Few musicians capture the spirit of New Orleans' piano and funk traditions like British expatriate JON CLEARY & THE ABSOLUTE MONSTER GENTLEMEN. In between touring as Bonnie Raitt's keyboardist, Cleary (pictured) lays down some of the funkiest keyboard grooves this side of Art Neville. And Professor Longhair. And Dr. John. For a podcast interview with Cleary, click here; for more on Jon Cleary, see this profile in New Orleans' Gambit Weekly. $15. 8 p.m. Smith's Olde Bar, 1578 Piedmont Ave. 404-875-1522. www.smithsoldebar.com. (David Lee Simmons)
JUNE 8 FRIDAY
Not ready to jump on the Ultimate Fighting bandwagon? Still don't feel right about watching two dudes whack each other senseless? Well, Wild Bill's in Duluth is most certainly not waiting on you. FIGHT NIGHT returns to the country-music dance club and concert hall for its ninth edition, and this time around former UFC Heavyweight Champion Andrei "the Pit Bull" Arlovski makes a special appearance. He'll gladly sign autographs, take pictures and beat the crap out of some folks in the ring. $25-$100. 6:30 p.m. 2075 Market St., Duluth. 404-249-6400. www.wildbillsatlanta.com. (Alejandro Leal)
JUNE 15 DECATUR BEACH PARTY Beach music and dancing, a children's boardwalk, a beach movie and wading pools on 60 tons of sand in Decatur Square. decaturdba.com.
June 15-16 WHEELBARROW SUMMER THEATRE FESTIVAL Includes a silent auction, family day, neo-soul/R&B music and a blues stage. www.reynoldstown.net.
JUNE 16 FINDLEY PLAZA ART FAIR Features an artist's market, a farmers market, live music and special dog contests. www.littlefivepoints.net.
JUNE 19 FOUNTAINS OF WAYNE plays the Variety Playhouse. www.variety-playhouse.com.