Date:   5/30/2009

Red Stick Ramblers will help you kick up your heels on May 30!

Get ready to kick up your heels….the Red Stick Ramblers will be at Thrasher Opera House on Sat., May 30, at 7:30 p.m., heating up the house with their eclectic, high-energy mix of Cajun Blues, Texas Swing and Honky–Tonk sounds. 

 

To begin the evening, 680 North Restaurant, on the grounds of the beautiful Tuscumbia Golf Course, is offering a pre-performance dinner for concertgoers for the special price of  “buy one/get one half off”.  More information about the dinner or to make reservations, please call the restaurant at 920-294-3234.

 

The Red Stick Ramblers first scooted out of Baton Rouge, Louisiana -- where several of the band members were studying at Louisiana State University – in 2000, suits crisply pressed and bows rosined-up and ready to rollick. They quickly developed a following around the Gulf Coast region thanks to their unflaggingly energetic live shows, and spread the message even more widely with the 2002 release of their self-titled debut album -- a disc that brought them the tag “the great Cajun hope.” 

 

After a few lineup changes the group solidified into its current five-piece form buoyed by fiddler Kevin Wimmer -- a longtime member of Cajun mainstay Balfa Toujours -- and Eric Frey, an Alabama native who was schooled in bluegrass by his bassist dad, then in jazz by one-time Basie sideman Cleveland Eaton.

 

“From day one, we were just interested in all sorts of music, from Django Reinhardt to Duke Ellington to the Cajun stuff that a few of the guys in the band grew up around,” says Mississippi-bred guitarist Chas Justus. “We never put any limits on what we listened to or what we played. "At first, we didn’t think that hundreds of college kids would come out to hear that kind of music, but when we added a little extra drive to it with a drum kit and all, it was really a revelation to see how contagious it could be."

 

On “Made In The Shade” (2007), the Baton Rouge-based quintet’s fourth album -- and first for Sugar Hill -- the Ramblers romp and stomp through a crazy-quilt of originals and classic covers with the high-octane energy that could only come from a band accustomed to keeping dance-floors jumping for hours at a time.  Produced by Dirk Powell at Cypress House Studios in Parks, La, Made In The Shade is a further refinement of the Ramblers patented eclectic mix of Cajun, Blues, Texas Swing and Honky-Tonk sounds.

 

This special performance is supported in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional sponsorship is generously provided by 680 North Restaurant, with accommodations provided by the Heidel House and hospitality by the Waterfront Grill. Tickets are $18 and available at the Thrasher office, Knowledge Emporium, Green Lake Bank (Green Lake); Pick N’ Save, Ripon Drug (Ripon); Twister (Princeton) or by calling the office at (920) 294-4279.  For more information or to order tickets online, visit www.thrasheroperahouse.com. 

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