In case slipping into a tryptophan stupor for the rest of the evening doesn't sound like an intriguing plan for this Thursday, (or if you need a place to bring the relatives - or escape from them) there's plenty of action going on in New Orleans' clubs on Thanksgiving night. Here are a few of my picks for music scheduled Thursday night that'll top of the holiday better than an extra slice of pumpkin pie.
The Rebirth Brass Band presents their Thanksgiving Blowout at the Howlin' Wolf; garage-rock stalwarts the Royal Pendletons hold it down at dba on Frenchmen St, and Kermit Ruffins (and a ton of food, if you feel like reprising Thanksgiving dinner) will be at Vaughan's in the Bywater. At the Cricket Club on St. Charles Ave., DJ Jubilee will be getting sluggish, overfed clubgoers onto the dance floor to work off some of that stuffing. The Soul Rebels play their regular gig at Le Bon Temps Roule. And the enticingly peculiar Ratty Scurvics plays upstairs at Mimi's in the Marigny. Come on, this is New Orleans: the mail may not be coming on a national holiday, but that's no excuse not to go to a bar.