Talib Kweli, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Naked Orchestra

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Who says it’s the middle of the summer slow season in New Orleans.  It’s a Tuesday and there are three very good options for hearing live music.  At the House of Blues, conscious rapper Talib Kweli turns on the energy in the main room while the revivalists in the Carolina Chocolate Drops play old time Appalachian music in the Parish.  For music that more outside the mainstream but is bound to engage your mind, check out Jonathan Freilich (pictured) and his big band, the Naked Orchestra at Snug Harbor.  His group is stocked with the cream of the local crop of improvising jazz talent.

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