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Many calypsonians long for the good old days, but the 69-year-old Mighty Sparrow is not one of them. Unlike some of his colleagues who gave up in disgust when the frenetic programmed beats of today’s Caribbean soca came into vogue, the man born Slinger Francisco decided to sing over a newer sound. With a voice like Sparrow’s, why not adapt? For decades, this Trinidadian has chanted in a singsong style, orated with exaggerated accents, and cackled like your crazy uncle. Sparrow also once offered lyrical support to a local politician, then later urged the same guy to “Get to Hell Outa Here.” Long before rappers were battling with verse, Sparrow was taking on his opponents through his music. In “Madam Dracula,” which was reportedly about another calypsonian’s wife, Sparrow snickered, “Frank Sinatra sing about she/Say, lady is a tramp.” Hear the Caribbean legend’s old-school verse and new-school sonics when Mighty Sparrow plays with Beres Hammond and Edwin Yearwood at 2 p.m. at Crossroads, 4103 Baltimore Ave., Bladensburg. $35. (301) 927-1056. (Steve Kiviat)