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Home for the Holidays 

NOCCA and the House of Blues present the annual Home for the Holidays fundraiser for the Daniel Price Memorial Fund for Aspiring Artists. A NOCCA graduate, Price was killed in San Francisco in 2003 while trying to protect his wife from an assailant. The organization provides scholarships to NOCCA students to pursue music and visual art programs in college. Headlining the event are Kermit Ruffins and the BBQ Swingers, Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue, Jonathan Batiste, John Boutté, Rockin Dopsie and Amanda Shaw (pictured). The patron party (6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.) includes a performance by Irma Thomas, art auction, buffet dinner and open bar. Tickets $30 general admission (includes free Abita beer), patron party $125. — Will Coviello

7:30 p.m. Tue., Dec. 23

House of Blues, 225 Decatur St., 310-4999;

click to enlarge PHOTO BY RICK OLIVIER
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