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B.B. Cunningham
6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thu., July 5
Ogden Museum of Southern Art, 925 Camp St., 539-9600;

10 p.m. Thu., July 5
Hi-Ho Lounge, 2239 St. Claude Ave., 945-HIHO

The nonprofit promoters the Mystic Knights of the Mau Mau delight in presenting the long-forgotten heroes of rock 'n' roll — the sidemen, underground legends and players whose sounds are recognized before their names, if either is at all. Cunningham came from a musically inclined Memphis family. His brother Bill was the original bassist for the Box Tops, of "The Letter" fame, and his father was an original Sun Records recording artist. As the lead vocalist and organ player for the garagey, pre-psychedelic '60s band the Hombres, Cunningham scored a Top 40 hit with "Let It All Hang Out" — a lazy, jangly nonsense-rocker from the same family as Chuck Berry's "Too Much Monkey Business" and Bob Dylan's "Subterranean Homesick Blues," produced by legendary Louisianian Huey Meaux. These days, he stays on the road playing bass with Jerry Lee Lewis' band. At the Ogden, Cunningham plays as part of the After Hours series with an interview by Dr. Ike Padnos, the Mau Mau ringleader. At the Hi-Ho, he's backed by a group of young locals from the garage-rock crowd, including the Black Rose Band's Dustin Crops on drums, Lefty Parker on bass and Guitar Lightnin' sideman Todd Matthews on guitar. — Alison Fensterstock


7:30 p.m. Thu.-Sat., July 5-7; 1:30 p.m. Sun., July 8; through July 21
Tulane University, McWilliams Hall, 865-5105;

Bravely going where few college summer reading lists and theater troupes have gone before, the Shakespeare Festival at Tulane tackles Coriolanus , one of the bard's lesser known tragedies, but one that packs plenty of fodder for timely political debates. Set in ancient Rome, the play explores power and arrogance, showing how pride can eventually lead to demise. Tensions are high between Rome's ruling and lower classes during a widespread famine. To assuage the unrest that ensues, the government allows the commoners to elect representatives to the Senate. This announcement invokes the distaste of Cauis Marcius (later Coriolanus) whose contempt for the plebeians is widely known. This comes back to haunt him after Marcius is successful in warding off the advances of a warring neighbor, earning him the name "Cauis Marcius Coriolanus," but he is ultimately denied the position of consul by his commoner opponents. Ongoing conflict eventually drives Coriolanus to exile, and the banished man is then confronted with the choice to either join forces with a former enemy, or to forsake his pride and accept his downfall. Ron Gural directs Antony Sandoval in the title role. Tickets $12.50 Thursday-Friday previews, $35 Saturday opening night and reception, pay-what-you-will Sunday. — Lauren LaBorde

St. Vincent
8 p.m. Mon., July 9
The Parish at House of Blues, 225 Decatur St., 310-4999;

Anyone familiar with Annie Clark's guitar parts — she's been both a stalwart cog of Sufjan Stevens' touring band and a sergeant in the Polyphonic Spree's Fragile Army — knows that the Dallas-based multi-instrumentalist prefers to shimmer rather than shred. While it might be hyperbole to call her the Ornette Coleman of female singer/songwriters, Clark's approach to her own music certainly appears to possess a free-jazz mentality. Her expressively moody St. Vincent debut, the July release Marry Me (Beggars Banquet), repeatedly swerves in unexpected directions. "Your Lips Are Red" builds a dissonant storm out of persistent drums, stabbing synthesizers and beat-poet vocals, while the altogether marvelous "Paris Is Burning" molds its classical acoustic intro into a haunting minor-key choir of carnivalesque atmospherics. Constant throughout the record is Clark's malleable soprano, which ranges from sultry chanteuse (smoky closer "What Me Worry") to wide-eyed child (on the buoyant "Jesus Saves, I Spend"). The British songstress Scout Niblett, whose early-2000s Secretly Canadian recordings established her as Clark's continental counterpart, opens. Tickets $10. — Noah Bonaparte Pais


Go 4th On the River
Noon to 9 p.m. Wed., July 4
Downtown Riverfront and Blaine Kern's Mardi Gras World, 233 Newton St., Algiers;

Head on down to the Mighty Mississippi for this year's Go 4th on the River, an only-in-New Orleans kind of Independence Day celebration. There is free live music on both banks and a must-see dueling barges fireworks show at 9 p.m. Before the big show, enjoy music at the French Market starting at noon, including C-4 with Lady Lynell and ElatP. Starting at 3 p.m., the stage at Spanish Plaza features Beatin Path, Louisiana Spice, Top Cats and the Molly Ringwalds. The New Orleans Concert Band plays at the Pavilion in Woldenberg Park before the show. On the West Bank, A DJ 4 U and the Bone Tone Brass Band provide music at Mardi Gras World starting at 5:30 p.m. and there's a second line to the levee for the fireworks. The 16th annual Go 4th on the River is presented by riverfront attractions and shops including Harrah's, the Aquarium, Blaine Kern's Mardi Gras World, Riverwalk Marketplace, Jax Brewery, the Shops at Canal Place, French Market, Hard Rock CafŽ, the Wyndham New Orleans and others. Free admission. — LaBorde


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