Since charming her way onto the charts with sly interpretations of nuggets like "Midnight at the Oasis" and Danny and Blue Lu Barker's lascivious "Don't You Feel My Leg," Maria Muldaur has only gotten better. Lo these many eons later, her voice has deepened and acquired more texture while her repertoire has expanded exponentially along with her ability to uniquely render a tune. On a string of superb albums stretching back decades, she has covered jazz, gospel, blues, and the myriad sounds of Louisiana in addition to paying tribute to Peggy Lee, Charles Brown, and Bob Dylan. Her latest is a remarkable and timely concept album focused on a progressive agenda of peace, understanding, and social justice. Taking its title from an Allen Toussaint song, Yes We Can! (Telarc) features a slew of A-list guests (including Bonnie Raitt, Phoebe Snow, Holly Near, Odetta, and Joan Baez), and a great band led by New Orleans pianist David Torkanowsky. There are three Dylan antiwar songs, including a chilling "Masters of War," a sparkling version of Marvin Gaye's "Inner City Blues," a funky Crescent City romp through Earl King's "Make a Better World," and a moving, slowed-down, and savored version of the Edwin Starr vehicle "War." $25 at 7 p.m.; $20 at 9:30 p.m.
Tuesdays, Wednesdays. Starts: Sept. 23. Continues through Sept. 24, 2008