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The Trio featuring Johnny Vidacovich, George Porter Jr. and guests 

The simply-named Trio -- featuring Johnny Vidacovich (pictured) on drums, George Porter Jr. on bass and June Yamagishi on guitar -- as a regular appearance around town has always gotten the kind of reviews from showgoers that are more facial expressions and noises than actual words. Putting those three mighty powers of funk, blues and soul together on one stage is only part of the magic. Vidacovich, Porter and Yamagishi's chops have won them a lot of friends over the years, and their "special guests" onstage always feature some of the biggest talents and even the biggest names in local music. Yamagishi wails, Vidacovich pounds and Porter provides the throbbing, funky backbone for some of the most soaring and surprising jams that could happen, structured around everything from fusion jazz to Meters classics to '50s style New Orleans R&B. A Trio show at this time of year is like Jazz Fest in January. Tickets $7. -- Alison Fensterstock

10 p.m. Thu., Jan. 18

Maple Leaf, 8316 Oak St., 866-9359

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