Hailing from South Alabama and spending more than a decade in New Orleans, revered singer-songwriter Grayson Capps has found listeners the world over enthralled by his stinging tales of the Southern Gothic.

In his own words, he explains: “I write songs which have the voice of dead prophets masquerading as town drunks screaming ‘look at us we’re pretty, too!’ ”

Ogden Museum of Southern Art, 925 Camp St., 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday. Free for members; $10 at the door for others. For information, call (504) 539-9600.


For her 13th album, “Coming Out Swingin’,” Candye Kane swings, rocks, sings the blues and adds swamp pop and New Orleans rhythm-and-blues-inspired songs to her southern California-cooked gumbo. Kane performs at 8 p.m. Thursday at Chickie Wah Wah, 2828 Canal St., Mid-City. Call (504) 304-4714.


NOPD and COPS 2 host a life celebration and benefit for the family of New Orleans Police Officer Rodney Thomas, who was killed in a hit-and-run accident. Music, food and open bar are included in the cost of admission. $40. Thursday, 7 p.m., at Tipitina’s, 501 Napoleon Ave., (504) 895-8477.


Poetry and oysters

J’s Seafood in the French Market will have both from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, 1100 N. Peters St. Raw oysters will be 50 cents each and charbroiled oysters will be $1 each. Bring a bottle of your favorite drink and listen to poets while you eat. For information, call (504) 251-0113 or (504) 307-9969.