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Friday, July 31
Marcia Ball

When it comes to regional styles, no city, state or territory can compare to the roadhouse fun of New Orleans music, an artform that Marcia Ball sticks to like religion. Born in 1949 in Orange, in way East Texas, Ball hopped over the Louisiana border in her childhood and never looked back. From her debut solo album Circuit Queen in ’78 to her sixteenth, The Tattooed Lady and The Alligator Man, Ball has mastered the boogie-woogie piano approach in the tradition of Fats Domino and the studious Professor Longhair. Her new record The Tattooed Lady finds Ball on Alligator Records repping her swamp-jump with a touch of zydeco rhythm, having lost none of the polish over almost forty years of career wear. In fact, her stories have gained only verve and precision over the years. Like the all-seeing house pianist in a seedy New Orleans juke joint, her narrators know the dirty truths of the in-song characters trafficking in vice. $17-$70, 8pm, Sam’s Burger Joint, 330 E. Grayson St., (210) 223-2830

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