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The Adult Sock Hop with DJ Jubilee
10 p.m. Fri., Dec. 29
Howlin' Wolf, 907 S. Peters St., 522-WOLF

He's well known for block parties, school dances and underground New Orleans gigs, but this is a rare club appearance for master of bounce DJ Jubilee. By day, he's mild-mannered Jerome Temple, teaching special-education students and coaching football in the New Orleans public schools. By night, often, he's hollering on the mic, pumping the party up to the n th degree. In the mid-90s, he was discovered while emceeing at a school dance by the local Take Fo' Records. It put out two albums for him, including 1998's Take It to the St. Thomas . The infectious beats and call-and-response lyrics of bounce rap make it impossible not to dance to. Even the shyest wallflower will soon be yelling and shaking it. Juan With The Universe opens. Tickets $10. — Alison Fensterstock


Guitar Lightning Lee
10 p.m. Fri., Dec. 29
Hi Ho Lounge, 2239 St. Claude Ave., 947-9344

It's not likely that a musician would get a nickname like "Lightning" by accident. Rhythm and blues guitarist "Guitar Lightning" Lee lives up to the moniker. After several years of playing his low-down, funky New Orleans sounds and danceable party rhythms at neighborhood bars and clubs, he's finally recording an EP to be released on vinyl in early 2007. Opening up for him at the Hi Ho is another genuine slice of New Orleans life — the far out garage-blues sound of the King Louie One-Man Band. The Harahan native has been a familiar sight in multiple local roots-influenced rock 'n' roll bands over the years, and the One-Man Band is one of the most interesting to look at. This show will be a two-headed monster of dirty blues goodness that could only happen in New Orleans. Tickets $5. — Fensterstock


Red Light District Variety Show
11 p.m. Sat., Dec 30
Le Chat Noir, 715 St. Charles Ave., 581-5812: or

The Red Light District Variety Show is training local audiences to expect the unexpected. Every other Saturday night since early November, the late-night show has brought together a mix of actors, comics, bands and a burlesque dancer here and there to present a revue of topical and often outrageous comedy and entertainment. Local playwright Jim Fitzmorris serves as host and the cast features a rotating bunch of regulars (pictured) including a puppet Mayor C. Ray Nagin. Bands like the appropriately manic and dramatic Bingo! Show have pushed things in more exotic directions. Producer Aimee Hayes has taken a freewheeling approach to putting the event together, trying out unconventional and new acts, which like improv comedy, can hit great heights or go up in flames, giving the night some raw energy. The line-up changes for every show. This Saturday features Joan Spraggins, who recently performed in One Mo' Time , and new burlesque dancers from Fleur de Tease. Take a look back in their year-end show, and gear up for next year as the show continues it's every other week engagement at Le Chat through February. Tickets $15. — Will Coviello


Eddie Bo & Snooks Eaglin
10 p.m. Fri., Dec. 29
Mid-City Lanes Rock 'N' Bowl, 4133 S. Carrollton Ave., 482-3133;

These two New Orleans legends should burn up the lanes at the Rock 'N' Bowl together. It's a comparatively rare opportunity to see two architects of the Crescent City sound throw down on the same stage. Particularly here on their home turf, they're the very definition of "needs no introduction" — their names are practically synonymous with the New Orleans sound of '50s-era R&B. Snooks has been playing greasy, gritty New Orleans rhythm and blues and funk guitar since the '50s, everywhere from the streets of the French Quarter to the international stage. In his own 45-year career, Ninth Ward native and piano wizard Eddie Bo has recorded more singles than any New Orleans R&B artist other than Fats Domino. Bo also produced and wrote songs for big names like Irma Thomas, Al "Carnival Time" Johnson and Art Neville. Between the two of them, Snooks and Eddie have been at the heart of New Orleans music, from "Slippin and Slidin" all the way to ÒHook and Sling." Tickets $10. — Alison Fensterstock

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