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WEDNESDAY

One of the names now sounds like a punch line; the other sounds like a superstar. I’m talking James Brown and Chuck Brown. To those of us who didn’t witness his peak, the Godfather of Soul is associated with bad press (“Turns out James Brown’s love can do you some harm,” snarked E!Online when his wife charged him with battery) and some freaky rumors that make the “I Feel Good” laxative commercial even more disturbing. D.C.’s own Brown, on the other hand, created go-go and duetted with sainted diva Eva Cassidy: What more could local boosters ask? Go deeper, though, and you’ll find two remarkable musical talents whose background in blues, jazz, and rock makes their pairing more than a novelty act. What you’ll get, assuming these two 70-plus-ers are having a good night and James isn’t in the pokey: bedroom beats, brass and vocal wailing, and lots of hands in the air. Sample the work of two heavily sampled artists when James Brown and Chuck Brown & The Soul Searchers play with Braille at 7 p.m. at the 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. $55. (202) 397-7328. (Pamela Murray Winters)