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January 21, 1992 | RANDY LEWIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
If you ever have a week so bad that a Cajun Saturday night won't cheer you up, check your pulse: You're probably dead. There were no weak pulses in sight last Saturday at the Sunset Beach Club, where Lawtell, La.-born accordionist Joe Simien and his band played music so joyous you suspect it actually could bring back the dead.
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January 21, 1992 | RANDY LEWIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
If you ever have a week so bad that a Cajun Saturday night won't cheer you up, check your pulse: You're probably dead. There were no weak pulses in sight last Saturday at the Sunset Beach Club, where Lawtell, La.-born accordionist Joe Simien and his band played music so joyous you suspect it actually could bring back the dead.
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May 10, 1989
Queen Ida & the Bon Temps Zydeco Band and Michael Doucet & Beausoleil will headline the third annual Los Angeles Cajun and Zydeco Music-Dance-Food Festival on Memorial Day Weekend. The event will take place at the Velodrome on the campus of Cal State Dominguez Hills in Carson. Promoters of a competing festival held last year at the John Anson Ford Theatre are not repeating this year, eliminating the oddity of rival Cajun festivals on the same weekend. The lineup for May 27 will include Beausoleil, C. J. Chenier & the Red Hot Louisiana Band, Dewey Balfa & Friends, Nathan & the Zydeco Cha-Chas (in their first Southland appearance)
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January 17, 1992 | JIM WASHBURN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Joe Simien doesn't like going on stage very much. When gearing up to play his Cajun accordion, the 68-year-old Lawtell, La., native sometimes gets sleepy or surly and wishes he were home. After spending the day working in his back yard earlier this week, he was already apprehensive about his gig Saturday night in Orange: "Lord have mercy, right now all my bones are aching, and I've got that dance to play this weekend!"
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January 17, 1992 | JIM WASHBURN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Joe Simien doesn't like going on stage very much. When gearing up to play his Cajun accordion, the 68-year-old Lawtell, La., native sometimes gets sleepy or surly and wishes he were home. After spending the day working in his back yard earlier this week, he was already apprehensive about his gig Saturday night in Orange: "Lord have mercy, right now all my bones are aching, and I've got that dance to play this weekend!"
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June 3, 1994 | RANDY LEWIS
The lineup for the eighth annual Southern California Cajun & Zydeco Festival: * Noon: The Poullard Brothers Band (Saturday only). * Noon: Joe Simien & Lisa Haley (Sunday only). * 1:15 p.m.: D.L. Menard & the Louisiana Aces (Saturday-Sunday). * 2:30 p.m.: Walter Mouton & the Scott Playboys (Saturday-Sunday). * 4 p.m.: Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys (Saturday-Sunday). * 5:30 p.m.: Nathan & the Zydeco Cha-Chas (Saturday-Sunday).
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April 9, 1992
The Sixth Annual Southern California Cajun & Zydeco Festival will bring some top Louisiana talent to the Rainbow Lagoon in Long Beach on Memorial Day weekend. Performing both May 30 and 31 are Michael Doucet & Beausoleil, John Delafose & the Eunice Playboys, Dewey Balfa, Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys, Nathan & the Zydeco Cha-Chas and the Savoy-Doucet Cajun Band. Rounding out the Saturday lineup will be Bad Boy Zydeco, while Joe Simien & the Country Boys will play Sunday only.
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May 15, 1998 | COLL METCALFE
Ever wanted to watch a zydeco master bang out a tune on a washboard or tap your feet to the bayou-based rhythms of Acadian fiddlers? Or maybe gobble a plate of seafood jambalaya? Come Memorial Day weekend, Simi Valley will be the place to do all that and more as the ninth annual Cajun-Creole Music Festival offers two days of music, dancing and food. Beginning at 11 a.m.
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May 28, 1992 | RANDY LEWIS
Noon: Bad Boy Zydeco (Saturday); Joe Simien & the Country Boys (Sunday). 1 p.m.: Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys. 2 p.m.: The Savoy-Doucet Cajun Band. 3:15 p.m.: John Delafose & the Eunice Playboys. 4:30 p.m.: Nathan & the Zydeco Cha-Chas. 5:45 p.m.: Beausoleil. WORKSHOPS: 1:30 p.m.: Cajun-Creole Culture. 2:30 p.m.: "The Music of Dewey Balfa," with Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys. 3:30 p.m.: Accordion Maintenance and Repair, with Marc Savoy. 4:30 p.m.: Cajun Song Lyrics with Ann Savoy.
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June 3, 1993 | RANDY LEWIS, Randy Lewis is an assistant editor of the Calendar section of The Times Orange County Edition.
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.
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May 10, 1989
Queen Ida & the Bon Temps Zydeco Band and Michael Doucet & Beausoleil will headline the third annual Los Angeles Cajun and Zydeco Music-Dance-Food Festival on Memorial Day Weekend. The event will take place at the Velodrome on the campus of Cal State Dominguez Hills in Carson. Promoters of a competing festival held last year at the John Anson Ford Theatre are not repeating this year, eliminating the oddity of rival Cajun festivals on the same weekend. The lineup for May 27 will include Beausoleil, C. J. Chenier & the Red Hot Louisiana Band, Dewey Balfa & Friends, Nathan & the Zydeco Cha-Chas (in their first Southland appearance)
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May 31, 1991 | RANDY LEWIS
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.
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March 14, 1992 | MIKE BOEHM
Promoter David J. Gaar of Westminster is changing the location of the Cajun-zydeco dance parties he has been throwing on the third Saturday of each month. Starting with a Bad Boys Zydeco Band gig March 21, the place will change from the Sunset Beach Club in Orange to the Meadowlark Cafe, 6197 Ball Road, Cypress. Coming attractions include the Joe Simien Cajun Band, April 18; John Delafose & the Eunice Playboys, May 17, and the Cheryl Cormier Cajun Band, June 20.
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