Runnin’ with The Funky Dawgz. From UConn to N’awlins to Madison Square Garden and Europe, a group of marching band musicians plays the big time and pays it forward. BY DAVE LOWRIE.I n today’s era of post-modern pop and made-for-tween mash-ups (Maroon 5 and Cardi B? Really?), how comforting to hear real wind instruments played with a soulful twist. The Funky Dawgz Brass Band dusts off traditional “second-line” flavor. They’ve gone from hard-working yet fun-loving music students at UConn to international stage sensations. If you haven’t seen them yet, don’t miss their next show May 23 at the intimate Ridgefield Playhouse and consider yourself a shaking leg up on your hipster friends. And if you’re lucky enough to catch the start of any of their shows, from New Orleans to New England, trust that you will hear them coming.