The third anniversary of Hurricane Katrina’s devastation of New Orleans is this Friday, and in those three years we have seen every stripe of tribute to the lives lost, but few exhibited the gravity and grace of Terrence Blanchard’s 2007 album A Tale of God’s Will (A Requiem for Katrina). The Grammy-winning New Orleans trumpeter pits his anguish against a barrage of conga drums and swims in a flood of sumptuous strings, each note punctuated with anger, loss and most importantly, hope. Blanchard, along with the Thelonious Monk Institute Septet, will be inaugurating the Listening Room, the Art’s Council’s series of free jazz concerts being held at the Lyceum Dean on Third Street across from the Shaw Center. To reserve seats, call the Arts Council at 344-8558.
Also on Friday, as We Landed on the Moon! debuts some material from their new CD These Little Wars, long-running Baton Rouge act Bones plays their final Baton Rouge show. For over a decade now, Bones has taken their salacious songbook through the paces, casting them as blues, funk and garage rock, bringing out the raunchiest in each style. Mike Dillon’s Go Go Jungle brings the hyper-percussive funk to Chelsea’s and Grammy-winning Terri Hendrix (she co-wrote Dixie Chicks’ 2003 Best Country Instrumental “Lil Jack Slade”) performs with Nashville legend Lloyd Maines at the Red Dragon.
Oh, and Ratt is at the Texas Club on Tuesday. I went ’round and ’round with this news item and can’t find anything more to say about it.