CJ Chenier and The Red Hot Louisiana Band

Allons Danser Welcomes:

CJ Chenier and The Red Hot Louisiana Band

Free Hour of Dance Zydeco Lessons at 7:00pm

Fri, February 14, 2014

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

The Ardmore Music Hall

Ardmore, PA

$20 Advance / $25 Day of Show

$20 Advance / $25 Day of Show

CJ Chenier and The Red Hot Louisiana Band
CJ Chenier and The Red Hot Louisiana Band
C.J. Chenier, son of the 'King of Zydeco' Clifton Chenier, joined his father's Red-Hot Louisiana Band playing saxophone at the age of 21. After Clifton's death in 1987, C.J. picked up the accordion and took charge of his father's ministry - to spread the word of Zydeco music to the world. Since then, Chenier has pushed the genre to new heights with his virtuosity. The Boston Globe has called him "the crown prince of zydeco," and Living Blues magazine hails him as "the best living zydeco singer and accordionist." His musical style ranges from the traditional Zydeco of Clifton Chenier right on up to modern funk with healthy doses of blues, R&B, swamp pop and even country. C.J.'s total mastery of the accordion combined with his rich, satisfying voice are the driving forces behind this power-house zydeco band.

Paul Simon handpicked C.J. to play accordion then asked him to join his “Born at the Right Time Tour”. A few years later C.J. showed up as a guest on the Gin Blossom’s “New Miserable Experience” album. C.J,‘s 1995 appearances on the Jon Stewart Show and CNN brought C.J.’s music to his widest audiences yet. But all this attention didn’t change his philosophy toward his music. “You go to a gig by a jazz band,” he says, “and everybody's sitting down, sipping drinks. You play zydeco and you see shoes flying off. You can’t come to my show and stay unhappy all night long. You’re going to break a smile and stomp your foot before too long. This is happy music, and it makes you dance.”

Nowhere was this more evident than the band’s 1996 appearance at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, where their raucous performance caught the attention of VH1, which featured Chenier. Entertainment Weekly followed with a piece of their own. And a 1996 showcase at Austin’s SxSW Music Conference (as part of the Alligator Records 25th Anniversary event) swept the overflow crowd of music writers and fans at Antone’s into a massive dancing frenzy.

In the autumn of 2005, the delta region of the United States was pummeled twice by vicious hurricanes. In the aftermath of these floods - C.J. began writing and recording a collection of songs in a stark contrast to the upbeat nature of some of many his past recordings.

Inspired by Bob Dylan's 1960's collaboration with The Band - C.J. Chenier sought out an existing working band to back him during these sessions. Rounder recording artists The Tarbox Ramblers fit the bill with a combination of tight musical camaraderie, from years of touring, and a deep knowledge of American roots music history.

But a C.J. Chenier recording, like a traditional New Orlean's funeral, would not be complete without a tremor of hope for the future and a few great dance tunes. The album includes several classic “I've Been Good To You Baby” and the swinging mea culpa “Who's Cheatin' Who?”. Living To Learn highlights C.J.'s sixties soul and Motown influences. " C.J. leads the entire band through a Clifton Chenier tune “Bogalusa Boogie” as a tribute to the late great Clarence Gatemouth Brown. The album ends fittingly with Van Morrison's “Comfort You”, his great waltz-poem of healing and forgiveness, a fitting end to a stormy night.
Free Hour of Dance Zydeco Lessons at 7:00pm
Free Hour of Dance Zydeco Lessons at 7:00pm
At 7:00 , a free Zydeco dance lesson will be provided by Allons Danser , Philly's Cajun and Zydeco music and Dance community
Venue Information:
The Ardmore Music Hall
23 East Lancaster Ave
Ardmore, PA, 19003
http://www.ardmoremusic.com