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The seventh Voodoo Music Experience will be held over Halloween weekend (Oct. 29-30) at City Park in New Orleans, two miles from the city's famed French Quarter. The event's lineup will be announced in June. Last year's festival was held earlier in October and featured performances by the Pixies, Green Day, the Beastie Boys and Velvet Revolver, among others.

For more information, visit the event's official Web site.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

OzomatliThe newest House of Blues outlet will open its doors in May with an impressive week of live music in San Diego. The club's stage will be inaugurated May 11 by the Wailers and del Sol, followed the next night by George Clinton, two nights of Ozomatli (May 13-14), a show by the Australia's John Butler Trio on May 15 and the return of Dishwalla on May 16.

The club has also lined up a May 21 performance by the Blues Brothers & Friends, featuring Dan Aykroyd and Jim Belushi as part of a grand opening celebration, a pair of June shows with Bad Religion and two early July shows by Jaguares. Tickets for all confirmed shows are already on sale to members at and go on sale Friday (March 25) to the general public.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.

JoniJoni Mitchell continues to reshape the context in which her music is presented with a second retrospective, "Songs of a Prairie Girl," due April 26 via Warner Strategic Marketing. The first, "Dreamland," was released last fall and debuted at No. 177 on The Billboard 200.

"This collection of songs and photographs is my contribution to Saskatchewan's Centennial celebrations," Mitchell says, referring to the Canadian province from which she hails. "I recommend that you get yourself a hot beverage and stand by the heater as you listen to these musical tales of long, cold winters with a hint of short but glorious summers."

Like "Dreamland," the material on the "Prairie Girl" was handpicked by Mitchell, who worked closely with the label to design the package. Among such selections as "Ray's Dad's Cadillac" and "Raised on Robbery" is a new mix of the song "Paprika Plains" from her 1977 album "Don Juan's Reckless Daughter."

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.