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Nothing like a Dame
8 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 29-30, 2 p.m. Sun. July 1; through July 8
Le Chat Noir, 715 St. Charles Ave., 581-5812;

Recent Big Easy Award winner Amy Alvarez takes the stage at Le Chat Noir in a cabaret-style revue and tribute to the musical theater of Rodgers & Hammerstein. Nothing Like a Dame — The Women of Rodgers & Hammerstein was developed by Alvarez and Jefferson Turner. Besides featuring songs from South Pacific, the inspiration for the show's name, Alvarez will sing selections from such classics as The Sound of Music , Oklahoma! , Flower Drum Song , Cinderella , State Fair and Carousel . Alvarez and Jefferson, both alums of the Cabaret Conference at Yale University, team up for the first time for Dame, and enjoyed a very timely collaboration. Le Chat has been a hub of cabaret experience with artists Andrea Marcovicci and Shelly Markham in town for the recent "Andrea Sings Astaire" show. The four shared notes during overlapping rehearsals and performances. The opening night performance will benefit the Mystic Krewe of Satyricon (Call 525-4498 for tickets to that show only). Tickets $26 (includes a $5 bar credit). — Lauren LaBorde





Jesse Malin
10 p.m. Sat., June 30
The Parish at the House of Blues, 225 Decatur St., 310-4999;

Photo by Joseph Cultice Brooklyn-based rocker Jesse Malin, formerly of the heavily New York Dolls-influenced glam-punk act D Generation, has mellowed into a soulful indie singer-songwriter with an alt-country bent. His 2003 solo debut, The Fine Art of Self-Destruction was produced by neo-Americana prodigal son Ryan Adams. Entertainment Weekly once called the new, post-glam Malin the "Springsteen of Avenue D" for the poignant, insightful narrative sense that infused his raw ballads of downtown urban life. His latest, 2007's Glitter in the Gutte r, is aptly titled; it sees a little more of the hairspray-and-eyeliner Malin sneaking in amid the overall roots-rock aesthetic, with cameos from Adams, Jakob Dylan and Springsteen himself. The cumulative effect is that of a maturing artist who's weighed and processed his formidable mentors and influences for a result that's a little bit of all of them, but most importantly, entirely his own. The Wildbirds, a Strokes-y, blues-infused Wisconsin act who channel feel-good classic '70s rock, and power-popsters Acute open. Tickets $12. — Alison Fensterstock





Trinity Independence Day Music Festival
3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sun., July 1
Trinity Episcopal Church 1329 Jackson Ave., 522-0276;

An eclectic collage of local talent is celebrating Independence Day, and they're making sure every state is individually appreciated. The seventh annual Trinity Independence Day Music Festival travels America with clips from 52 songs under the theme "Cities and States of the U.S.A." Trombonist Delfeayo Marsalis, the Yellowdog Prophet Choir and the Navy Band are just some of the musicians who will play alongside the Mardi Gras Indian Collective (pictured) and the Caledonian Society Scottish Dancers & Pipes. The event's European-born organizer and organist, Albinas Prizgintas, wanted to put on a big, all-inclusive show, but had trouble deciding just what "patriotic music" should be. He settled on presenting a tour of the nation through familiar songs like "Rainy Night in Georgia," "New York, New York" and "Take Me Home, Country Roads." Prizgintas will also play a selection of Sousa favorites on Trinity Episcopal Church's 5,000-pipe organ. Patriotic costumes are encouraged. Free admission. — Emily Hohenwarter


The Police Reunion Tour
7:30 p.m. Sat., June 30
New Orleans Arena, 1501 Girod St., 587-3663

The onstage reunion of Sting, Stewart Copeland and Andy Summers was the focus of 20 years' worth of desire in the music industry — in fact, rumors about the possible full-on Police arena tour had swirled patiently for years. With the auspicious timing of exactly 30 years after the release of "Roxanne," the song that spurred the British act to fame in the U.S., this summer's U.S. and U.K. tour is a consummation of all that fervent wishing by fans, and they've been duly trotting out all the new wave pop treats Ð "Every Breath You Take," "Message In A Bottle," and "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic" — nightly. However, drummer Copeland — who was the most outspoken member of the band in favor of the reunion — has been pretty candid lately with the press and on his own Web site, where he called one May performance "unbelievably lame" and referred to Sting as a "petulant pansy." All accounts added up, though, seem to say that the band may be uneven as they get their sea legs back, but they look like they're having a ball. And which would you rather see — a tight and seamless nostalgia gig, or a real band? Tickets $50. — Fensterstock


Beacon of Hope Benefit
7 p.m. Thu., July 28
First Baptist Church, 5290 Canal Blvd., 309-5120;

Two groups that have their feet firmly planted in both the world of music and community activism will visit New Orleans to help support local nonprofit Beacon of Hope. The Youth Symphony for United Nations (pictured) and the RSVP choir have joined forces for the "Give Them a Hand" tour. The eclectic ensembles double as nonprofit organizations dedicated to helping local communities and spreading an international message of charity. It makes sense that these groups would bring their brand of entertainment with a conscience to help Beacon of Hope. Denise and Doug Thornton, who head the organization, have turned their once-flooded home into a resource hub for residents trying to rebuild their Katrina-ravaged houses. Beacon of Hope lends a hand by providing resources like fax machines and phones, links to city agencies, information about contractors and service providers as well as assistance gutting houses and cleaning yards — whatever it takes to help residents find their way back home. Tickets $25, patron party (held at Ralph's on the Park) tickets are $100, and include special seating at the concert. — LaBorde


Little Brother
9 p.m. Thu., June 28 =
The Parish at House of Blues, 225 Decatur St., 310-4999;

Once the dominion of proud protestants such as Mos Def and De La Soul, the so-called "conscious rap" subgenre hasn't been the same since Black Eyed Peas lost its head and got retarded. Released within months of Elephunk , the Peas' Fergie-fied dance detour, Little Brother's 2003 debut The Listening harkened back to the heyday of mid-'90s hip-hoppers like Black Star, Common Sense and A Tribe Called Quest, when the line between conscience and condescension had yet to be blurred. North Carolina natives Phonte and Big Pooh swapped smart, Southern-fed verses, but it was the soul-sampling of 9th Wonder — the wizard behind Little Brother's bottom-heavy curtain — that made The Listening such a fresh listen. By its second release, the 1995 concept album-cum-crunk party The Minstrel Show , the DJ was in demand, having produced hit tracks for Destiny's Child and Jay-Z. In January, Little Brother let loose two out-of-the-blue bombshells: break-ups with both Atlantic Records and 9th Wonder. The fate of its recently wrapped third record, Getback , is unknown. Truth Universal opens. Tickets $15. — Noah Bonaparte Pais


Lez Zeppelin
8 p.m. Sun., July 1
House of Blues, 225 Decatur St., 310-4999;

As pun-ny rock ripoffs go, the concept ranks about an eight-point-five — perhaps just ahead of Beatallica, the mutated Brit-metal outfit, but behind Sweet Children o' Mine, the all-kids Guns N' Roses cover band. Still, it's hard to tell whether Lez Zeppelin is hamming it up or going for broke when, on its Web site, the group champions "the mystery and power of the music that was forged by the Hammer of the Gods." At first blush, a female-focused Zeppelin makes perversely perfect sense. Robert Plant's golden locks and glass-shattering shrieks made him the witchiest nonwoman of the '70s; in hindsight, his fabled Middle-earth mysticism seems as arena-friendly as The Mists of Avalon. But don't go into this show — or Lez Zeppelin's eponymous debut, due in July on the Emanation imprint — expecting an in-joke along the lines of Sgt. Hetfield's Motorbreath Pub Band. By and large, the women play it straight, nailing pitch-perfect renditions of "Whole Lotta Love," "Kashmir" and "Communication Breakdown" with the requisite flair — and hair. Won Ton Lust opens. Tickets $15. — Pais


Free Foundation Series with Trombone Shorty
10 p.m. Fri., June 29
Tipitina's, 501 Napoleon Ave., 895-8477;

Photo by Dino Perrucci With political corruption and a sluggish pace weighing down New Orleans' struggling recovery like the recently stifling humidity, word of the Tipitina's Foundation's ongoing philanthropy is as welcome as an unexpected cool breeze. (And no, I'm not talking about the one coming from the direction of Congressman Jefferson's freezer.) The Foundation is currently offering a plethora of events to beat the summertime heat. "Instruments A Comin'," the annual benefit contributing to the replenishment of high-school band arsenals, commenced activities in April. The Sunday Music Workshop Series, in which area students are welcomed onstage to play with local greats such as Stanton Moore and the Soul Rebels Brass Band, continues through the end of July. And this pro bono program, a regular gratis concert series, runs until July 7. Treme's Trombone Shorty — fresh off of a searing Jazz Fest performance and, at almost 22 years old, nearly outgrowing his venerable nickname — anchors this week's installment, along with his longtime hot-brass crew Orleans Avenue and special guest 5th Ward Weebie. The Free Agents Brass Band opens. — Pais

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