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Del Tha Funky Homosapien with Devin the Dude 1
1 0 p.m. Thu., Oct. 4
Tipitina's, 501 Napoleon Ave., 895-TIPS;

As one of the original sculptors of alternative hip-hop, Del Tha Funky Homosapien came into the game sounding like an odd duck indeed, with rhymes about dental hygiene, public transportation and Bugs Bunny references on the 1991 classic I Wish My Brother George Was Here . Veering far from the hip-hop standard of the time, Del experimented with industrial and jungle beats under his quirky lyrics. The scene soon caught up with him and a community of underground MCs flourished in the San Francisco Bay Area in the '90s. His latest project is this year's The 11th Hour , a CD/DVD release and his fourth solo effort to date. He's joined on tour here with Houston-based rapper Devin the Dude (pictured), an underground favorite who has recorded and toured with acts like Snoop, Eminem and Li'l Wayne, though inexplicably hasn't broken out as a star on the same level. His latest project on the esteemed Rap-A-Lot label is this year's Waitin' to Inhale . Coughee Brothaz and Bukue One open. Tickets $15 in advance, $18 at the door. — Fensterstock




Gretna Heritage Festival
Fri.-Sun., Oct. 5-7
Downtown Gretna

The last time the Beach Boys (Beach Men?) and Starship (nee Jefferson, nee Airplane; pictured) would have had occasion to share a bill, absentee former leaders Brian Wilson and Grace Slick were too busy smiling and chasing white rabbits down their holes to care. The respective pop and rock band demigods of the '60s get reacquainted at the 2007 Gretna Heritage Festival, whose annual blast-from-the-past headline bookings are like memorably awkward class reunions of the music-fest circuit. (Consider Mickey Thomas Least Likely To Still Be Touring At Age 60.) Looking past the icebreakers, the festival's local contingent is much more of-the-moment: a thick-as-Steen's lineup highlighted by Houma bluesman Tab Benoit, brass kicker Trombone Shorty, fiddler par excellence Amanda Shaw and "juicebox heroes" the Imagination Movers, the latter of whom graces a new Disney television show. The venerable event also features various crafts, games, globetrotting food and beverages via the Italian Village and German Beer Garden. Tickets $10 per day, $25 weekend pass. — Noah Bonaparte Pais




Tom Scanton
5 p.m. Sun., Oct. 7
Trinity Episcopal Church, 1329 Jackson Ave., 522-0276;

Tom Scanton's European tour has been somewhat more extended than most New Orleans traditional jazz musicians. He's spent 22 years as a writer, editor and foreign correspondent for Time Magazine , most recently as Paris bureau chief. While there, he authored the 1998 best-seller Death of a Princess: The Investigation . Last year, he published the memoir Song for My Fathers: A New Orleans Story in Black and White . It chronicles his apprenticeship to renowned New Orleans clarinetist George Lewis. As a clarinetist himself, Scanton has appeared on countless CDs, toured widely in the United States and Europe and even appeared in Wild Man Blues , a documentary about Woody Allen and his interest in jazz. (Allen is also a clarinetist, fan of traditional jazz and played at the first New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival). Scanton has returned to New Orleans and accepted a teaching position at Tulane. This Sunday, he leads the New Orleans Jazz Quartet at the Trinity Artists Series. He is joined by Lars Edegran on piano, Seva Senet on banjo and Tom Saunders on bass. Free admission. — Will Coviello



The Black Lips
10 p.m. Sun. Oct. 7
One Eyed Jacks, 615 Toulouse St., 569-8361;

The Black Lips were gainfully slouching towards infamy even before coming to national attention. The four purveyors of jangly, messy, psychedelic garage rock were well known for being banned from several Atlanta music venues even before they hired on gold-toothed New Orleans-born guitarist Ian St. Pe. Moving ever onward and upward in debauchery, they released three LPs in the hippie trash-rock vein of the 13th Floor Elevators or the Troggs before signing to relative newbie Vice Records — and immediately flying to Tijuana to record a deliriously chaotic live set. It's latest, and first studio effort for Vice, Good Bad Not Evil , deals with more delicate subjects like the death of loved ones and the effects of that '05 weather thing, but never fails to rock another beer right into your hand. Of course, we wouldn't expect less from a band that lists Robitussin as a major influence. In any case, the band is back in New Orleans and ready to personally serve up a heaping platter of steaming hot, sloppy rock that's guaranteed to leave a stain. Selmanaires open. Tickets $10 in advance, $12 at the door. — Fensterstock

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