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Reds, White and the Blues
6 p.m.-9 p.m. Thu., Oct. 16
City Park, Pavilion of the Two Sisters, 483-3129;

Reds, Whites and the Blues unfurls a spread of fine wine, gourmet food and blues music for a good cause. More than 200 wines will be uncorked to accompany food from restaurants including Arabesque, Byblos, Eleven79, 5Fifty5, Lago, Lilette, Muriel's Jackson Square, New City Grille, Ruth's Chris Steak House, the Country Club and the Red Maple. Chanteuse Ingrid Lucia and the Harry Mayronne Trio will perform. Proceeds from the annual event benefit the Big Easy Awards Foundation for Entertainment Development and Education, which sponsors the Big Easy Awards and supports programs in arts education. Participating wine purveyors include Avenue Wines, Paul Bologna Fine Wines, Doerries International, Glazer of Louisiana, International Wine & Spirits, Republic National Distributing Company, Select Wines, Uncorked Importers & Distributors of Fine Wine, and Wines Unlimited. Tickets $60 in advance, $70 at the door. — Bryan Davis



The Felice Brothers
10 p.m. Fri., Oct. 17
The Maple Leaf, 8316 Oak St., 866-9359

It isn't hard to find a modern folk band that's been influenced by Bob Dylan or the Band's Basement Tapes , but it is hard to find one like the Felice Brothers who can manage to uncannily recall the music of its forebears without coming off as a novelty troupe stuck in the past. Hailing from the same mountainous area of upstate New York that birthed the Tapes , the Felice Brothers have a bloody-knuckled take on folk music, hitting all the right Americana notes (multi-part harmonies, rural good-vibes, songs about whisky) and putting that formula in service of soulful and literary songcraft. The recently released, self-titled LP on Team Love runs the gamut from heartbreaking acoustic balladry to roof-raising sing-alongs. Its live shows have a reputation for being hair-raisingly jubilant as well. Tickets $10. — Gabe Soria




Earl Greyhound
8 p.m. Mon., Oct. 20
The Parish at the House of Blues, 225 Decatur St., 310-4999;

Earl Greyhound bassist Kamara Thomas and guitarist Matt Whyte weave aching harmonies that have been compared more than once to the pairing of Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris — though the warm, sweet latticework of vocals is only half the appeal of the Brooklyn trio. Beneath that honeyed net lies a '70s-style, Led-heavy base — a chugging, smoke-belching assault of big, hard, proto-metal blues rock that's more powerful than a locomotive and occasionally faster than a speeding bullet. Drummer Big Ricc Sheridan, a heavyweight champion in the arena of skin-pounding — with an unnerving resemblance to Aaron Neville (or maybe it's just the sleeveless denim vests and — girth?) — drives the train with unrelenting force. The band released its debut, Soft Targets , in 2006, and a follow-up is rumored to be on the way for the new year. Opening are Portugal. The Man, an experimental indie-rock quartet who claim to be from Wasilla, Alaska, and Canadian rockers Wintersleep. Tickets $12.50. — Alison Fensterstock




Heartless Bastards
10 p.m. Sat., Oct. 18
d.b.a., 618 Frenchmen St., 942-3731;

The Heartless Bastards, a raw, roadhouse blues/rock outfit from Cincinnati, got its first break when a fellow Midwesterner — the Black Keys' Patrick Carney — caught its show in 2004 and helped bring the band to his then-label, the earnestly quirky Mississippi-based blues concern Fat Possum. Fairly recently, the group got a shake-up when Erika Wennerstrom relocated to Austin and split from bassist Mike Lamping (personally as well as professionally) and drummer Kevin Vaughn. There she replaced two-thirds of the band, which would have been hugely startling except for the fact that the new rhythm section is actually a sort of proto-version of the Bastards, having appeared on early demos — and the fact that her staggeringly huge, Pearl-like voice remains the necessary focal point of its rough-and-ready sound. Heartless Bastards 2.0 officially debuts on wax in January, when Fat Possum drops The Mountain , a project that early reviews praise for its softened, countrified sound and addition of Appalachian-style strings. The Bastards are followed at midnight by the searing blues duo of Cedric Burnside on drums and Lightning Malcolm on electric guitar. Tickets $10. — Fensterstock

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