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Bluesman Tab Benoit doesn’t play down-in-the-dumps, stick-a-gun-in-your-mouth music. But you wouldn’t blame him if he did. The New Orleans native watched Katrina wash away his hometown a couple years ago. (He’s even featured in the IMAX documentary, Hurricane on the Bayou.) On his new album, Power of the Pontchartrain, Benoit celebrates the Big Easy’s swamp country, stuffing the disc’s grooves with accordion-spiced riffs and rhythms. There are a few angry moments -- like the finger-pointing, Cajun-spiced cover of Buffalo Springfield’s “For What It’s Worth.” But most of the time, Benoit kicks back, brushes trouble aside, and gives his guitar a stellar workout.
Fri., Aug. 24, 8 p.m.

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