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Tom McDermott
6 p.m. Thu., May 8
Pavilion of the Two Sisters, Botanical Garden at City Park, 483-9386

Composer and pianist Tom McDermott rarely fails to engage audiences with his mastery of a broad range of styles. McDermott can faithfully reproduce or totally deconstruct Storyville-style trad-jazz, piano, stride and boogie-woogie. He's also recorded extended explorations of Brazilian choro and French musette. Most recently, McDermott recorded an album of New Orleans standards and a few original compositions, Creole Nocturne , with cornetist Connie Jones. The pair's rapport managed to infuse even clunkers like "Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans" with freshness. McDermott performs in the breezy environs of City Park's Botanical Gardens. A wide variety of food and drink is available for purchase, including mint juleps. Tickets $6 adults, $2 children 5-12, children 4-under free. — Alison Fensterstock




Ann Savoy at Ogden After Hours
6 p.m.-8 p.m. Thu., May 8
Ogden Museum of Southern Art, 925 Camp St., 539-9600;

Cajun singer and multi-instrumentalist Ann Savoy (pictured, center) has her finger in many pies. Best known for her longtime project with husband Marc Savoy and Cajun fiddler par excellence Michael Doucet, the Savoy Doucet Cajun Band, she also plays alongside her sons (including the Pine Leaf Boys' Wilson Savoy) in the Savoy Family Band and in the all-female group the Magnolia Sisters. Savoy is an accomplished Cajun music historian as well (she authored the history Cajun Music: A Reflection of a People ) and a Grammy-nominated record producer (the 2002 tribute to Cajun music, Evangeline Made ). Savoy also received a Grammy nomination for her 2005 collaboration with Linda Ronstadt, Adieu False Heart . Tickets $10, free to Ogden members. — Fensterstock




The Renew Review
8 p.m. Thu.-Sat., May 8-10; 6 p.m. Sun., May 11
Le Chat Noir, 715 St. Charles Ave., 581-5812;

Ricky Graham humbly suggests The Renew Review is the easiest show he's worked on. "We didn't need any writers," he says. "All you have to do is read the papers. Then shape it and make it rhyme." He and Sean Patterson took up the Rosie the Riveter-inspired "We have to do it ourselves" spirit of the city post-K and put together an homage to the trials, tribulations and bureaucracy that have hindered rebuilding. It starts with a Showboat -style number with a strolling barbershop quartet harmonizing in "Disappearing Ray." The musical comedy touches on everything from Ed "Czar from Afar" Blakely to Chocolate City to fighting for viewing space in Mid-City on the Endymion route. Graham and Patterson are joined onstage by Yvette Harris and Mandy Zirkenbach. Jefferson Turner provides musical accompaniment. The Mystic Krewe of Satyricon hosts a preview show on Thursday night. Call 525-4498 for tickets to that show only. Tickets $32 (includes $5 drink credit). — Will Coviello




Antenna Inn CD-release party
10 p.m. Sat., May 10
Tipitina's, 501 Napoleon Ave., 895-8477;

That the new iteration of Antenna Inn has built a sturdy reputation as New Orleans' best live rock band despite having zero records to its credit is no great disconnect. It seemed a fruitless task anyway, trying to contain all the energy and idiosyncrasy of the group's breathless congregations on a 5-inch piece of plastic — the acts require nine players, a truckload of instruments and a stage bigger than most French Quarter apartments. Happily, Do/Work , a studio sampler of those sets' highest-octane fuel, loses little in translation. The EP has one great song — leadoff track "Ernest Borgnine," a bona fide jazz/rock epic that doubles as a seven-minute lesson in build-and-release syncopation — and five very good ones. Admittedly dippy lyrics and at times thin vocals do nothing to diminish the crackerjack musicianship on display: dueling drum kits vie for rhythmic supremacy; kingly horns bow to curtsying keyboards; and snowy, doubled-up vibraphone solos fall together perfectly like a shuffling deck of cards. Fay Wray and Big Rock Candy Mountain open. Tickets $8. — Noah Bonaparte Pais


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