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For my 13th birthday, my hipster aunt took me to my first concert: the J. Geils Band on its Freeze Frame tour. While most concertgoers get a T-shirt (check) and a program (ditto), I got an even better souvenir: The J. Geils Band recorded the concert and later released it as Showtime, the group’s third live record. Seventeen years later, I can relive “Jus’ Can’t Stop Me” and “Love Stinks” just as they happened (though “Piss on the Wall” was, sadly, left off the album). A La Carte Brass & Percussion will record its third album tonight, and fans of the group’s vibrant mixture of New Orleans jazz and pulsating Latin percussion can crowd around State of the Union’s intimate stage and hope to inspire the 11 musicians. Twenty years from now, you won’t be sorry you went. With special guests rapper Priest Da Nomad and Little Feat singer Shaun Murphy at 8 & 10 p.m. at State of the Union, 1357 U St. NW. $10. For reservations call (202) 387-8895. (CP)