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Louie Fest featuring the Black Lips


"It's because there's no reason New Orleans needs or should have another festival. They'll have a festival for a street, a park or a neighborhood, so why not one for me?" So says local rock 'n' roll personality King Louie Bankston on the rationale for this week's four-day Louie Fest " which celebrates, albeit tongue-in-cheekly, his decadelong ubiquity in the underground punk rock scene of the Southeast. Headlining the week is Atlanta's Black Lips (pictured), whose psychedelic garage rock will be supported by the hardscrabble Southern riffage of Louie's own Black Rose Band Friday night (10 p.m., One Eyed Jacks, 615 Toulouse St., 569-8361; Guitar Lightnin' Lee's R&B guitar, the country crooning of Kitty Lynn, and the Happy Talk Band kick off the festival Wednesday night (10 p.m., Melvin's, 2112 St. Claude Ave., 944-0088), followed by a rough-edged garage-blues bill Thursday (10 p.m., d.b.a., 678 Frenchmen St., 942-3731; that includes Memphis' Jack Oblivian, Jimbo Mathus and Mike Hurtt and his Haunted Hearts, among others. A somber note is added with a pair of dedications: Sunday afternoon's NoizeFest tribute (noon, the Candle Factory, N. Roberston Street at Japonica Street), featuring Ray Bong, the Buoyant Sea and a re-enactment of Moore's own Jambox Pyramid, is in memory of Keith Moore, who was murdered in 2007; Saturday night's metal show (10 p.m., Hi-Ho Lounge, 2239 St. Claude Ave., 945-HIHO), with Hawg Jaw, Haarp and Evil Army, is a tribute to Glen Rambo, the Soilent Green vocalist who died during Hurricane Katrina. Sunday night's show (10 p.m., Saturn Bar, 3067 St. Claude Ave., 949-7532) is a mixed bag, with the '60s rock of the Royal Pendletons, the fuzzy punk of Die Rotzz, and the psychedelic drone of Bipolaroid. Tickets $10 per show, free admission Sunday afternoon. — Alison Fensterstock

Wed.-Sun., Feb. 20-24

Various venues


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