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10 p.m. Sat., Feb. 2; 10 p.m. Mon., Feb. 4
Tipitina's, 501 Napoleon Ave., 895-TIPS;

Galactic's Lundi Gras show at Tip's is slowly becoming a Carnival institution, with hip-hop and space jazz-tinged funk jams lasting late into the night. This year, the band decided to double Mardi Gras fans' pleasure with a second show, and its inviting some others to help. The 2007 album From the Corner to the Block was a come-one, come-all musical party in which the band invited some of its favorite MCs to come into the studio, resulting in some seriously funky collaborations. This week at Tip's, it is revisiting those grooves live and onstage with a posse of special guests from the project. On Saturday night, guests include Blackalicious' Gift of Gab, who also joined the band on its recent tour, and Boots Riley of politically outspoken Oakland rap collective the Coup. Monday, Jurassic 5 frontman Chali 2na takes the mic. New Orleans Klezmer All Stars open. Tickets $25. — Fensterstock




Endymion Extravaganza with the Doobie Brothers and the Go-Go's
Following the Endymion parade, Sat., Feb. 2
New Orleans Superdome, 1500 Poydras St., 736-0160;

The annual bash held at the Superdome comes with a super price tag, but if your pocketbook can handle it, the Endymion Extravaganza is open to the public. Extravagant is definitely the word for this monster party, which entertains approximately 14,000 guests inside the massive Dome with an indoor fireworks show, confetti canyons and top-notch entertainment. This year's bill features the jangly pop/punk stylings of '80s hitmakers the Go-Go's, playing with an all-original lineup, as well as the sophisticated classic guitar rock of Grammy-winning '70s act the Doobie Brothers (pictured). This year's Grand Marshal, Kevin Costner, is doing double duty for Endymion. After he hops off his float, he'll be performing with his own band, Modern West. Local cover band the Chee-Weez are also on the roster, as is sweaty, motivational power pop from the dependable New Orleans party monsters Cowboy Mouth. The party gets going as soon as the parade rolls into the Dome, which happens at about 8 p.m. Liquor and food are strictly BYO. Formal attire required. Tickets $155. — Fensterstock




Dr. John's Mardi Gras Mambo
10 p.m. Mon., Feb. 4
House of Blues, 225 Decatur St., 310-4999;

Step up and take your medicine. The doctor is in town to dole out heavy doses of Carnival vibes to his eager patient population of Lundi Gras revelers. Dr. John's mystical-trickster persona, draped in jewel-toned robes, bones and feathers, has stood as a symbol of New Orleans' musical mojo since 1968, when he dropped the hoodoo-laced hit Gris Gris and debuted his alter ego. If his stellar set — performed while clad in a snappy deep-purple suit — at the 2007 Voodoo Fest gives any indication of where his head is at these days, this will be a blend of both '70s-era Night Tripper swamp funk and the stomping Crescent City R&B he played as teenager Mac Rebennack, proving that the good doctor can still play as cool and creepy as bayou mist and as hot as andouille. Tickets $33.50. — Fensterstock




Lundi Gras Lundi Gras at Riverwalk
3 p.m.-8 p.m. Mon., Feb. 4
Spanish Plaza, Poydras Street at the River, 522-1555;

Zulu Lundi Gras Festival
10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Mon., Feb 4
Woldenberg Park;

On Lundi Gras, the entertainment at the Riverfront is worthy of not one king but two. There's live music all day as Zulu introduces its royalty and official characters to revelers in Woldenberg Park. King and Queen Zulu arrive by boat at 5 p.m. At Spanish Plaza, bands play in the afternoon prior to the arrival of Rex at 6 p.m. Rex is pronounced ruler of the city for the duration of Mardi Gras by the mayor and then the two kings meet in what has become a new Carnival tradition. Zulu's Lundi Gras Festival features two music stages and a children's area with storytellers. Performers include Amanda Shaw & the Cute Guys, Rebirth Brass Band, Big Al Carson, Charmaine Neville, the Free Agents Brass Band, Troy Sawyer, James Rivers Movement and others. Throughout the day, Zulu's characters are introduced, starting with Mr. Big Stuff and on to the Governor, Province Prince, Mayor, Witch Doctor and Mr. Big Shot. At Spanish Plaza, the lineup starts with the Soul Rebels Brass Band at 3 p.m. followed by Rockin' Dopsie Jr. & the Zydeco Twisters. Rex's rule is feted with fireworks and then music continues with the Topcats. Both celebrations will have food vendors. Free admission. — Will Coviello

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