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Little Richard
8 p.m. Sat., Jan. 26
Boomtown Casino, 4132 Peters Road, Harvey, 366-7711

Rock 'n' roll used to be dangerous and unpredictable. One of its inventors is still that way. Little Richard does not perform the same way ever. He might bang out gospel tunes or he might preen around the stage like a royal peacock. He's outrageous and unpredictable but always entertaining. Back in the '50s, Little Richard came to New Orleans from Macon, Ga., like a flamboyant, big-haired, wild-eyed alien who sang and pounded the piano like a nuclear bomb. He recorded tunes such as "Tutti Frutti," "Long Tall Sally," "Ready Teddy," "The Girl Can't Help It" and "Lucille" with an amazing backing band of New Orleans musicians at J&M Studios on the edge of the French Quarter. These recordings are possibly the best recordings anyone has ever made. Even today, they explode out of your speakers or ear buds. Let's hope that's one thing about Little Richard that never changes. $35 — David Kunian




Eric Lindell CD-release Party
9 p.m. Fri., Jan. 25
One Eyed Jacks, 615 Toulouse St., 569-8361;

Eric Lindell's sunny blend of rhythm and blues, swamp pop, funk and soul intersects with classic rock just shy of the Steve Miller Band mark — unhurried, bluesy and laid-back, like the soundtrack for a nap in a hammock in the sun. With your cowboy hat shielding your eyes, natch. The New Orleans transplant, often compared to '70s-era Van Morrison for his fresh blue-eyed soul sound, enlisted top local talent like Stanton Moore and Ivan Neville for Change in the Weather , his 2006 Alligator Records debut, and received an avalanche of critical acclaim. His sophomore effort, Low on Cash, Rich in Love , is more of the same — rich, emotion-drenched vocals laid atop classic, lazy soul grooves that, though spanking new, sound positively mellowed with age. Tickets $12 in advance, $15 at the door. — Alison Fensterstock




Radiators 30th Anniversary
10 p.m. Fri.-Sat., Jan. 25-26
Tipitina's, 501 Napoleon Ave., 895-TIPS;

Though they didn't technically form at Tipitina's, the Radiators seem like they should have. So it's only fitting to celebrate their three decades together at the club with which they share an official birth year, not to mention where they evolved through many, many house-rocking gigs. The freewheeling roots-rockers have been churning out the bluesy barroom rhythms that make them New Orleans' quintessential rock band for as long as it takes your average person to grow up and get a real job, and they show no signs of stopping. The past few years have seen them maintain as rigorous a tour schedule as ever, and last year, they put out their first studio album on their very own label, Radz Records. Gym Neighbors open Friday night; on Saturday, it's the tight and funky rock outfit Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes, which releases its new CD The Big Awesome early this week. Tickets $15. — Fensterstock



2 p.m. Sun., Jan. 27
French Quarter, 522-0239;

There was a time when all a dog really needed was a bone. That was before the Krewe of Barkus formed. Now canines dress up like Jackie O, dine at Galatoire's and strut through the French Quarter in costumes. Join the pack on Sunday, as Barkus goes for a big walk with the theme "Indiana Bones: Raiders of the Lost Bark." The "pawty" starts at 10:30 a.m. in Armstrong Park. Krewe royalty, top dogs and their human escorts lead the parade into the French Quarter for a 15-block jaunt at 2 p.m. The procession enters on St. Ann Street and passes in front of the reviewing stand at Good Friends Bar, where TV personalities Angela Hill and Margaret Orr greet the krewe. The parade route loops around the center of the district before returning to the park. Past parades have featured rolling disco dance-floor floats for the "Saturday Bite Fever" parade and other clever themes like "Joan of Bark," "Welcome to the Flea Market," "Tails of the Bitch and Famous" and "Jurassic Bark." The krewe was founded by Thomas Wood and a group of friends in 1992. It is a nonprofit organization open to all dogs and their owners. Proceeds from registration fees and fundraising activities benefit animal welfare groups like the Humane Society of Louisiana and the Southern Animal Foundation. Membership and registration for a dog and human escort is $40 until Jan. 23, $50 at the parade, $8 for each additional human escort. — Kate Mooney


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