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New Orleans Live Music Tonight: Weekend Forecast December 7-9, 2012

Hungry for live music… Look no further. Here’s OffBeat’s look at New Orleans’ top shows for this weekend, December 7-9, 2012…

Friday, December 7, 2012: Matt Lemmler featuring Robin Barnes, Rick Trolsen and Anders Osborne’s Holiday Spectacular (Night 1)

Who: Rick Trolsen
Where: Old Point Bar (map)
When: 5:00 p.m.
Why: Trombonist and master improviser Trolsen’s virtuosic forays and brassy grooves yield some of the zestiest jazz in the Crescent City today.
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Who: Matt Lemmler featuring Robin Barnes
Where: Carousel Bar at the Hotel Monteleone (map)
When: 5:00 p.m.
Why: Ace pianist Lemmler and budding songstress Barnes make for an eloquent pair at the newly remodeled Carousel Bar.
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Who: Anders Osborne‘s 1st Annual Holiday Spectacular (Night 1) featuring Luther Dickinson, John Gros, Lee Oskar and Marc Broussard, plus opener MyNameIsJohnMichael
Where: Tipitina’s (map)
When: 10:00 p.m.
Why: Guitar hero Osborne brings his buddies on board for what is sure to be one of the season’s most memorable nights.
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Saturday, December 8, 2012: The Mumbles, Ernie Vincent and Anders Osborne’s Holiday Spectacular (Night 2)

Who: The Mumbles
Where: Mojitos (map)
When: 12:30 p.m.
Why: Brooklyn transplants the Mumbles’ soulful, indie nuggets blur the lines between Dr. John and Steely Dan.
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Who: Ernie Vincent
Where: Banks Street Bar (map)
When: 3:00 p.m.
Why: Coming off of the release of his new album Louisiana Magic, soulman Ernie Vincent’s strut is as funky as it gets right now.
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Who: Anders Osborne‘s 1st Annual Holiday Spectacular (Night 2) Luther Dickinson, the Bonerama Horns, Lee Oskar, Shannon McNally and Stanton Moore, plus opener Billy Iuso & the Restless Natives
Where: Tipitina’s (map)
When: 10:00 p.m.
Why: With a formidable cast of allies joining him, Osborne wraps up night two of his Holiday Spectacular with jams aplenty.
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Sunday, December 9, 2012: Micah McKee, the Zion Harmonizers and Beth Patterson

Who: The Zion Harmonizers
Where: House of Blues (map)
When: 10:00 a.m.
Why: Simply put, the Zion Harmonizers’ gospel hymns will lift you up… and your soul will surely thank you.
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Who: Micah McKee & Little Maker
Where: Circle Bar (map)
When: 6:00 p.m.
Why: Songwriter McKee has a voice as powerful as an oak tree. With his latest project, Little Maker, he unearths stripped-down, alt-country gems.
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Who: Beth Patterson
Where: Kerry Irish Pub (map)
When: 8:00 p.m.
Why: The Bouzouki-wielding laureate Patterson’s Celtic-flavored melodies and humorous and heartfelt lyrics have made her one of the city’s longest-standing singer-songwriter and kept her among its most intriguing.
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