Date:   9/3/2005

Cajun band will kick it up a notch at Thrasher

Get ready to kick up your heals….Dennis Stroughmatt & Creole Stomp will be at Thrasher Opera House on Sat., Sept, 3 ready to give dance lessons before a lively evening performance of Creole, Zydeco, Cajun, New Orleans swamp pop and bayou blues, all thanks to generous sponsorship from Semrow & Braaksma Financial Services, Ripon Ace Hardware, Steinert Printing and Heidel House. 

A recently signed Swallow recording artist, Dennis Stroughmatt and Creole Stomp is a nationally touring Creole, Cajun, and Zydeco band bringing the best in Louisiana French music and culture to audiences of listeners and dancers across the USA and Canada

Formed and led by French speaking Cajun/Creole accordionist and fiddler Dennis Stroughmatt, Creole Stomp is striving to not only entertain, but also to educate audiences about American French culture.  Having lived in Louisiana and Quebec, Canada (and still touring with many Louisiana based Cajun and Creole-Zydeco bands in and out of Louisiana on occasion), Dennis only knows how to play it "down-home" and always has a sound that is fresh and “straight from the bayous and prairies” of southwest Louisiana.  The Creole Stomp sound pulls from many influences but is noted for a style similar to the famed Ardoin Family Band and The Lawtell Playboys. 

Dennis and Creole Stomp have been seen and heard on radio and television with PBS-TV, WGN-TV, NPR‘s "Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keilor," CNN‘s “World Beat" on Mardi Gras, and on many stages including the Illinois State Fair, "The Louisiana Folklife Festival," the "Big Spring Jam" in Huntsville AL, the St. Louis Soulard Mardi Gras, "The Cajun French Music Awards" in Lafayette, LA, and  "Mardi Gras World" in New Orleans, LA.  The new CD by Dennis Stroughmatt and Creole Stomp “Enfin...At Last” was nominated "Best Album" by a Cajun/Creole band based outside of
Louisiana by the Cajun French Music Association for 2003. 

Members of Creole Stomp include Jon Watson on drums, Robert Russell on lead guitar, Jim Willgoose on bass, and Jennifer Stroughmatt (the resident French Acadian of Creole Stomp) on Rub-board and Triangle.  The mixture of these fantastic and experienced musicians creates a talent gumbo that is almost unstoppable with an ability to play a wide range of Louisiana French music not often heard from strictly Cajun or Zydeco bands.  Don't miss hearing a band that plays Creole to the core and often dives into "old school" Zydeco...the only one based north of
Eunice LA.  

For more information on the band that Chef Cajun Ron, Lake Charles, LA claims “….play French music like a barrel of cayenne sauce…hot, hot, hot!” visit

Tickets for a sizzling evening of authentic Creole music beginning with dance lessons at 7:00 p.m. with concert to follow at 7:30 p.m. are $18 and can be purchased at Thrasher office, Knowledge Emporium, Green Lake State Bank (Green Lake), Pick ‘n Save & Ripon Drug (Ripon) Twister (Princeton), Berlin Chamber office, or by calling 294-4279.  Online tickets available at 


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