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In the ’60s and ’70s, New Orleans songwriter, arranger, pianist, and producer Allen Toussaint was involved in creating a number of propulsive R&B cuts, including “Mother-In-Law” for Ernie K-Doe, “Lipstick Traces” for Benny Spellman, “Ride Your Pony” for Lee Dorsey, and “Right Place, Wrong Time” for Dr. John. While Connected, Toussaint’s first full album in 17 years, is dominated by hotel-lounge dross, it includes just enough magnificent “second line” funk and lush Ray Charlesy piano ballads to prove that the 59-year-old isn’t over the hill yet. Toussaint’s “New Orleans Rhythm Revue” will also feature sets from his longtime tenor saxman Amadee Castanell and Bobby “Blue” Blandlike vocalist Wallace Johnson, both of whom have released new Toussaint-produced discs. At 8 p.m. at the Birchmere, 3901 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. $15. (703) 549-5919. (Steve Kiviat)