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Tony Clifton and the Katrina Kiss My Ass Orchestra
8 p.m. Tue., Sept. 23
One Eyed Jacks, 615 Toulouse St., 569-8361;

Photo by Bjorn Kavanaugh This is the second night of a two-night stand by fictional and obnoxious lounge singer Tony Clifton, a performer more ribald than Don Rickles and more offensive than Andrew Dice Clay. Not for the faint of heart, the Clifton act was a collaboration between the late, reality-challenging comedian Andy Kaufman and his partner-in-crime Robert Zmuda, both of whom have played Clifton (Zmuda most recently last year at Tipitina's). Purposely irritating, nasal and boorish, Clifton is the belligerent, dinner-jacketed nadir of Vegas showmanship. Clifton performs his lewd, hilariously embarrassing set with the bluntly titled Katrina Kiss My Ass Orchestra, a group of Gulf Coast musicians with whom he is currently touring to promote their anti-hurricane stance. Presented by Comic Relief, the show's proceeds benefit performers affected by Hurricane Katrina. Tickets $10. — Fensterstock




G.G. Shinn
6 p.m.-8 p.m. Thu., Sept. 25
Ogden Museum of Southern Art, 925 Camp St., 539-9600;

Swamp-pop singer and trumpeter G.G. Shinn is a genuine force of nature — the good kind, as opposed to the kind we often run into this time of year. Shinn's hurricane-force stage presence has been a fixture on the south Louisiana music scene since 1956, when the Franklin native formed his first group, the Flat Tops. In the early '60s, Shinn joined the legendary outfit the Boogie Kings — arguably the first white band in Louisiana to play soul and R&B — whose shifting membership (a version of the group still plays today) has included dozens of the finest players of swamp pop and blue-eyed soul that Cajun country has to offer. Shinn spent a chunk of the '70s touring and recording with the Grammy-nominated Los Angeles group Chase before moving to Alexandria to open his own nightclub (G.G.'s Club), where he frequently performs. Tickets $10. — Fensterstock




Gogol Bordello
9 p.m. Thu., Sept. 25
House of Blues, 225 Decatur St., 310-4999;

Photo by Laure Dukoff Fronted by mustachioed, Ukrainian wild-man Eugene Hutz, Gogol Bordello has been at the forefront of the cross-pollination of world music and punk rock for a full decade now. The spastic Slav, who cavorts and contorts with the vicious energy of Iggy Pop, serves as ringmaster for a multi-ethnic gypsy/punk circus of music, which includes everything from string-smoking Romany fiddle to New York hip-hop beats and bucket-banging percussion — a sound equally appropriate to the Black Forest and a Brooklyn warehouse. The effect — sweaty, primal, futuristic and apocalyptic — is as if Baba Yaga had ridden her butter churn straight into the mosh pit, thrashing to wild accordion and heavily accented post-Soviet-bloc lyrical celebration till the butter comes. Supercritic Robert Christgau effusively declared its 2007 release Super Taranta (Side One Dummy) "the best rock album of the decade." Tickets $25. — Fensterstock




Charles Walker and the Dynamites
10 p.m. Sat., Sept. 27
Tipitina's, 501 Napoleon Ave., 895-TIPS;

Via acts like Sharon Jones' Dap-Kings, particularly with its star turn on Amy Winehouse's Grammy-sweeping Back to Black , sizzling, vintage soul sounds are creeping back up the charts. Nashville-born shouter Charles "Wig" Walker is no bandwagon-jumper. The sexagenarian bandleader cut his teeth opening for acts like James Brown, Etta James and Wilson Pickett back in the day. With his group Little Charlie and the Sidewinders, Walker recorded hot soul and early funk for the Champion, Chess and Decca labels, cutting sides that became collector's items for the crate-digging set. In 2007, Walker and his new band, the Dynamites, recorded Kaboom! (Thirty Tigers), an electrified slice of James Brown-style funk that's a rocket-powered sonic jaunt in the wayback machine. The Soul Rebels Brass Band opens. Tickets $15. — Fensterstock

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