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Groovesect with Uganda Roberts 

Groovesect has only been around for a little over a year, but it has already made a few friends in high places. Fred Wesley, the soul-trombone man best known for his work in James Brown's JB Horns, will appear on its debut album, which drops this fall. This past spring, the band was lucky enough to snag Alfred "Uganda" Roberts as a permanent member. The legendary percussionist has been a fixture in New Orleans since the '50s, sitting in with greats like drummer Smokey Johnson and bassist Chuck Badie and even providing jungle beats on the bongos for Chris Owens. Groovesect is likely to be a perfect complement for his conga polyrhythms. Groovesect's laid-back New Orleans funk owes a debt to the Meters' '70s street rhythms and Galactic's funk experiments, but it is infused with a heavy dose of cool, contemporary avant-jazz. Tickets $5. -- Alison Fensterstock

10 p.m. Thu., Aug. 23

Hi-Ho Lounge, 2239 St. Claude Ave., 945-HIHO

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