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The twisted history of funk is perhaps fraught with higher highs and lower lows than any other musical genre, from George Clinton and Maceo Parker to brown-chicken-brown-cow porn licks and inoculated jam bands. In New Orleans, where Earl Palmer gets credit for coining the term, the standard-bearer of classic funk isn't a musician at all: Melissa Weber, aka DJ Soul Sister, whose all-night, rare-groove dance parties are like pagan rituals to the downbeat. Weber's semiannual Right On '80s Dance Party siphons from the latter half of her voluminous crate collection, when pregnant bass lines, vamping synths, autopilot drum kits and a shirtless, pre-symbolic Prince ruled the day. Joining Weber as a special headliner is her self-professed favorite DJ, Damon Riddick, a Los Angeleno and one-time Master P keyboardist who, as Dâm-Funk, has cultivated a retro-modern-dance dance revolution. The 2009 debut Toeachizown (Stones Throw) is a surface-scratching double-LP primer of his Funkmosphere residency, superlative instrumental space jams spanning the death of disco to the birth of G-funk, both a soft-rocker's and a gangsta-rapper's delight. DJs Brice Nice and Otto open. Tickets $10. — Noah Bonaparte Pais

Dec. 17

DJ Soul Sister's Right On '80s Dance Party with Dam-Funk

10 p.m. Friday

One Eyed Jacks, 615 Toulouse St., 569-8361; www.oneeyedjacks.net

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