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    Original Pinettes Brass Band, Betty Harris

    Even closing in on 80, Betty Harris retains a booming, emotive voice. The Florida-born singer issued stellar soul sides throughout the Sixties, her molasses-slow cover of Solomon Burke’s “Cry to Me” cracking the Top 10 of the R&B charts in 1963. A prolific four-year run with producer Allen Toussaint and subsequent departure from music earned her the title “Lost Queen of New Orleans Soul” despite never living in the Big Easy. In fact, she didn’t like it there. After a contentious 1965 session where she beefed with Irma Thomas (“I didn’t know who Irma was at that time, but she had a lot of mouth”), Harris worked one-on-one with Toussaint, flying in to lay vocals over tracks the late hitmaker pre-recorded with a rhythm section that became the Meters. “Your first experience is going into Bell Sound Studios in New York and everything is tip-top, first class,” she recalled last Sunday from her home in Connecticut. “Then you get to New Orleans and here’s a barn with nothing in it. I understand what they were doing now, but back then I didn’t. It was kind of dreary.” The sound proved different as well, particularly the blistering funk of 1969’s “There’s a Break in the Road,” complete with screeching guitar feedback and fatback drums. “I couldn’t figure out if Allen had lost his mind or what! I was totally shocked when I heard it the first time. I couldn’t figure the drums out. I thought, ‘What are they smoking?!’ “But the song carries itself and still does today. If you slow it way down, that’s the most funkiest song you’d ever want to hear.”
    Sat., March 31, 10pm
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    Urban Music Fest w/ Johnny Gill, Dave Hollister, ZAPP

    For the second day of Urban Fest’s 13th iteration there will be bedroom lamentations from D.C. Casanova Johnny Gill, Blackstreet soloist Dave Hollister, and 40-year-old G-funk precursors Zapp.
    Sat., March 31
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    Chris Smither

    Folk sage, 73, just released first new original tunes in six years, Call Me Lucky.
    Sat., March 31, 8pm
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    Cradle of Filth, Jinjer, Uncured

    Another outsize extremity at Eastside slaughterhouse C&TIL stakes Suffolk vampires Cradle of Filth. Closing in on two decades that span black metal beginnings to the symphonic prog of last year’s 11th studio disc since 1994, Cryptoriana – The Seductiveness of Decay, the UK leather goths stage Phantom of the Opera-style metal theatrics. Ukrainian metalcore act Jinjer, lead by Tatiana Shmaylyuk, and NYC’s Uncured support.
    Sat., March 31, 6:30pm
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    Nikki Hill, Donovan Keith, Redd Volkaert

    Nikki Hill reveals her North Carolina roots in sultry blues lamentations and soul-baring gospel that incorporates Fifties rock & roll, Sixties Motown, and Seventies boogie-oogie. On 2013 debut Here’s Nikki Hill and 2015 follow-up Heavy Hearts, Hard Fists, she’s a powerhouse singer booming a country snarl (“Mama Wouldn’t Like It”), woman-scorned grit (“Right on the Brink”), and slinky reggae (“Who Were You Thinking Of?”).
    Sat., March 31, 3:30pm
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    Nils Lofgren

    A half-century later, Nils Lofgren remains best known as a guitar slinger to the stars (Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young). Yet his catalog oozes sly, pop-wise rock, from teen kicks in Grin to mid-period gems “No Mercy” and “Keith Don’t Go.” Given such a sustaining history, plus his guitar virtuosity and well-preserved reedy voice, expect a show that defines longevity.
    Sat., March 31, 7pm
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