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Our introduction to them was not auspicious: They backed a dissolute Eric Burdon on the incoherent 1970 hit, “Spill the Wine.” But War wisely ditched the aging Animal and, led by Lee Oskar’s distinctive harmonica, quickly returned to the charts, enlivening most of that decade with their singular Latin funk. We can also credit War with one of the great movie-title sequences for the use of “Low Rider” in Cheech & Chong’s Up in Smoke. Oskar left, in part to produce a line of signature harps, and the band did slip into obscurity for a while. But the repertoire remains rich and deep, the world is still a ghetto, and the Cisco Kid is still a friend of mine. At 8 p.m. at the Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U St. NW. $24.50-32.50. (202) 328-6000. (Dave Nuttycombe)