12th Annual San Francisco Bluegrass & Old-Time Festival Feb 12-21
Cajun Dance
8:30 pm Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Ashkenaz Community CenterHandicapped accessibleAll Ages Welcome
1317 San Pablo Avenue
Berkeley, CA map
www.ashkenaz.com

Free Cajun/Zydeco Dance lessons at 8pm. Show starts at 8:30.
The Aux Cajunals Trio specializes in the kind of old-fashioned Cajun dance music that’s 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 Thompson’s 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 and Beausoleil, Marc and Ann Savoy, Queen Ida, the Magnolia Sisters, Ray Abshire, Dewey Balfa, and D.L. Menard.

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 dance halls to their shows. Popular Creole musician and Louisiana native Andrew Carrière (son of legendary fiddler Bébé Carrière) of the renowned Carrière Brothers from Lawtell, Louisiana will join Delilah Lee Lewis (fiddle & vocals), Maureen Karpan (accordion & vocals), Karen Leigh (guitar & vocals), along with Julay Brooks (standup bass & vocals), and Myrna Cooper (rubboard & vocals). Special guest will be Karen Celia Heil, joining the group for some old-time fiddle-sticks and twin fiddling.