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The Ardoin Family has played (and still plays) a crucial role in the development and success of the traditional Louisiana musical genres now known as zydeco and Cajun. Amédé Ardoin made one of the earliest Creole recordings, 86-year-old Bois Sec has been performing internationally for decades, and two of Bois Sec’s grandchildren, Chris and Sean, lead acclaimed zydeco bands. Tonight, Bois Sec’s son Morris returns to town with his accordion, accompanied by Dennis Stroughmatt on fiddle and D.C.’s Doug Bell on guitar. Morris—unlike his nephews—is not interested in the modern, rocking backbeat of zydeco. Instead, he works the African- and Acadian-roots music and wailing French vocal melodies of traditional Ardoin two-step, blues, and waltz. Morris Ardoin and his band play at 9 p.m. at Half Moon BBQ, 8235 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring. $10. (301) 585-1290. (Steve Kiviat)