BeauSoleil - A Cajun Invasion at Thrasher
Mark your calendars for April 1st—the hot, hot, HOT Cajun band BeauSoleil will be performing at at Thrasher Opera House.
Led by Michael Doucet - fiddler / composer / chanteur extraordinaire - the Grammy-winning band from Lafayette, Louisiana, also incorporates a seamless blend of flat-out Cajun French folk-rock, zydeco, various jazz styles, Latin and Caribbean music, medieval European material, western swing, and more. Rounding out the sextet are Doucet’s brother David, one of roots music’s most innovative guitarists, the traditional Cajun accordion of Jimmy Breaux (grandson of Cajun accordion pioneer Amedee Breaux), drummer Tommy Alesi and percussionist Billy Ware provide a rich, rhythmic texture, while Al Tharp contributes everything from banjo to bass to second fiddle.
The band has been honored with nine Grammy nominations and one Grammy Award. In 1997, their album L'Amour Ou La Folie (Love Or Folly) earned the Grammy for Best Traditional Folk Album. In January 2000, Cajunization, released in 1999, gave the band its seventh nomination with the nod for Best Contemporary Folk Album.
Cajunization rockets Cajun music into the 21st century with an eclectic mix of Doucet's finest songs yet, performed with ferocious virtuosity by the group A Prairie Home Companion's Garrison Keillor calls "the best Cajun band in the world." Doucet feels Cajunization really captures BeauSoleil at its best, and expands its exploration of Cajun music's roots.
The Lousiana-based band has appeared on countless television programs, film soundtracks and performed at numerous prestigious events. The band played events surrounding Jimmy Carter's 1976 inauguration, they saw their song "Zydeco Gris-Gris" used in the opening tracking shot for The Big Easy, they caught them playing the Super Bowl with Mary Chapin Carpenter. In fact, in the lyrics of the song BeauSoleil performed with Carpenter at the 1997 Super Bowl, called “Down at the Twist and Shout”, she sings: “There ain't no cure for my blues today, except when the paper says BeauSoleil is coming into town."
Now, approaching their 30th year together as a group, the band has never been more popular. "What really binds you is that you all know the music is much greater than you are, and we're part of that now," says Doucet. "That's what propels us, keeps us doing what we're doing, and holds us together.
Tickets to the band Rolling Stone Magazine called “the best dance band in the world” are available for $22 at the Thrasher office, Knowledge Emporium, Green Lake State Bank (Green Lake); Ripon Drug, Pick ‘N Save (Ripon); Twister (Princeton); Berlin Chamber of Commerce or by calling (920)294-4279. Online tickets available at www.thrasheroperahouse.com.