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Laura Musselman
Hootenanny For a Healthy Gulf, with Duff McKagan, Mike McCready, Pete Droge, Shawn Smith, the Fastbacks, Rachel Flotard, Star Anna, Mark Pickerel, Kim

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Tonight: Hootenanny for a Healthy Gulf at the Moore, Cyndi Lauper at Woodland Park

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Laura Musselman
Hootenanny For a Healthy Gulf, with Duff McKagan, Mike McCready, Pete Droge, Shawn Smith, the Fastbacks, Rachel Flotard, Star Anna, Mark Pickerel, Kim Virant, Justin Davis, Tim DiJulio, Chris & Rick Friel, Rebeqa Rivers, Jeff Rouse, Ty Bailie, Kristen Ward, Gary Westlake, Rusty Willoughby. Moore Theatre, 1932 Second Ave., 877-784-4849. 7:30 p.m. $25. All ages. About six months ago, a few weeks after the earthquake in Haiti, STG honcho Debra Heesch and Ashley O'Conner (the wife of Pearl Jam's Mike McCready) stepped up to organize the Hootenanny For Haiti at the Showbox at the Market. Featuring McCready, myself, Star Anna, and Mark Pickerel, and others, the Hoot was quickly organized by and sold out even faster. It can be a big headache to corral a bunch of artists into the same cause and venue for a single performance. I think it says something about this city's arts community that all of these musicians will actually drop everything, not only for an important cause, but also for the chance to play with each other. Deb and Ashley are back in action for Thursday's Hootenanny For A Healthy Gulf at the Moore Theater. Artists this time around? Mike McCready, Pete Droge, Shawn Smith, the original Fastbacks, Rachel Flotard, and many others, including myself. DUFF MCKAGAN

Cyndi Lauper, with Charlie Musselwhite. Woodland Park Zoo, 601 N. 59th St., 548-2500. 5 p.m. $32. All ages. Like pizza, unexpected tax refunds, and sunny days in winter, it's impossible to not like Cyndi Lauper. In the '80s she came off like Madonna's wacky, kinda dorky, and completely adorable cousin; she symbolized "girl power" long before the Spice Girls ever thought of it, and sang her heart out on "Time After Time" and "True Colors" - two of the best songs recorded during the Reagan era. In the '90s and '00s she branched out into critically acclaimed soul, roots, and adult-contemporary sounds and became a hero in the LGBT community for her tireless activism. Refusing to be categorized as some sort of '80s throwback artist, Lauper's most recent album, Memphis Blues, is a legit blues platter full of sweat and passion. See - girls wanna have fun, but they also wanna go down to the crossroads! MICHAEL ALAN GOLDBERG
 
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