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Kid Rock, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Rev. Run
6:30 p.m. Fri., Aug. 8
New Orleans Arena, 1501 Girod St., 587-3663

We don't totally understand it, but this bill of monsters of Southern rock, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Kid Rock, includes Rev. Run — as in, one-third of Run DMC, the hip-hop originators from Hollis, Queens, who is now an ordained minister and benevolently goofy TV dad (via his reality show Run's House). Run DMC can be credited with opening the Pandora's box of rock-rap hybrid with its 1986 top-10 collaboration with Aerosmith, "Walk This Way." Kid Rock's drawling, heavy-metal guitar-shredding, rhyming, Waffle House-brawling pimp attitude is one of the things that popped out of that box. Rock and Roll Hall of Famers and original good ol' boys Lynyrd Skynyrd — now a catchall of Van Zant descendents and friends rallying around a pair of founding members — are still twanging away after more than 40 years. Think of Kid Rock as the illegitimate, behavior-problem child of the two opening acts and it all makes sense. Tickets $60. — Alison Fensterstock




Dirty Linen Night
6 p.m.-9 p.m. Sat., Aug. 9
French Quarter, 453-3664;

It's time to get your crisp, white summer linen a little dirty. Dirty Linen Night originated as a spoof of White Linen Night and featured the work of a pottery collective known as the Dirty Girls. Once a ruse to get people to the Royal Street galleries in the dead heat of August, Dirty Linen Night has become a bona fide annual event. More than 50 galleries and shops on Royal Street, Jackson Square and Dutch Alley open at 6 p.m. for this extended French Quarter block party. Many galleries will offer food and drink. Fredy Omar con su Banda brings some Latin flavor to Dutch Alley. The festivities conclude with a second-line parade beginning at 8:30 p.m. at Dutch Alley with the Camel Toe Steppers and the Pussyfooters. Free admission. — Allison Good




Blind Melon
8 p.m. Sun., Aug. 10
House of Blues, 225 Decatur St., 310-4999;

The quintet Blind Melon, whose dancing "bee girl" is one of the enduring symbols of '90s alternative rock, shot to prominence with its dysthymic, countrified hit "No Rain" in 1993. Its career was abruptly cut short here in New Orleans when troubled lead singer Shannon Hoon was found dead of a drug overdose on the tour bus after a show at Tipitina's. After 11 years, the four surviving members reunited in 2006 with mutual friend Travis Warren, whose voice mimics Hoon's scratchy whine. He stands in ably on old songs as well as on the recent album, For My Friends , the band's first studio release since 1995's Soup . The new record sees the jangly, alt-pop group extrapolating on the rootsier themes of its earlier work, venturing slightly into jamband territory. Local singer/songwriter Mynameisjohnmichael opens. Tickets $18.50. — Fensterstock




Mos Def
8 p.m. Tue., Aug. 5
House of Blues, 225 Decatur St., 310-4999;

Mos Def famously pledged his allegiance to New Orleans in September of 2006 with his single "Katrina Clap," which used Bush and Nagin sound bites from the early days following the hurricane to open a politically incisive remake of UTP Playas' 2004 block-party blazer "Nolia Clap." He didn't stop at writing a protest song, though — a few days after the first anniversary of Katrina, he rolled up outside MTV's Video Music Awards ceremony at Radio City Music Hall and performed the song from the back of a flatbed truck. (He was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct.) He's going on more than a decade now of using his flow to fight the power. He broke through in '98 and '99 with Black Star , a collaboration with Talib Kweli, and Black on Both Sides , which had critics hailing him as the bearer of the flame for political hip-hop. Since then, he's deftly balanced an enduring rep as one of the rap game's most conscious talents with an ever-lengthening resume as a TV, film and Broadway actor. Tickets $40. — Fensterstock

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