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WEDNESDAY

Contrary to the beaded red feather headdress he sports, Big Chief Monk Boudreaux is not a Native American. He’s a New Orleans Mardi Gras Indian: an African-American who shows off his homemade costume every year when he struts with his tribe, the Golden Eagles, and wails “second line” R&B and Caribbean-rooted call-and-response chants. On Bury the Hatchet, Monk teams up with Swedish-born, Crescent City-based guitarist/vocalist Anders Osborne and his band, which includes the Dirty Dozen’s former sousaphonist, Kirk Joseph. Osborne’s a bar-band vet, a fan of Big Easy funk, and a songwriter for Nashville artists. On this disc he tries (sometimes a little too hard) to incorporate all of these influences. Osborne’s version of CSNY’s “Ohio” is forgettable, but when he lets the Chief whoop on cuts like “Dive in the Gumbo,” the two offer a brand of one-of-a-kind syncopation and carefree, slang-filled vocals that can be found only in Louisiana—and tonight at 8:30 p.m. at the State Theatre, 220 N. Washington St., Falls Church. $13. (703) 237-0300. (Steve Kiviat)