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Naughty Professor, The Heard


New Orleans group Naughty Professor leaves the Big Easy just as Mardi Gras comes to a close. The band takes the stage at Live Wire on Saturday as part of its five-day tour of the South. The instrumental, acid-jazz six-piece boasts an impressive brass section and an ever-fluctuating time signature; heavy funk and light improvisation are standard fare, as evidenced on 2013’s Until the Next Time. In the same vein, Chicago outfit The Heard plays a horn-heavy and funk-driven set of instrumental music. This lineup of sultry bayou jazz would have sounded at home in a 1920s speakeasy, but we’re glad it’s happening in Athens in 2015.

8 p.m. $10. livewireathens.com