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Col. Bruce Hampton and the Quark Alliance 

Elder statesman of rock weirdness Col. Bruce Hampton has been keeping music strange since 1963. He may have added the pseudo-military parenthetical (Ret.) to the end of his title in recent years, but his activities show he's anything but. For most of the '90s, Hampton found a home on the jam-band circuit with the jazz/rock/funk/improvisational outfit the Aquarium Rescue Unit, whose unique grooves were an anchor for H.O.R.D.E., the crunchy-granola version of the Lollapalooza tour. The Rescue Unit has featured members of the jam scene's most rarefied elite, including members of Phish, the Spin Doctors and Widespread Panic. His latest project, the Quark Alliance, wanders into the realm of the psychedelic, but more in the vein of the Allman Brothers Band. The jams grow out of a solid blues and roots base, instead of a few familiar riffs emerging briefly from an improvisational soup. The Chris Scheurich Band opens. Tickets $12. -- Alison Fensterstock

10 p.m. Thu., August 2

TipitinaÕs, 501 Napoleon Ave., 895-TIPS; www.tipitinas.com

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