Then it's back to the grind for NOMA's newest employee.

  One thing the shows won't offer is a sneak preview of the forthcoming Quintron album; for that, fans will have to drop into the museum periodically over the coming months or visit Open Sound New Orleans (www.opensoundneworleans.com), where outtakes from his recording sessions will be posted every week.

  "It could just be one long tone and the sound of a frog," he warns. "I want to leave it open to be whatever that environment dictates it should be. ... It would be stupid to put all that stuff in the museum and think I could do a record the way I do it here: 5 o'clock in the morning, drinking beer and smoking cigarettes, inviting homeless people in."

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