The M&Ms

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These Ms are born of names, not candy nuggets: John Medeski, Papa Mali, Stanton Moore and Rob Mercurio, and they’re meant to melt your mind, not on your tongue. Essentially, they’re a supergroup—Medeski of Medeski, Martin & Wood fame; Mercurio and Moore hail from Galactic and Mali’s own 7 Walkers/Double Uptown Shotgun. They were pulled together by a superjam date at NYC’s Le Poisson Rouge almost a year ago, and it became pretty evident that fans would buy what they’re selling: plain ol’ funk, jazz funk, southern funk, catfish funk, funk of damn near every variety.

They’re undoubtedly tied to New Orleans. Papa Mali, especially, is an axe man who often works with the original members of the Grateful Dead (namely drummer Bill Kreutzmann) and hangs out and casually shreds at will at the Maple Leaf Bar. Meanwhile, one of Galactic’s seminal recordings is their live set at Tipitina’s down the street. There will be some extended improvisations tonight, no doubt, ones steeped in Louisiana voodoo and moonshine magic. Folks who get down with the Bonnaroos, Camp Biscos and moedowns, take heed: this jam sesh is right up your alley. This funk-jam genre has seen some similar personnel mix-ups with bands like Lettuce and Oysterhead, but you never know how long they’re going to last. Just a tour? A few records? These M&Ms will stay solid ‘cause they’ve got bigger fish to fry: your brain. // BILL CHENEVERT

8:30pm. $22-$25. With Swift Technique + No Sinner. Ardmore Music Hall, 23 E. Lancaster Ave. ardmoremusic.com

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Friday, May 16, 2014
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