July 23, 1990 |
In a splendid twin accordion blowout at Bogart's on Friday evening, Orange County's Chris Gaffney and Louisiana's C.J. Chenier each squeezed so many hot notes out of their instruments that it's a wonder they didn't squeeze them dry. There was some fine, satisfying music making going on.
July 25, 1991 |
Blue Monday promoter Michael Kaufer has been bringing just about everybody who is anybody in zydeco music to Ventura County over the past few months. Wayne Toups was here, then Nathan Williams and noJ. Chenier is on the way to headline this week's Blue Monday presentation at Alexander's in Ventura. Chenier is the son of the king, the legendary Clifton Chenier. The senior Chenier wore a crown onstage and helped popularize zydeco music--he even coined the z-word.
May 31, 1996 |
Each year during the week of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, the Crescent City's combo bowling alley/music club Mid City Lanes holds zydeco showdowns, with two accordionists--perhaps a revered veteran such as Boozoo Chavis and a young Turk such as Beau Jocques--leading their bands in alternating sets as they vie for the "championship" of the rousing Louisiana Creole music. It's all in good fun, of course.
May 31, 1991 |
In addition to the first Southern California performance by veteran Creole fiddler Canray Fontenot, the fifth annual Cajun & Zydeco Festival this weekend will feature contemporary Cajun group Michael Doucet & Beausoleil, zydeco's C.J. Chenier & the Red Hot Louisiana Band, Cajun-rocker Wayne Toups & ZydeCajun and others. Promoter Franklin Zawacki said that accordionist Toups, who closes the daylong music, dance and food festival at 6 p.m.
August 2, 2001
Big Ass Truck, "The Rig," Terminus Bilal, "First Born Second," Interscope Buellton, "Avenue of the Flags," Film Guerrero C.J.
June 3, 1993 |
The seventh annual Southern California Cajun & Zydeco Festival will again bring a mix of established and lesser-known Louisiana musicians to Rainbow Lagoon in Long Beach on Saturday and Sunday. Topping the lineup will be C.J. Chenier & the Red Hot Louisiana Band, John Delafose & the Eunice Playboys and Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys, all of whom are making return appearances. Festival first-timers include Sheryl Cormier and the Iguanas.