Monday, February 8
Kermit Ruffins and the BBQ Swingers
Catch the living jazz legend, Rebirth Brass Band founder, and occasional Treme actor, with his traditional five-piece band, the BBQ Swingers, gives you an authentic taste of Mardi Gras music, before returning to hisnative New Orleans to face the aftermath of the holiday; 8 p.m. & 10:30 p.m., $20-$35; Blue Note, 131 West 3rd Street (6th Avenue), West Village; 212-475-8592
, bluenote.net [repeats Tuesday, January 9 & Wednesday, February 10].
Tuesday, February 9
George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic
The ever-eclectic Clinton and his funky collective bring plenty of their smooth swagger to the stage, for the fourth-annual "Funky Fat Tuesday" celebration, with opener DJ Tillery James (Art-A-Funk). Expect kind beats and stanky clouds of smoke to fill the room!; 8 p.m., 6 p.m. doors, $40-$75; B.B. King Blue's Club, 327 West 42nd Street (between 7th & 8th Avenues), Manhattan; 212-997-4144
Tuesday, February 9
The Beach Boys
If Wilco can't lure you out to Brooklyn, maybe the Beach Boys can! Don Ho your best Hawaiian shirt for some "Fun, Fun, Fun" from Mike Love, still fronting for the surf-rock band. Beach bums Brian Wilson, Al Jardine and David Marks will not be appearing; 8 p.m., $36-$66; Kings Theatre, 1027 Flatbush Avenue (Tilden Avenue), Brooklyn; 718-856-5464, kingstheatre.com.
Wednesday, February 10
amfAR's New York Gala
If you won your Super Bowl pool, and have a couple thousand bills to burn, get yourself a ticket to Kenneth Cole's posh fundraiser for the American Foundation for AIDS Research, to hobnob with the who's whoamongst the fashion and philanthropic elite, kicking off New York fashion Week; 6:30 p.m., $2,000; Cipriani Wall Street, 55 Wall Street (William Street), Manhattan; amfar.org.
Urban Oasis Fashion Tour of the Garment Industry
This three-hour tour gives fashion lovers a behind the scenes look at the fashion industry with stops at fabric stores, production facilities, and the places where designers go for inspiration. Tour guides customize this Garment District trek based on clients’ specific interests, so if there’s something you’ve always wanted to know, speak up.
Friday at 10:00 AM and 11:00 AM
Saturday at 10:00 AM and 11:00 AM