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Rooted in New Orleans’ Ninth Ward, the members of the Stooges Brass Band lost their homes and instruments to Hurricane Katrina. Once a fixture at Big Easy parades and funeral processions, as well as its annual Jazz Fest, this young combo is now using donated instruments to play its funky second-line rhythms on stages across America. If the band’s last disc, It’s About Time, is any indication, these guys will offer a take on the Crescent City’s sound that’s anything but staid. Fond of fast tempos, the group makes speedy cuts work with percussion that could wow a go-go fan: blaring horns and party-chant vocals on top of a snare, cymbal, and cowbell. Mixing things up, the outfit slows it down with swinging instrumental cuts that showcase melancholy trumpet, trombone, and sousaphone sonics. While the powers that be continue to dawdle on reviving their city, these survivors are keeping its culture alive. The Stooges Brass Band plays at 9 p.m. at Chick Hall’s Surf Club, 4711 Kenilworth Ave., Bladensburg. $12. (301) 927-6310. (Steve Kiviat)