Rosie Ledet & the Zydeco Playboys

9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25

Mid City Lanes Rock 'N' Bowl, 4133 S. Carrollton Ave., 482-3133; www.

For a woman who would have nothing to do with zydeco music until she was 16, despite being surrounded by it growing up out in Church Point, Rosie Ledet sure keeps making up for lost time. "The Zydeco Sweetheart" released her eighth album in 11 years with Pick it Up (Maison de Soul), which was released in mid-August and consequently may not have landed on many New Orleans zydeco fans' radars. While she has always been noted for her husky, sultry alto vocals and her teasing lyrics (don't even get me started about "My Joy Box"), Ledet has more recently earned greater respect for her improved single-row accordion playing technique. The Zydeco Playboys are a family affair, featuring her husband and manager, Morris, on bass, her father, Lanice, on the rubboard and nephew, Lukey, on drums. Let's hope she warms up the Rock 'N' Bowl dance floor with some of her popular, Mardi Gras-inspired tunes from previous releases. Tickets $10. — David Lee Simmons



10 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25; 10 p.m. Monday, Feb. 27

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

If Mardi Gras celebrations often turn into all-night affairs, we can't think of a better band to take revelers into the wee hours than our very own Galactic. This consummate funk-rock outfit (or is it rock-funk?) has been traversing the nation recently on its "Coup de Gras Tour," with Monk Boudreaux & the Golden Eagles (featured in this week's cover story), the Stooges Brass Band and the Rebirth Brass Band serving as opening acts. For this split-up, two-night stand at Tipitina's — a Mardi Gras tradition unto itself — Galactic will be preceded first by the Stooges and then by the New Orleans Klezmer All-Stars. Standing still, then, is not an option. Ben Ellman, Jeffrey Raines, Stanton Moore, Rich Vogel and Robert Mercurio have found a new groove since co-vocalist Theryl d'Clouet split from the band awhile back, and the result is a more focused, cohesive sound as Galactic passed its 10th anniversary together. The band's working on a new release featuring collaborations with DJs. Tickets $20. — Simmons


Quintron & Miss Pussycat, with Peaches

11 p.m. Monday, February 27

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

What a pairing: the organ-grinding mad scientist Quintron and his partner in crime Miss Pussycat meet the famed, dirty-mouthed Jewish princess of electronic dance music, Peaches. Is it culture clash, or just electroclash? P and Q's latest album, Swamp Tech , missed out on its due fanfare, as it was released during the hurricane evacuation, but it's definitely worth a listen. Swamp Tech is Quintron's rawest, most rocking offering since 1997's Plays 9 Songs With the Oblivians . The 10 tracks utilize his familiar Ninth Ward laboratory blend of beeps and blips, but with an altogether darker, more menacing, soul-and-funk vibe. "Chatterbox" is the perfect growling, blues-influenced soundtrack for a road trip to Mars, and "Dream Captains," taken from the soundtrack of the short puppet film included on the CD, is bubbly, scary late-1960s psychedelia. Peaches is out on tour ready to follow up the success of her brazen releases, The Teaches of Peaches (2000)and 2003's Fatherf—ker — both of which put her trademark nastiness and club-diva rapping on full display. A can't miss hipster Lundi Gras affair. — Alison Fensterstock and David Lee Simmons


Sex Workers Art Show

7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22

Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center, 1724 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., 525-2767 or 352-1150; or

Zeitgeist hosts the New Orleans' leg of the fourth annual Sex Workers Art Show tour, founded by cultural activist and artist Annie Oakley nine years ago in Olympia, Wash. Her goal remains the same: to present a wide range of perspectives from a diverse selection of sex-industry workers in order to demystify the work and shatter the public's uninformed perceptions and stereotypes about the people who choose to work in the field and why. The sexy cabaret-style show includes music, burlesque, spoken word, live webcam, film and multimedia performance art. The tour also includes a visual-arts display. This year's lineup features revered queer/bisexual writer and spoken-word-tour curator Michelle Tea, filmmaker and artist Bridget Irish, multimedia performance artist Ana Voog, Canadian performance artist, writer and activist Tralala Farsi Sentiamo, sex-worker-rights activist and artist Teresa Dulce, musician and public activist Juba Kalamka, New York-based conceptual choreographer and burlesque performer Julie Atlas Muz (pictured), San Francisco-based activist, prostitute and artist Scarlot Harlot, and Simone de la Getto, founder of the United States' first all-black burlesque troupe. Annie Oakley's traveling show, however, doesn't try to glorify the sex industry, but rather seeks to give insights into the good and the ugly. Her ultimate belief is that regardless of what professions people choose for themselves, they all have a right to respect and safety — you know, those things most of us take for granted and call "worker's rights." Prepare to be titillated and enlightened. For audiences 18-up. Tickets $12. — Katie Walenter