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Beau Jocque & the Zydeco Hi-Rollers’ fifth and finest longplayer Gonna Take You Downtown may include covers of such Louisiana standard-bearers as D.L. Menard and Clifton Chenier, but the disc is hardly a purist-traditionalist affair. While accordionist Jocque does love such material, he’s also a fan of James Brown, War, ZZ Top, Santana, and hiphop, all of which he has integrated into his band’s sound—successfully, for the most part. True, his guitarist’s boogie-fied blues-rock solos and Framptonesque talkbox utterances rarely work, sounding especially contrived on an overlong take on Dylan’s “Knocking on Heaven’s Door,” but on the other tracks, tasteful contributions from the rest of the group overwhelm the axman’s cliches. Jocque’s growling lead vocals and kinetic squeezebox riffing, the deep, head-nodding groove of his drummer, bassist, and organist, his rubboard player’s flourishes, and the band’s party-time call-and-response combine wonderfully, most notably on the “special aromatic dance mix” of “Make It Stank.” At xxx p.m. at Twist & Shout, 4800 Auburn Ave., Bethesda. $xxx. (301) 652-3383. (Steve Kiviat)