The mention of Scurvy brings to mind images of pirates with bleeding gums and limited access to fresh fruit. The New York City–based band that has taken Scurvy as its moniker, however, is imbuing the word with a slightly more pleasant meaning. Scurvy’s music combines that of the ubiquitous jam bands you mistakenly saw all the time in college and the experimental free jazz you later learned to love; the result is steady Latin beats that give way to improvisational freakouts. This interplay between structure and chaos can occasionally be a tough pill to swallow, but it’s certainly better than a fatal deficiency in vitamin C. Scurvy performs with the Cutest Puppy in the World, Chic Nerve, and Janet & Anthony at 9:30 p.m. at the Red and the Black, 1212 H St. NE. $8. (202) 399-3201.