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Description: CJ Chenier kindles southwest Louisiana's dancing spirit of zydeco wherever he performs. The son of the late Clifton Chenier, "King of Zydeco," CJ is a living legacy, having joined his father's Red Hot Louisiana Band in 1978, then leading it before Clifton's passing in 1987. He has long since been dubbed "the crown prince of Zydeco," and is without question one of our all-time favorites here at the Towne Crier.
If you like Clifton Chenier, Buckwheat Zydeco, Terrance Simien
$25 advance/ $30 at door
CJ Chenier and the Red Hot Louisiana Band:
State-of-the-art Zydeco from a masterful musician and performer. Chenier flavors the Red Hot Louisiana Band's bayou beats with elements of funk, blues and ballads, and puts the foot tapping, can't stand still sounds throughout traditional Zydeco.
C.J. Chenier was literally born into the musical tradition of southwest Louisiana and Texas Zydeco, a chugging, accordion-led blend of French Creole and African-derived influences. Born the son of great Zydeco king Clifton Chenier, the first Grammy Award winning musician of his genre, C.J. was totally immersed in R&B, funk and jazz from childhood...
I always describe Zydeco as "Happy Feet Music". Upbeat dance music which includes Blues,Boogie,Waltz,some funk, and the original zydeco 2 step music that's played by accordion,washboard and drums. Clifton Chenier named this music Zydeco! He also designed the instrument everyone loves, the washboard.