MUSIC—Formerly the star trombonist for New Orleans' famed Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Big Sam Williams struck out on his own to form Big Sam's Funky Nation—a freaking POWERHOUSE of horn-driven funk who owe as much to Parliament-Funkadelic as they do to classic Orleans jazz. Don't come near unless you're ready to shake it and sweat it. WSH
w/Farnell Newton's Rose City Horns; Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi, 9 pm, $15-18

FILM—David Lynch's Blue Velvet is some dark shit. It's beautiful, yet deeply, deeply disturbing. Some have called it "dangerous." At the Mercury, we like to call it "wonderful." If you've never seen it, get yourself to the Hollywood to watch Dennis Hopper play the creepiest scumbag to ever flicker on a movie screen. You'll get to hear him scream the word "fuck" exactly one billion times. CF
Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy, Wed & Thurs 9:30 pm, $6-8