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Cutting Edge Music Conference
Thu.-Sun., Aug. 24-27
Contemporary Arts Center and various music clubs;

Besides filling music clubs with some new faces this weekend, the Cutting Edge Music Conference will present a vast array of programming dedicated to everything that typically goes on behind the scenes. That means continuing education on entertainment law, forums on film and new media, and business education panels for artists, managers, independent producers and others. While the live entertainment is the main draw for most music fans, the conference has interesting cultural presentations on roots music with musicians including bluesman Tabby Thomas, brass bandleader Benny Jones and Cajun fiddler Luderin Darbone of the 70-plus years and running Hackberry Ramblers. The live music showcases run Thursday through Saturday at the Contemporary Arts Center, the Big Top, Ray's Boom Boom Room, Checkpoint Charlie's and other clubs in the Marigny and Warehouse District (Manwitch pictured). The line-ups include both local and regional bands as well as acts from New York to California and Miami in genres from rock to hip-hop to jazz to singer/songwriter showcases. See for business conference and Roots Music Gathering programming. See music listings for more on showcases. Prices vary by event. — Will Coviello


Barbara Lynn and Li'l Buck Sinegal
6-8 p.m. Thu., Aug. 24
Ogden Museum of Southern Art, 925 Camp Street, 539-9612;

10 p.m. Fri., Aug. 25
Circle Bar, 1032 Lee Circle, 588-2616

The mysterious collective behind the Ponderosa Stomp roots music festival, the Mystic Knights of the Mau Mau, present these solo experiences with Texas soul queen Barbara Lynn and southern Louisiana blues guitar king Paul "Li'l Buck" Sinegal. Lynn cut her 1962 hit, the tear-jerking "You'll Lose A Good Thing," here in the Crescent City at Cosimo Matassa's legendary French Quarter studio with Mac Rebennack on organ. She went on to become well known as the scribe of "Oh Baby (We Got A Good Thing Goin')," which the Rolling Stones recorded in 1965, but her own output Ð warm, swampy vocals over bluesy Southern soul Ð could easily stand on its own for the history books. Sinegal is a soldier of a sideman with a career spanning half a century. Most notable are the years he spent as an Excello records session man and as zydeco king Clifton Chenier's longtime guitarist. Sinegal's late '60s solo recordings for the La Louisiane label, funky instrumentals like "Monkey in a Sack," have been gaining popularity recently because of sampling from hip-hop DJs. On Thursday at 10 p.m., Li'l Buck will also be playing at the Circle Bar with his band the Buckaroos. Tickets $10 for both events; $5 for Li'l Buck on Thursday. — Alison Fensterstock


Krewe of O.A.K. Mid-Summer Mardi Gras Parade and Ball
8:30 p.m. Sat., Aug. 26
Maple Leaf Bar, 8316 Oak St., 866-9359

Some might say that a few hurricane-themed costumes tempted fate at last year's Krewe of O.A.K. Mid-summer Mardi Gras Parade, which rolled 36-hours before the storm arrived. But lightning never strikes twice, right, and this year's parade, entitled "Gimme Shelter," is on schedule for Saturday night. The annual sweltering summer soiree for the Oak Street community starts with a float and brass band-led masquerade and pub crawl and winds its way through the Riverbend and University neighborhood and back to the Maple Leaf for the ball, featuring the Maple Leaf All-Stars, including Ivan Neville, Tony Hall, Johnny Vidacovich and special guests. As usual, the parade features mini-floats in the form of golf carts mounted with the oversized busts of several Oak Street heroes, including bluesman James Booker and Rockin' Dopsie Sr., who both played regularly at the club, Everette Maddox, the poet-laureate of the Maple Leaf, and Jed Palmer and Jacques Cassatt, who spent a lot of time in the bar. The royalty will appear at 8:30 p.m. and the parade will commence at 9 p.m. Costumes encouraged. The parade is free. Ball tickets $20. — Coviello


Dirty Dozen Brass Band CD-Release Party
10 p.m. Sat., Aug. 26
Tipitina's, 501 Napoleon Ave., 895-TIPS;

The Dirty Dozen are a perennial favorite guest at recording sessions, having added their special funkified brass touch to projects by Elvis Costello, the North Mississippi Allstars and pioneering jazz hero Dizzy Gillespie. For their new album, What's Going On (Shout! Factory), in stores Aug. 29, they switched it up and invited an all-star cast of guest vocalists — including Chuck D., Bettye LaVette, G. Love and Ivan Neville — to join them in interpreting Marvin Gaye's scorching soul weapon. (The band previously recorded Gaye's "Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)," a powder keg of a song here given an even tougher edge by Chuck D.) What's Going On is a return to their patented brass-hybrid sound, mixing traditional New Orleans music with other genres, after 2004's Funeral For a Friend , a melancholy collection of traditional gospel and second-line tunes recorded in memory of Tuba Fats. Nearly forty years after the release of Gaye's original, most of the hard questions it poses are still glaringly unanswered. A portion of the album's proceeds will go to Katrina relief efforts; the band will also be performing next week at the Tipitina's Foundation's Instruments A-Comin' ceremony, where the organization will present nearly half a million dollars' worth of donated instruments to New Orleans public schools. With the Soul Rebels Brass Band. Tickets $12. — Fensterstock

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