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A FREE In-Store Concert by Louisiana's LOST BAYOU RAMBLERS

"...high-spirited and soulful...between country and cool" (and they sell Cajun Hot Sauce at their concerts!) Share

Saturday , January 28, 2006
12:00 pm
Location: Elderly Instruments
in-store performance (free)

We can pretty much guarantee that this concert will be fun for everyone--the Lost Bayou Ramblers are as zesty as their hot sauce, and even perusing their website is fun! They're a high-energy Cajun quintet who have recently been devoting their considerable talents to benefit concerts for the victims of Katrina and Rita in their home state of Louisiana.

This winter they're heading north and, following their free in-store event at Elderly, will perform at Central Michigan University in Mt. Pleasant on Saturday evening, January 28.

One of most catchy descriptons of The Lost Bayou Ramblers comes from Jennifer Romolini in Time Out New York, May, 2003: "...a high-energy Louisiana French band...formed in 1999, are 'roots Cajun' musicians; they play a swampy, foot-stomping, traditional Deep South style with a rhythmic blues flavor.... In concert, the band is high-spirited and soulful, and its moves, closer to Devo than to Hee Haw, encourage dancing--dorky, spirited, jumpy, partnered dancing. The whole experience is somewhere between country and cool, a postdork evening (or afternoon) to remember." [Their parentheses.]

They've also been described as a "French swing band" with touches of country, blues, and "a belly--dance groove." But there's more, too.

Brothers Louis [fiddle and vocals) and Andre (accordion and lap steel) Michot were immersed in Cajun roots music from birth; their father and uncles toured the world playing traditional Cajun music as the band Les Freres Michot. The young Michot brothers connected with Chris Courville ("bass-stomp-centered drumming"), Alan Le Fleur ("heavy-thumping upright bass") and Jon Bertrand ("hard-chocking rhythm guitar"), and the Ramblers began wooing and wowing audiences around Acadia and then all around the United States with their "deep swamp beat."

Original songs compliment their vast Cajun repertoire of early accordion dancehall tunes, pre-century fiddling, and Cajun swing, capturing the "roots" spirit of their culture's unique and lively music. They engage audiences with an accordion set that captures the vibrant two-steps, waltzes and blues tunes popular during the '30s and dancehall era (1948-74), then they "stow the squeezebox" and play string-band arrangements popular during the Cajun Swing era (1935-47).

The Lost Bayou Ramblers have toured coast to coast and have played the International Country Music Conference in Nashville, the New Orleans Jazz Fest, Yale, New York University, the Lafayette Festival, Brooklyn's Botanic Gardens, the Chicago Old Town School of Folk Music Festival, Chicago's Downtown Summer Series, and many other popular spots. The Ramblers were one of the first non-jazz bands ever to play New Orleans' legendary Preservation Hall.

The Ramblers embrace their cultural heritage with music that is an intimate part of the agrarian working-class lifestyle. The music is emotionally raw, intense--authentically Cajun. "Roots music from its European origins to modern country-influenced sounds and 'Zydecajun'," explain the Ramblers. (And they really do sell authentic Cajun hot sauce at their concerts!)

Check out merchandise we carry featuring Lost Bayou Ramblers

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