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Let Bobby Inside Your Head

In past shows, Crow has twisted arrangements a bit to favor her vastly improved voice and to fend off boredom. So don't be surprised if "Leaving Las Vegas" blasts forth with a bit more soulful vigor than its mechanical studio version, or "Run Baby Run" lodges firmly in the middle of your throat the way all great torch songs should, or the aforementioned "All I Wanna Do" begins as a lazy acoustic rant before it inevitably returns to its old bland self. At Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, with the Rembrandts and Dishwalla, 8 p.m. Friday, September 1. 629-3700. (Hobart Rowland)

Johnnie Johnson -- Credit where credit is due, with interest. That's what's been coming Johnnie Johnson's way the last few years. "Influential" is a considerable understatement in his case -- imagine living in a much duller parallel universe, where in 1952 a hard-rockin' St. Louis pianist didn't hire a guitarist named Chuck Berry, who wrote a tune called "Johnny B. Goode" to thank his benefactor. Johnson's been a key behind-the-scenes player in rock ever since -- his staunchest fans include the likes of Keith Richards and Eric Clapton, and his recent recordings feature everyone from the Kentucky Headhunters to Buddy Guy, Phoebe Snow and John Sebastian. Johnson doesn't just play rollicking boogie-woogie rock and roll piano, he invented the noise, and the world has been a much better place ever since. Johnson will be jamming with our own Bert Wills and band; Houstonian Linda Turek opens. At the Fabulous Satellite Lounge, 3916 Washington Avenue, 9:30 p.m. Friday, September 1. 869-

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