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Once asked what was next on the program, Maceo Parker’s long-time partner James Brown replied, “I don’t know, but whatever I play, it’s got to be funky.” Fishbone’s stage performances may be a bit outlandish, but they are probably more inventive and entertaining than frighteningly funky. And while you may work up a sweat trying to “shake everything you’ve got” to a Parker jam, his brand of music is still “2 percent jazz,” as he calls it. The modern definition of funk can’t be cut-and-dried; the current eclectic phenomenon ranges from the hyperkinetic ska flavor of Fishbone to the sheer soul power of Parker’s horn. The two will come together to redefine funk once again for the “Second Annual Funk Music Festival.” With Five Fingers of Funk at 8 p.m. at the Capitol Ballroom, 1015 Half St. SE. $22-25. (202) 554-1500. (Neil Drumming)