UPDATE: Due to the recent rise in covid cases in Green Lake County, the Health Dept has strongly recommended we do not hold indoor concerts at this time. Consequently, we will be moving this concert to an outdoor area. With the success of our outdoor "Cedar Ridge Sessions" last year...we're headin' back out to convene with nature!
The Cedar Ridge Sessions concert series combines music and nature, offering outdoor shows in a peaceful, countryside setting. Audience members should bring their lawn chairs, and any picnic style snacks they’d like. We ask for no beverage carry-ins, as there will be a bar available. Settle in and enjoy the sunset while experiencing live music like we've never offered before. Masks will be required at check-in, and when you approach the bar for a drink, at this time. NEW TIME: Doors open at 5:15, Concert at 6 p.m.!
Cedar Ridge Ranch, established in 1995, is located at W14471 Dartford Road, Ripon, WI If you have any questions, please give us a call at 920.294.4279. For questions the day of the show: Contact Rachael 828.691.0497
After spending his childhood in the tough tenement housing projects of Port Arthur, Texas, C.J. joined his Father’s band on his 21st birthday. His first gig was playing for the opening of the now world-renown Antone’s, Home of the Blues Nightclub in Austin, Texas.
On the road his father showed him how to front a world class touring band, teaching C.J., a multi-instrumentalist, how to run the family business and how to develop his lifelong passion for music into a career. When Clifton died in 1987 his son, C.J., adopted the Red Hot Louisiana Band and recorded his debut album for the great American independent label Arhoolie Records.
Chenier (along with Ringo Starr) was hand-picked by Paul Simon for his 1990 Rhythm of the Saints album which was nominated for Album of the Year and Producer of the Year. He was then invited to go with Simon for his sell out "Born at the Right Time Tour”.
C.J., who started his career with his father, Clifton Chenier, has also played with John Mayall, The Gin Blossoms, Ray Parker, Jr., Joe Sample, Jimmie Vaughan, Sonny Landreth and Buckwheat Zydeco. He has appeared on The Jon Stewart Show and been featured on CNN. He has performed at numerous music festivals around the world and is a consistent crowd pleaser for The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.
Attending a C.J. Chenier show is a transformative experience. You may come in tired and beat up just from living in this world – but you will leave renewed and happy. And that is the promise C.J. makes, "You can’t come to my show and stay unhappy. You’re going to break a smile before too long. This is happy music.”