May 29, 1989 |
It's always tempting to scour the horizons of any musical genre for future figureheads--especially when the old leader has stepped out of the spotlight. That's why any hot young metal band is met with a tag of "the next Zeppelin," reggae performers contend with the moniker of "the next Bob Marley" and singer-songwriters continue to face the onus of being tabbed "the next Dylan." In the world of zydeco--the enticing, rhythmically effervescent branch of Cajun music--the throne that belonged for years to Clifton Chenier remains vacant, though there is certainly no shortage of contenders for the crown.
May 30, 1997 |
Not long ago, a party was held for a group of visitors to Eunice, La., a small bayou town about 45 miles northwest of Lafayette. As the guests chowed down on jambalaya, gumbo and catfish, a group of local musicians representing both the Cajun and zydeco styles that were born in this French-speaking region gathered in a circle on folding chairs. With accordions, fiddles, guitars and their voices, they explored their common musical roots.
September 19, 1991 |
He looks like Eddie Murray--wait--maybe it is Eddie Murray just covering his bases in case the Dodgers don't do it. An accordion-playing Hall of Famer-to-be first baseman? No, it's really John Delafose, the latest in a wave of zydeco artists touring the 805 area code who leave in their wake a swarm of swooning and sweaty dancers.
April 10, 1996 |
To mark its 10th anniversary in Southern California, the annual Cajun-Zydeco Festival will offer a greatest-hits-like package of top acts in both fields, highlighted by return appearances by C.J. Chenier & the Red Hot Louisiana Band, Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys, Geno Delafose & French Rockin' Boogie and the Savoy-Doucet Cajun Band. The festival will take place June 1 and 2, once again at the Rainbow Lagoon downtown.
May 22, 1997 |
You don't have to wait till summer to get into the spirit of the season. The eighth annual Cajun Creole Festival happens this weekend in Simi Valley with the likes of Al Rapone & Bonne Musique Zydeco, Tony Delafose, Joe Simien, local rockers Acadiana and others. Call 520-4894 to find out more. The Ventura Theatre, under new management, has yet to announce any truly exciting gigs, and the renovations have taken longer than expected.
June 5, 1997 |
Old Creek Ranch Winery in Oak View, Leeward Winery in Ventura and the 6-month-old Giessinger Winery of Fillmore will be among the nearly 40 vintners setting up shop Sunday at Lake Casitas during the Ojai Wine Festival. The 11th annual tasting event, sponsored by the Ojai West Rotary, also will include a selection of microbrew beers and food provided by area chefs. Salsa Cove, Oceanside Caterers, the Gaslight Restaurant, Sea Fresh Seafood and the Garden Terrace will be among those in attendance.
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August 6, 1999 |
On tap for Saturday: the Women of Cafe Voltaire, a musical celebration featuring several of the ladies who frequently grace the stage at the popular Ventura venue. Actually, it's the Women of Voltaire and Marty, but more on that later. At least eight acts will participate in owner Todd Winokur's latest promotion, which will begin Saturday afternoon.
September 10, 1992 |
"What's so 'San Diego' about the San Diego Street Scene?" The question, recently posed by a transplant perusing a brochure about this weekend's Street Scene '92 (formerly the Michelob Street Scene), at first seemed facetious or even mean-spirited. But, if the query dredged up that sense of cultural inferiority local natives learn to suppress, it also challenged one to define a significant attribute of San Diego that is too easily taken for granted.
June 2, 1997 |
There's a lot to debate today in Cajun and zydeco music, and just about all of those things were showcased at Saturday's opening day of the weekend's 11th annual Long Beach Cajun & Zydeco Festival. Purism vs. progress? There was D.L. Menard's acoustic, back-porch approach to Cajun traditions going up against Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys' use of those roots as a launching pad for forays into rock 'n' roll, jump-boogie blues and western swing. The urbanization of zydeco?
June 7, 1993 |
Neither rain nor gloom nor a competing music festival could keep hearty Bayouphiles from their annual appointment with Louisiana sounds and tastes at the Rainbow Lagoon outside the Long Beach Arena. The unexpected June rain and the ill-scheduled Troubadours of Folk fest up the coast (review, F6) did significantly cut into the numbers Saturday at the seventh annual Cajun and Zydeco Festival--the estimated 1,000 attending was just half of last year's showing.