Bluesman Tab Benoit
doesnt play down-in-the-dumps, stick-a-gun-in-your-mouth music. But you wouldnt blame him if he did. The New Orleans native watched Katrina wash away his hometown a couple years ago. (Hes even featured in the IMAX documentary, Hurricane on the Bayou.) On his new album, Power of the Pontchartrain, Benoit celebrates the Big Easys swamp country, stuffing the discs grooves with accordion-spiced riffs and rhythms. There are a few angry moments -- like the finger-pointing, Cajun-spiced cover of Buffalo Springfields For What Its Worth. But most of the time, Benoit kicks back, brushes trouble aside, and gives his guitar a stellar workout.
Fri., Aug. 24, 8 p.m.