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9 don't miss acts for Thursday, April 29


Classie Ballou & the Family Band 12:20 p.m., Blues Tent

Blues and zydeco legend Classie Ballou first hit the airwaves more than 50 years ago when he played guitar on Boozoo Chavis' classic zydeco hit "Paper in My Shoe." Since then, Ballou has led a successful solo career and now performs with his multigenerational Family Band.

Paulin Brothers Brass Band 12:35 p.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage

Uniformed in traditional brass band garb — black pants and shoes, white shirt, tie and band cap — the Paulin Brothers maintain the legacy of their father, celebrated jazz musician Ernest "Doc" Paulin.

Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk 1:20 p.m., Acura Stage

With his musical roots firmly planted in the Neville Brothers' legacy, keyboardist Ivan Neville churns out his own brand of funk. An impressive group of musicians round out the band, including guitarist Ian Neville, bass players Tony Hall and Nick Daniels and drummer Raymond Weber.

Dr. Klaw 3 p.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage

Soulive guitarist Eric Krasno is joined by Ian Neville, Big Sam Williams, Adam Deitch and Nick Daniels in this funk outfit.

Shannon Powell's Organ Combo featuring Charlie Gabriel, David Torkanowsky, Peter Bernstein and Roland Guerin 3:05 p.m., WWOZ Jazz Tent

Drummer Shannon Powell leads this collaboration of jazz musicians including pianist David Torkanowsky and bassist Roland Guerin.

Steve Martin with the Steep Canyon Rangers 3:35 p.m., Gentilly Stage

Add critically acclaimed banjo player to the list of Steve Martin's A-list professions, which include Grammy and Emmy Award-winning actor, comedian and author. His first bluegrass album, The Crow: New Songs for the Five-String Banjo, was released in 2009. Martin is joined by acoustic quintet Steep Canyon Rangers.

101 Runners 4:25 p.m., Jazz & Heritage Stage

This New Orleans ensemble performs hybrid Mardi Gras Indian/funk music. Led by Big Chief Monk Boudreaux of the Golden Eagles and War Chief Juan Pardo of the Golden Commanches, this musical tribe released 101 in April. Musicians include drummer Willie Green, guitarist June Yamagishi, African percussionist Boubacaar Cissiko and others.

Elvis Costello and the Sugarcanes 5:30 p.m., Gentilly Stage

The iconic British musician's 2009 album, Secret, Profane and Sugarcane, reminds the astute listener of his 1980s country music stint. His latest album, recorded over a 72-hour period, is a collaboration of Nashville bluegrass acoustic musicians, whom he named the Sugarcanes.

Bobby Lonero, Johnny Pennino & the New Orleans Express Tribute to Louis Prima 5:45 p.m., Economy Hall Tent

This group of New Orleans musicians pay homage to native son and swing king Louis Prima.

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