We've got your weekend
THURSDAY / Naming rights: What if Hurricane Katrina were a Kevin, or a Kyle, or a Kedrick? The Louisiana State Museum presents Tulane University Ph.D. Candidate in History Liz Skilton in a poised and clever look at the development of the gendered naming system for tropical storms and hurricanes and how it shapes expressions of popular culture. “Katrina Was No Lady: Gender, Hurricanes, and Popular Culture” is part of the Museum's ongoing “Coastal Conversations” series. The talk is free and open to the public. Refreshments by the Friends of the Cabildo. 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. at The Presbytère, located along Jackson Square adjacent to St. Louis Cathedral.
THURSDAY / Americana idols: As a Hurray for the Riff Raff Facebook fan commented, “Sounds like a show made in heaven.” Alabama Shakes, Hurray for the Riff Raff, and Sam Doores & the Tumbleweeds, three young Southern bands with an age-old soulful sound, play One Eyed Jacks Thursday. Any of these bands alone is worth going out to see, so show the Athens, AL headliners some southern hospitality as singer Brittany Howard wails and belts and hollers some gorgeous tunes and local gems Hurray for the Riff Raff and Sam Doores & The Tumbleweeds bless Nola's ears. Live Music Blog: NOLA taps this one as its music pick-of-the-weekend, explaining, "The Alabama Shakes’ path to instant notoriety in recent weeks represents the good, old-fashioned story of a Southern band coming seemingly out of nowhere to captivate the nation with their organic, inspired sound." 7 p.m., One Eyed Jacks, 615 Toulouse St. Tickets are $10.
FRIDAY / Lung power: It sounds like InthekNOwla.com, a team of young, local entrepreneurs, will blow the roof off with "Heritage: A Brass Band Celebration benefiting Trumpets NOT Guns." Hot 8 Brass Band, Free Agents Brass Band, The Original Pinettes Brass Band, To Be Continued Brass Band, Baby Boyz Brass Band, and Glen David Andrews will all play under one roof —12 Bar on Fulton -- to benefit local cause Trumpets NOT Guns. Founded by Lisa and John Grillot with the support of local musician and celebrity spokesman Glen David Andrews, Trumpets NOT Guns raises money musically to provide local New Orleans youth with trumpets and other musical instruments in an effort to keep them out of the violence of the city. That's music to our ears! Treme actor Tony Frederick will host, with music by Definition DJ Chris Stylez, and a harmony of local raffle prizes. Friday, January 20, 2012 from 8 p.m. - 1 a.m., 12 Bar on Fulton Street (608 Fulton St.). Tickets $12 in advance online and $15 at the door. Tickets are limited, and advance purchase is highly recommended.
SATURDAY / Free jazz: Louisiana Music Factory is an up-for-sale encyclopedia of jazz, funk, blues, soul, bluegrass, swing, Dixieland, big band, zydeco ... you get the idea. Locals stock up and lucky tourists land on a gold mine in the French Quarter store. If their collection is not enough to lure, the store presents several free performances a month. During Saturday's eclectic lineup, catch pop-and-soul-mix mademoiselle Daria Dzurik at 2pm; sultry jazz singer Kristina Morales at 3 p.m.; and classic rock and blues singer/songwriter H.G. Breland at 4 p.m.. Louisiana Music Factory, 210 Decatur St. in the French Quarter.
Georgia Kennedy writes about New Orleans happenings for NolaVie.