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MUSIC

Jimmy's Music Club Reunion
8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 24
Southport Hall, 200 Monticello Ave., Jefferson, 835-2903; www.newsouthport.com

Jimmy Anselmo will provide a musical blast from the past with a three-club-reunion show, and for a good cause to boot. In a benefit concert for Children's Hospital, Anselmo will present music and musicians from Co-Ed's Lounge (1966-1972), Quasimodo's (1972-1976) and Jimmy's Music Club (1978-2000, under Anselmo's ownership; see flyer above). In its heyday, Jimmy's was one of the staples in the Uptown music scene, which includes the Maple Leaf and Carrollton Station venues, with performers such as Muddy Waters, Iggy Pop, Irma Thomas and Joan Baez gracing the stage. At 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving night, DJs will spin sounds from Co-Ed's and Quasimodo's era. At 10 p.m., Jimmy's House Band starts up, featuring Sal Candilora and Charlie Cuccia as well as many other musicians who have played at Jimmy's over the years. Brad Edelman, former pro lineman for the New Orleans Saints, will lend his services as master of ceremonies and will also sing a few songs with the band. Tickets $8. — Katie Walenter


EVENTS

Voice of the Wetlands Benefit
8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 25
Tab Benoit's Lagniappe Music Café, 7861 Main St., Houma, (985) 851-3663; www.tabsmusiccafe.com

Voice of the Wetlands Festival
Saturday-Sunday, Nov. 26-27
Southdown Plantation, 1208, Museum Drive, Houma, (985) 851-0154; www.southdownmuseum.org

Houma's Tab Benoit has been outspoken in his concern for the Louisiana wetlands, and recent events have made them a greater concern than ever. Wetlands are being claimed by the Gulf of Mexico hourly, and Hurricane Katrina sped the process radically. Not only is this a problem for those who love rural Louisiana, it's a problem for city dwellers because healthy wetlands help slow down tropical storms and hurricanes. To draw attention to the cause and help raise money, Benoit and an all-star group featuring Cyril Neville, Dr. John, George Porter Jr., Big Chief Monk Boudreaux, Anders Osborne, Johnny Vidacovich, Johnny Sansone and Waylon Thibodeaux recorded VOW: Voice of the Wetlands (Rykodisc) last winter. Cyril Neville's "Louisiana Sunshine" has a lovely chorus made lush with a mass of backing vocals, and Monk Boudreaux's "Me Donkey Want Water" is a Mardi Gras Indian piece. It's a handy reminder for city dwellers of what's at stake if we don't address the wetlands. The show will feature Benoit and a number of special guests, including contributors to the album. The show kicks off the Voice of the Wetlands Festival, which will take place on Saturday and Sunday at Southdown Plantation Grounds in Houma. Cover $10. — Alex Rawls


MUSIC

Merry-Go-Drown
10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 26
The Howlin' Wolf, 907 S. Peters St., 522-WOLF; www.howlin-wolf.com

There has been a number of changes in clubland since Hurricane Katrina, but the Howlin' Wolf moving down the street has nothing to do with wind or water. The Warehouse District club wasn't looted when crowds gathered around the Convention Center, but owner Howie Kaplan had been looking for a larger space, and he found it in the building that most recently housed the Praline Connection and before that, the New Orleans Music Hall. His first show in the new Wolf featured Amanda Shaw, but he's going to continue to make hard rock a central part of the club's booking. Merry-Go-Drown has been performing since 2000, and the band's recent release, As She Screams (Merry-Go-Drown), showcases its strengths. Where many of the band's national peers write chord progressions that sound unified by geometric hand movements, Donn Lacoste's riffs are surprisingly melodic for industrial metal. Singer Brandon Magnon can drift into the gargling-battery-acid voice, but more often than not he has the mammoth vocals to match the epic scale of the songs' emotions. Sharing the bill is Overtone, a good match with Chris Recinos matching Magnon's vocal power, and the band can keep up with Merry-Go-Drown riff for riff. Admission $10. — Rawls


EVENTS

Second Line and Thanksgiving Concert
10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 26
Second Line starts at Sweet Lorraine's, 1931 St. Claude Ave., between Pauger and Touro streets; www.sweetlorrainesjazzclub.com

1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 26
Thanksgiving Concert at Woldenberg Riverfront Park, Conti Street at the Mississippi River; www.neworleansmusiciansrelief.net or www.putumayo.com

Despite everything we've been through these last couple months, we also have much to be grateful for. The spirit of New Orleans will never die, and if you're the sort who needs some proof, just look to the upcoming free outdoor concert presented by Putumayo World Music at Woldenberg Riverfront Park. They're calling the celebration "Down by the Riverside: A Concert of Thanksgiving" featuring the sounds of local legends Kermit Ruffins & the Barbecue Swingers, Jon Cleary (pictured), Walter "Wolfman" Washington, John BouttŽ, Wanda Rouzan and other special guests. With such a strong lineup on top of the holiday spirit, the following sentiment comes to mind: "Put your hands in the air É like you just don't care!" But before this concert goes down, the Hot 8 Brass Band will lead a hopping second line from Sweet Lorraine's set to meander around Esplanade Avenue and Decatur and Canal streets and will end at the park. Everyone is encouraged to bring Thanksgiving leftovers and picnic fare for our friends and neighbors at the concert. Considering the fact that so many of our favorite musicians remain displaced, out on tour or otherwise detained, and some key music clubs remain closed, this is Jazz Fest-like by comparison these days. WWOZ 90.7 FM will be broadcasting live for those who can't attend. Sponsors include Southern Comfort, Abita Brewing Company, Community Coffee, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation, White Oak Productions, Home Team Productions, Michael Murphy Productions, WWOZ, JamBase.com and the Louisiana Music Export Office. The rain date is Sunday, Nov. 27. Free admission. — Walenter

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