Royal Fingerbowl

9 p.m. Tue., July 1

One Eyed Jacks, 615 Toulouse St., 569-8361;

Chemistry results in wild and mystical concoctions. Putting different personalities together onstage and in the recording studio can lead to performances that each individual part would never accomplish alone. The individual members of the second lineup of Royal Fingerbowl have put out excellent, memorable music since they stopped playing together, but together, there is something that only this trio can do. Alex McMurray's songs never sound so alternately haunting, funny or playful as they do when they incorporate the steady, sympathetic pulse of Matt Perrine's bass and the shuffling accents of Carlo Nuccio's drums. There is the inebriated bravado of Tom Waits, the childlike, vaudevillian sense of Jim Henson's creations and the surreal weirdness that is unique to life in New Orleans. This show will take listeners back to the turn of the millennium when Royal Fingerbowl was the band to beat in New Orleans, and according to those who have heard its scattered reunion shows since then, it still is. Tickets $20 — David Kunian




Go 4th On the River

Noon-9:30 p.m. Friday, July 4

Mississippi Riverfront;

The banks of the Mississippi are the place to be on the Fourth of July when Go 4th on the River combines a day of free live music with a fireworks extravaganza launched from dueling barges (9 p.m.). Downtown attractions sponsor live music at Dutch Alley, the Aquarium of the Americas, Riverwalk Marketplace and Blaine Kern's Mardi Gras World, where the Bone Tone Brass band will lead a second-line parade to the levee to watch the fireworks. Performers include the New Orleans Concert Band, the Topcats and Rockin' Dopsie Jr. & The Zydeco Twisters. Many of the sponsors offer special discounts on the Fourth. See the Web site for details. Sponsors include Harrah's, the French Market, Jax Brewery, Steamboat Natchez, Paddlewheel, the Shops at Canal Place, Westin N.O. Canal Place, Drago's Seafood Restaurant, Pat O'Brien's at the River and others. — Allison Good




Shamarr Allen's Brass Band Birthday Bash

10 p.m. Fri., July 4

Tipitina's, 501 Napoleon Ave., 895-TIPS;

It's been a good year for Shamarr Allen. The former Rebirth Brass Band trumpeter dropped a well-received solo debut, Meet Me on Frenchmen Street , at the end of 2007, with an impressive supporting cast that included Kermit Ruffins, Dr. Michael White and star drummers Herlin Riley and Bob French — the latter of whom hailed Allen as "the new coming of his era." He also snapped up a 2008 Big Easy Award for Best Emerging Artist. On hand to get his birthday party started is fellow Rebirth alum Ruffins, plus a cavalacade of brass. The Stooges, the Free Agents, the Rebirth and the Hot 8 brass bands will show Shamarr some funked-up birthday love. Contemporary jazz impresario Irvin Mayfield and the up-and-coming local rapper Dee-1, with DJ Lonnie, share the bill. The voice of Q93.3 FM, DJ Wild Wayne, hosts the throwdown. Tickets $15. — Alison Fensterstock




Simeon and the Silver Apples

10 p.m. Wed., July 2

One Eyed Jacks, 615 Toulouse St., 569-8361;

During the Summer of Love, when hipsters around the world grooved to gentle psychedelia and folk, the New York duo Silver Apples — Simeon Coxe (pictured) and drummer Dan Taylor — were engineering the sound of the total destruction of pop music using a junk-shop goldmine of spare parts and cobbled-together instruments. Considered by many to be the father of electronic music, foreseeing everything from Suicide's no-wave deconstructionism to Kraftwerk's techno rock, Simeon — with a homemade synthesizer, various filters and effects pedals, radio parts and assorted other machine scraps — combined an industrial racket with sweet, trebly vocalizing that even 40 years later sounds as if it were beamed here from a distant star where robots party with little forest creatures. Simeon released two Silver Apples albums in 1968 and '69, and promptly slipped below the radar for nearly three decades, emerging in 1997 with Beacon , 13 original songs produced by legendary weirdo Steve Albini. In the early years of the new millennium, Simeon reunited with Taylor and the pair recorded and toured — including a gig at the Whitney Museum of American Art — until Taylor's death in 2005. Simeon continues to perform as the Silver Apples, including a satellite club gig at the 2005 Ponderosa Stomp in New Orleans. Opening the show are New Orleans' electronic experimentalists the Microshards providing dance beats and fuzz, and Chicago's dark, clanging noise-punk outfit Lotto Ball Show. Tickets $7. — Fensterstock