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Orquesta Aragon—conducted since the ’80s by violinist Rafael Lay Jr., who took the reins from his dad—has existed in one form or another since 1939. And though the Cuban group adds the occasional contemporary flourish (see “Cha Cuba” from En Route, which finds the band skillfully using hiphop to flavor the mostly tropical mix), it still relies on the trademark methodology it has honed for more than 60 years: By combining an insistent timbale and conga bottom underneath stately flute, strings, and vocal melodies, Orquesta Aragon manages to reach both the feet and the minds of its fans. The band plays at 8 p.m. at Zanzibar on the Waterfront, 700 Water St. SW. $25. (202) 554-9100. (Steve Kiviat)