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Zydeco Dance Party: C.J. Chenier & the Red Hot Louisiana Band

Creole-born musician C.J. Chenier delivers soulful vocals along with masterful accordion-driven zydeco and blues. Chenier has performed alongside many internationally-recognized artists including his father, Clifton Chenier (“The King of Zydeco”), Paul Simon, Joe Sample and Ray Parker, Jr. In addition to his Grammy Award nomination in the Best Regional Roots Music Album category, C.J. Chenier…

Jon Cleary & the Absolute Monster Gentlemen / Lakou Mizik

Jon Cleary’s work pays obvious homage to the classic Crescent City keyboard repertoire created by such icons as Jelly Roll Morton, Fats Domino, Professor Longhair, Art Neville, Dr. John, and James Booker – while also using it as a launching pad for a style that incorporates such other diverse influences as ’70s soul and R&B,…

George Porter Jr. and Runnin’ Pardners / Rebirth Brass Band

An SMF Encore Production   Perhaps best known as the bassist for The Meters, George Porter, Jr. is one of the progenitors of the modern funky New Orleans sound. During the course of a career spanning more than four decades, Porter has worked with a galaxy of stars including Paul McCartney, Jimmy Buffett, David Byrne,…