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At the age of 5, Clarence Spady treated his kindergarten classmates to a set of James Brown and B.B. King songs strummed on his pop’s guitar. Thirty years later Spady’s repertoire still includes both funky backbeats and 12-bar odes. Surprisingly, however, on his recently reissued debut, Nature of the Beast, it’s not this Scranton, Pa., native’s technically proficient axwork that is inspiring. Instead, it’s his cogent arrangements of both covers and originals, which beautifully showcase his testifying vocals and the sultry, jazz-tinged work of his sax player and Hammond organist. At 9 p.m. at Phantasmagoria, 11319 Elkin St., Wheaton. $8. (301) 949-8886. (Steve Kiviat)