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Mardi Gras Cajun Dance With Aux Cajunals, Creole Belles
Ashkenaz Community Center
Berkeley, CA
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Mardi Gras Cajun Dance With Aux Cajunals, Creole Belles
San Francisco Bluegrass & Old-Time Festival - Mardi Gras Cajun Dance

Aux Cajunals (
The Aux Cajunals Trio specializes in the kind of old-fashioned Cajun dance music thats been played at Cajun celebrations in southwest Louisiana for more than 100 years. The Aux Cajunals sound, hard-driving but not ear-splitting, inspires audiences to kick up their heels on the dance floor while soaking up the rich textures of the acoustic instruments and the emotion-drenched French vocals. Suzy Thompson squeezes her Louisiana-made one-row accordions, doubles on lead fiddle, and brings the old Cajun and Creole songs to life with her powerful bluesy vocals. Agi Ban's lively fiddling combines with Eric Thompsons rock-steady rhythm guitar to create a seamless mix that propels the dance rhythms of the band. These musicians have performed and recorded with many of the most respected names in Cajun and zydeco music, including Michael Doucet & Beausoleil, Marc and Ann Savoy, Queen Ida, the Magnolia Sisters, Ray Abshire, Dewey Balfa, and D.L. Menard.

Creole Belles (
The Creole Belles are a California based all-women band well known in the Cajun music scene for bringing the raw, driving authenticity of southwest Louisiana dancehalls to their shows. Popular zydeco musician and Louisiana native Andrew Carrire, son of legendary fiddler Bb Carrire of the renowned Carrire Brothers from Lawtell, Louisiana will join Delilah Lee Lewis, fiddle & vocals, Maureen Karpan, accordion & vocals, Karen Leigh, guitar & vocals for this special double bill with the Aux Cajunals, along with Elaine Herrick, stand-up bass, Myrna Cooper, rubboard, Sam Siggins, drums and Karen Celia Heil who will join us for some old-time twin fiddling.



Ashkenaz Community Center
1317 San Pablo Avenue
Berkeley, CA
United States

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