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Texas outfit Brave Combo may rock “Who Stole the Kishka,” but this is no typical polka outfit. Since forming 25 years ago and promptly embarking on a tour of mental institutions, this eccentric group has become better known for its renditions of songs as diverse as “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida,” “O Holy Night,” “The Hustle,” and “In the Mood.” Recently, the Combo even did an album of classical standards including “The William Tell Overture” and “Swan Lake.” Led by guitarist, accordionist, and vocalist Carl Finch, Brave Combo has specialized in transforming pretty much any genre of tune into polkas—also cha-chas, tangos, sambas, punk rock, or disco. Fond of dance-floor tempos ranging from schmaltzy-slow right up to shake-that-thang, the Combo is the ultimate multiculti wedding-cum-bar-mitzvah unit. Though Finch & Co. certainly work the novelty aspect of their act, Finch’s clever arrangements and the band’s fine rhythm and horn sections make for more than simple kitsch. Brave Combo plays at 8 p.m. at Blob’s Park, 8024 Blob’s Park Road, Jessup. $12. (410) 799-0155. (Steve Kiviat)