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For Al Green addicts such as myself, “The Memphis Sound” could only mean the smoldering groove of the Hi Records rhythm section, led by the Hodges brothers, Teenie, Charles, and Leroy: In fact, “TMS” was the motto stamped on those glorious ’70s hits that are now resurfacing on the soundtracks of ’90s gangsta flicks (new jack swing, indeed). But for many, Sun Records will forever define Memphis music, and for good reason: Drummer D.J. Fontana, bassman Bill Black (later a Hi band leader), and guitarist Scotty Moore forged the backbeat rhythm that turned the Presley boy loose on the world. “The Memphis Sound: First Generation Rock ‘n’ Roll” features Fontana in performance with such other Sun survivors as Sonny Burgess, whose ’59 rave-up “Sadie’s Back in Town” is every bit as wild as vintage Jerry Lee; Stan Kessler, studio bassist and songwriter (and later, the producer of Sam the Sham’s life-affirming “Wooly Bully”); and Sleepy LaBeef, the 6-foot-9-inch rockabilly giant who was the only performer left on Sun’s roster when Sam Phillips sold the label. Jeff Little joins them at 7:30 p.m. at the Museum of Natural History’s Baird Auditorium, 10th & Constitution Ave. NW. $27. (202) 357-3030. (Eddie Dean)