7 p.m. Sunday
Harrah's New Orleans Casino, 4 Canal St., 483-3129; www.bestofneworleans.com
Dr. John and the Dirty Dozen will receive special recognition honors at the Big Easy Music Awards gala. Winners in 25 categories including best male and female performer and best album of 2008 also will be announced. The evening includes performances by many nominated artists, including Kermit Ruffins, Trombone Shorty, Theresa Andersson and many others. Tickets $100.