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A better singer than he is a businessman, Eric “Shoutin’” Sheridan has appeared countless times over the last 11 years with various versions of his band, the Uptown Rhythm Kings, but he’s only now releasing his second long-player, Live Show. Recorded in January 1995 at the now-defunct Fleetwood’s, this disc captures what D.C. swing dancers and jump-blues fans have long known—Sheridan’s late ’40s/early ’50s-style belting and his horn-led combo’s honking rowdiness are more than nostalgia-act trappings. In a manner analogous to that of fellow 40-ish African-American singer Barrence Whitfield, Sheridan performs energetic renditions of boomin’ cuts by the likes of Roy Milton and Ike Turner, explicating the historical origins and ongoing vitality of R&B-based reelin’ and rockin’ better than any ’90s Black Rock Coalition outfit. With Colorado’s Hillbilly Hellcats at 9 p.m. at Twist & Shout, 4800 Auburn Ave., Bethesda. $7. (301) 652-3383. (Steve Kiviat)