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Zappa Plays Zappa
8 p.m. Wed., June 11
House of Blues, 225 Decatur St., 310-4999;

Say "Frank Zappa cover band" and a raised eyebrow might be the politest response you'd get — the body of work left behind by the late visionary rocker is so complex and massive that attempting to reproduce it may seem like a fool's errand. Zappa was a master composer and schooled his bands on the subtleties of his elaborate, genre-defying psychedelic jazz-rock soundscapes using martinet discipline. The cover band, in this case, though, is his son Dweezil Zappa (pictured), who just released a two-DVD set, Zappa Plays Zappa, with an expert ensemble that includes several alumni of his father's band: virtuoso guitarist Steve Vai, drummer Terry Bozzio and sax and flutist Napoleon Murphy Brock. The end result may lack Frank's nasal, biting deadpan delivery, but not much else. Tickets $35. — Alison Fensterstock



Bustout Burlesque
7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. Sat., June 14
House of Blues, 225 Decatur St., 310-4999;

Taking Dad down to Bourbon Street may not be in your Father's Day plans, but he might enjoy this trip back to the golden age of striptease. Bustout Burlesque's "Heart Belongs to Daddy" 1950s-style show is a mix of striptease, live music, comedy and more. Exotic dancers Kitty Twist, Perle Noire, Foxy Flambeaux and Mora Amaya revive the classic sassy stage acts of yesteryear, accompanied by songstress Big Fine Ellen Smith and Matt Bell's New Orleans jazz band. Comic and master of ceremonies Dante the Magician hosts the showcase, former Bourbon Street dancer Wild Cherry makes an appearance, and Harry Mayronne's popular puppet, Miss Viola, entertains as well. Tickets $20. — Allison Good



Brass Bed PHOTO: no credit
10 p.m. Wed., June 11
Circle Bar, 1032 St. Charles Ave., 588-2616

After a year or so of low-profile gigging around New Orleans, the Lafayette band Brass Bed dropped a polished, poppy debut album — Midnight Matinee — that, despite its name, is bursting with sunshiny California-style pop. Part Byrds, part Brian Wilson and part Flaming Lips, Brass Bed's skillfully produced strata of psychedelia, Laurel Canyon country, doo-wop harmonies and light prog-rock brushstrokes seem almost too complex to be so effervescent. Midnight Matinee was recorded as a three-piece, and later overdubs were the de facto introduction of two new permanent members (playing a second piano and a bass) who made welcome additions to the band's deeply, delicately textured sound. Tickets $5. — Fensterstock



The Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival
2 p.m.-7 p.m. Fri., June 13;
Noon-7 p.m. Sat.-Sun., June 14-15
Old U.S. Mint, 400 Esplanade Ave., 558-6100;

No need to head to Lafayette this weekend if you want to hear some of the best dance music the state has to offer. The 2nd annual Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival returns to the lower French Quarter for three days of gonna-make-you-sweat action just outside the Old U.S. Mint branch of the Louisiana State Museum. It's a stellar lineup; Grammy Award winners Terrance Simien & the Zydeco Experience and BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet will be joined by Louisiana dancehall stalwarts like Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys (pictured), the Lost Bayou Ramblers, Sunpie and the Louisiana Sunspots, Bruce Daigrepont, Keith Frank & the Soileau Zydeco Band, and many others. The action takes place on two stages, one at the museum's Barracks Street entrance and the other on Esplanade Avenue. (If you get too hot, there's always the option of disappearing into the Mint for a while to take in some cool air and enjoy the museum's stellar new show, Treasures of Napoléon.) And all this sonic delight is occurring concurrently with the Creole Tomato Festival and Louisiana Seafood Festival in and around the French Market, so you can feed your belly and work off the subsequent damage all in the same spot. Did we mention the music's free? Oh, mais oui. — Kevin Allman

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