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Reggae fans know that one of the earliest recorded advertisements for the then-new musical style was fashioned by Frederick Nathaniel “Toots” Hibbert and his group, the Maytals, in 1968. That single, “Do the Reggay,” was more of a traditional rock-steady track, but the band broke reggae ground soon enough. Toots and the Maytals produced a slew of songs so energetic and influential (“Pressure Drop,” “Monkey Man”) that they would later be covered enthusiastically by reggae-flavored punks like the Clash and 2-Tone ska bands like the Specials. The Maytals formed in the early ’60s, at a time when Jamaican music was moving quicklyvia sound systemsfrom its root sources in folk music, rasta drumming, and American jazz and R&B into ska. The band made its first lasting impression in 1966, when it released the raw and dynamic single “54-46 That’s My Number,” about Toots’ jailing on a marijuana charge. That record kicked off nine years of uninterrupted success, which yielded albums such as 1973’s Funky Kingston (with its oddball cover of John Denver’s “Take Me Home, Country Roads”) and 1976’s Reggae Got Soul. The last 25 or so years of Maytals’ history are a bit more checkered, but a live recording of a 1998 concert, released as Live at Red Rocks, suggests that tonight’s show will be an enthusiastic run through the group’s greatest hits. Toots and the Maytals perform with Jah Works and Hipnotix at 8:45 p.m. Sunday, May 6, at the 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. $20. (202) 393-0930. (Richard Byrne)