seven things to do in seven days Son Volt Wed. April 17 | Overshadowed by Jeff Tweedy and Wilco, Jay Farrar — Uncle Tupelo’s first breakout and primary driver — has quietly continued down his graceful country backroads, spinning rough-hewn waltzes about jail-cell heartbreaks, winning the hearts and minds of the No Depression faithful. March’s Honky Tonk is his seventh album as Son Volt. At the Parish at House of Blues. PAGE 36. James McMurtry Wed. April 17 | Larry McMurtry’s son has pursued his own American agenda, penning song stories in Southern-rock parlance that rail against political corruption and corporate greed. His last studio recording, 2008’s Just Us Kids (Lightning Rod), provided the definitive epitaph for George W. Bush’s presidency, “Cheney’s Toy.” Jonny Burke opens at One Eyed Jacks. PAGE 36.
Al “Carnival Time” Johnson CD release Fri. April 19 | Al “Carnival Time” Johnson releases his first CD, Beyond Carnival, which includes old favorites and new songs. Johnson is joined by Big Al Carson, Waylon Thibodeaux and others at The Howlin’ Wolf. PAGE 36.
Million Dollar Quartet | The Tony-winning musical recreates a
1956 session at Memphis’ Sun Records in which Sam Phillips got Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis together in the studio. The show features “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Going On,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” “Hound Dog,” “Fever” and other hits. At Mahalia Jackson Theater. PAGE 47.
8 Sun. April 21 | Oscar-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black (Milk, J. Edgar) attends a staged reading of his play about California’s Proposition 8, the law banning same-sex marriage, which is before the Supreme Court. Black attends a VIP reception. At the Civic Theatre. PAGE 47. Big Easy Music Awards Mon. April 22 | The Big Easy Music Awards honor Entertainer of the Year Anders Osborne, Lifetime Achievement Award recipients The Meters and winners in 24 categories, including top album and male and female performers of 2012. There are performances by nominees. At Harrah’s New Orleans. PAGE 49.
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Los Po-Boy-Citos album release Thu. April 18 | New Orleans purveyors of boogaloo and Latin soul, Los Po-BoyCitos release Hasta. Jon Gros and Tom McDermott, who appear on the album, sit in with the band at d.b.a. PAGE 36.
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