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Adding rap to zydeco may seem odd to some, but to young black musicians such as Lil’ Brian & the Zydeco Travelers, it makes perfect sense. In the ’60s, Clifton Chenier adapted techniques used by Muddy Waters, Fats Domino, and Otis Redding. So in the ’90s this Houston quintet does the same with James Brown, George Clinton, and the Fugees on its sophomore effort, Z-Funk. And since its musicianship is so precise, this H-Town crew never overwhelms its Creole core. Lil’ Brian sets the tone with alternately poignant or pumping accordion work and soulful or boasted vocals, and the band follows—flavoring two-steps with chank-a-chank rubboard and guitar, groovy party funk with fatback bottom, and R&B with strong harmonies. At 8 p.m. at Twist & Shout, 4800 Auburn Ave., Bethesda. $10. (301) 652-3383. (Steve Kiviat)