Bach Around the Clock XI

7:30 p.m. Fri., March 28-midnight Sat., March 29

Trinity Episcopal Church, 1315 Jackson Ave., 525-8661; www.trinitynola.com

What started 11 years ago as a 24-hour tribute to Johann Sebastian Bach has since evolved into an all-encompassing musical, literary and spiritual exposition including everything from rock and hip-hop to readings from Shakespeare, dance, juggling and yoga. Participating musicians include Delfeayo Marsalis, Victor Atkins, Tony Dagradi, Susan Cowsill, Romanian pianist Lucian Zidaru, classical musicians, Trinity's Yellowdog Prophet Choir, vocalists, local gospel choirs, jazz bands, a tuba ensemble and many other groups. Albinas Prizgintas (pictured) will play all of the composer's major organ work on Trinity Church's 5000-pipe organ, piano or harpsichord. Manon Prizgintas and Albinas originally created the Trinity Artists Series to bring people together to share music's soothing qualities. Bach Around the Clock celebrates the organist and composer's birthday — this will be his 323rd — in a more joyous and freeform manner. The marathon of festivities lasts 29 hours and incorporates artists from all genres of music, performing arts and even martial arts. Participants are welcome to watch, join in and express themselves. Free admission. — Spencer Marr




The Dirtbombs

10 p.m. Sat., March 29

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

Detroit's punk-rock soul patrol is back and taking no prisoners. Frontman Mick Collins, an alumnus of the seminal garage-blues band the Gories, formed the band in the mid-'90s out of a shifting cast of local rockers (the band has worked through more than a dozen lineups) as a singles-only band, though the label In the Red Records eventually convinced them to start committing full-length projects to wax. The stellar 2001 release Electraglide in Black , an explosive collection of fiery vintage soul covers, is probably the group's best-known release, and it earned the band a jump in national recognition. Besides a 2005 two-disc singles compilation, the 2003 follow-up to Electraglide — the fuzzy, pop-friendly Dangerous Magical Noise — was its last release until We Have You Surrounded , which dropped this month. The album shows the band operating at a martial level of intensity, with Collins' white-hot, soul-man vocals cutting through a squall of punk rock anarchy, full of distortion, feedback and screeching guitar. Notably, an album highlight is the track "Leopard Man at C&A," with lyrics by the eccentric comics industry legend Alan Moore. Kelley Stoltz and Memphis' True Sons of Thunder open. Tickets $10 in advance, $12 at the door. — Alison Fensterstock




One Man Machine CD-Release Party feat. Rob Mazurek

10 p.m. Sat., March 29

Dragon's Den, 435 Esplanade Ave.

One Man Machine (aka local art-rocker Bernard Pearce) and Rob Mazurek (aka international jazz-master extraordinaire) have a longer history than this one-off pairing might suggest. Pearce cites Mazurek as a major influence on his music and recalls an indelible 1998 concert by the former Tortoise collaborator after which Pearce and his ex-wife conceived their first child. Indeed, whiffs of Mazurek's cornet-blown heat waves and syncopated tempos waft throughout Get My Sound (One Percent Press), One Man Machine's debut release. Outside of its titular highpoint — a walkabout rump-shaker that marries guttural TV On The Radio vocals to a half-speed Bootsy Collins hook — the album is largely abstract, with most tracks ditching pop structures in favor of fuzzy, diffuse textures. But the combination of Pearce's unhinged stage antics, Mazurek's godlike presence and backing help from members of the Athens, Ga., spaz band Dark Meat is sure to send the live set into the stratosphere. Mazurek also performs a weeklong residency around town; see music listings for complete schedule. Tickets $10 (includes CD and food from Orient Dong Phuong Restaurant). — Noah Bonaparte Pais




Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival

Wed.-Sun. March 26-29

French Quarter; www.tennesseewilliams.net

The Stanley and Stella Shouting Contest (pictured) has always been one of the more entertaining events at the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival. A new American Idol -styled talent contest debuts at the festival this year. Contestants in "Tennessee's Got Talent" will perform scenes from Williams' work for celebrity judges, including the panel's Simon Cowell, Rex Reed. The Tennessee Williams side of the festival leaves no aspect of the playwright's life unexamined. There are performances of his rare work Camino Real (see p. 49), plays about him and panel discussions on all aspects of his career and personal relationships. The literary conference side of the festival includes talks by authors in genres from poetry and memoir to historical fiction and travel writing. There are seminars on how to work with editors and how to choose an agent. Politics, music and food also find their place in the schedule. Esquire food writer John Mariani will host a fireside chat about wine. Chef John Besh will talk about fresh foods and farming. Spencer Bohren will discuss roots music. And several novelists and journalists will address politics as the Democratic primary continues and the fall elections loom on the horizon. Writers appearing at the festival include playwright Terrence McNally, Claire Cook ( Must Love Dogs ), Lee Smith ( The Last Girls , On Agate Hill ), Tom Sancton, Jason Berry, Rick Barton, Hal Crowther and many more. See the Web site for full schedule and details. — Will Coviello