Balfa Toujours -the future of Cajun music
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Balfa Toujours (Balfa still and always) is a brilliant young band that has been making a name for itself not only in the Cajun music scene of Southwestern Louisiana, but also in the larger realm of all traditional music. Led by Christine Balfa, daughter of legendary Cajun fiddler Dewey Balfa, the group has taken the inspiration given them and made it their own, creating a sound that is distinctive yet filled with the essence of the tradition.
The increasing popularity of Cajun music, owing so much to the work of Dewey Balfa and his brothers, has led to a need for diversity in performance styles, and Balfa Toujours is right at home with this development. They easily keep everyone on the floor at the festive dances that were once the only outlet for Cajun musicians, but they have also developed programs that emphasize the history and culture of Acadian Louisiana, the roots of which go all the way back to Celtic France. They are equally at home in front of small groups where the culture can be directly shared, and in front of thousands on the festival stage where they inspire audiences with their infectious, celebratory spirit.
“Our aim is to keep the music alive and healthy; we do not try to preserve it as if it were a museum piece, but neither do we change it purely for the sake of modernization…you could say that our desire is to maintain the music's original role as a source of individual expression and a focal point for the community. Now, with the internet reaching all corners of the globe, that ‘community’ has grown exponentially to include all those who are curious about the culture of Cajun Louisiana.”
The hot, syncopated melodies of the accordion intertwine with the passionate cries of the fiddle. The sweet sounds of the ancient Cajun language let you drift away, while the driving beat of the triangle brings you back. The warm, ringing chords of the guitar lift the vocals straight into your soul. A life-loving quality, emotional yet transcendent, is the essence of Cajun music, and the pulse of the Balfa rhythm is at the heart of it all.
To experience the joy firsthand, order your tickets today for Balfa Toujours at the Thrasher Opera House. Tickets for the Saturday, November 6 concert are $20 each, and can be purchased at: Thrasher Office, Knowledge Emporium, Green Lake State Bank, and Ripon Drug, or by calling 920-294-4279. For on-line ticket purchases, please visit www.thrasheroperahouse.com.