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Like any other musical genre, classic reggae produced performers who became legends and martyrs, like Bob Marley and Peter Tosh, as well as those who went on to become cab drivers, like early singer Dennis Alcapone. Of course, reggae has also sired a number of eternally touring dinosaurs. But that doesn’t mean that Desmond Dekker and the Aces are the Jamaican Deep Purple: Although it has been a quarter-century since “Israelites” and The Harder They Come soundtrack hit “007 (Shanty Town)” rocketed the group to reggae immortality and heavy rotation (right next to Marley’s Legend) in the record collections of every pasta-farian in America, Dekker can still get it if he really wants, musically speaking. Come down and see if he does. Checkered Cabs open at 8:30 p.m. at the Black Cat, 1831 14th St. NW. $10. (202) 667-7960. CP