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MUSIC Snooks Eaglin's Birthday Bash 9 p.m. Fri., Jan. 25

Mid-City Lanes Rock 'N' Bowl, 4133 S. Carrollton Ave., 482-3133; At 72, New Orleans' human jukebox Snooks Eaglin can still rock a party until fans half his age are pressed to cry uncle. Eaglin, who lost his sight as an infant, received his first guitar at age five and has been playing the blues, ferociously, ever since. The former street singer can lay claim to the distinction of having been one of the first musicians to take direction from Allen Toussaint. He performed with the budding mastermind (as well as Ernie K-Doe) in the now-legendary Carrollton neighborhood band the Flamingoes, playing the first arrangements of a teenage Toussaint at clubs the band wasn't old enough to drink in. The stinging power of his unique guitar style has only increased over the years. Tickets $10. — Fensterstock MUSIC The Junior League 10 p.m. Fri., Jan. 25

The Big Top, 1638 Clio St., 569-2700; In a topsy-turvy city where sea level is up and the West Bank is down, should it be much of a surprise that pop music as a whole really isn't all that popular? Chalk it up to more charming New Orleans vertigo that an uncomplicated, Velcro-catchy indie pop band such as the Junior League could remain in relative obscurity while puppeteer punk rockers, knob-twiddling noiseniks and face-painted circus folk bask in the limelight. Ostensibly a one-passenger vehicle for Joe Adragna's (pictured) hooky, harmony-laced songcraft (live help is provided by the Myrtles' Lee Barbier on guitar, Clockwork Elvis' DC Harbold on bass and whichever uncommitted drummer happens to be in the house), the League also masquerades on occasion as its own opening act — namely the Missing Links, a wink-less Monkees cover band, of all things, which will indeed be the Junior League's steppin' stone at this particular Big Top gig. Tickets $5. — Noah Bonaparte Pais MUSIC Hannah Montana and Miley Cyrus Best Of Both Worlds Tour 4 p.m. Sat., Jan. 26

New Orleans Arena, 1501 Girod St., 587-3663 If it's technically a pathology, it sells well to the teens. The blond Disney Radio pop princess Hannah Montana and the feisty brunette average-girl Miley Cyrus are two personalities residing in one teenager. Cyrus is best known for playing herself and her other self on the Disney Channel sitcom Hannah Montana , and has, in the past two years, released two Billboard No. 1s: soundtrack music from the show and her own country/dance-pop studio debut. The tickets for the Hannah-meets-Miley concert experience (will the universe explode when the two halves meet?), currently the top-grossing tour of 2007, were sold through a complex lottery system (see entries for December 14, when tickets went on sale) that had parents scratching their heads and girding their loins for those just-in-time-for-Christmas ticket gifts. Roughly 14,000 lucky tweens will be the beneficiaries of their sacrifice. Tickets $24 and up. — Fensterstock MUSIC Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center 8 p.m. Mon., Jan. 28

Tulane University, Dixon Hall, 895-0690 The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center seems to believe that you can't have too much of a good thing. The group brings its entire roster of six stellar pianists to Dixon Hall in a remarkable program for chamber music lovers. "Pianos/Pianists: A Celebration of the Keyboard" includes pieces by Mozart, Mendelssohn, Fauré, Lutoslawki and Stravinksy. Arrangements are for four hands, either with dual pianos or two pianists at one piano. Chamber Music Society co-artistic director Wu Han is joined by Inon Barnatan, Gilbert Kalish, Anne-Marie McDermott, André-Michel Schub and Gilles Vonsattel. Han and Kalish will perform Stravinsky's epic The Rites of Spring . The Chamber Music Society is one of a dozen classical arts groups in residence at New York's Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. This performance is presented by the New Orleans Friends of Chamber Music. Tickets $20 adults, $10 students, free for Tulane students with ID. — Mooney


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