American Folk Dances (Contra, squares)
Cajun 'n Zydeco ('n French Creole) dancing around town to live music!
WHERE? Focal Point, Sutton Avenue, Maplewood, MO
WHO? OLD FASHIONED ACES (Cajun music) They're on their way up nort' for the summer! That's MN and WI! Blake Miller & the Old Fashioned Aces are breathing new life into an old sound. Its traditional Cajun music, pure and simple. Instead of stretching the boundaries of Louisiana French music with intense and prominent electrified instruments, the Aces nest comfortably inside the well worn tracks of Cajun music: accordion, fiddle, guitar with vocals and t'fer. From old fiddle tunes to classic dance floor packers and bilingual classics, their music is comfort food for the Cajun music fan.
WHEN? JULY 20 @ Focal Point on Sutton Ave, Maplewood, MO
WHO? Jane Vidrine (originally from StL and Grammy nominee!) and John Vidrine. Steeped in Cajun Louisiana living and traditions, Jane and John bring rich experiences and interpretations to Cajun tunes played on fiddle and guitar with superb vocals, be it a waltz, a ballad, or a two-step.
COVER? Well worth it! At least $10, maybe $15
HANDS-ON 'n UP CLOSE!
Cajun Music Workshop w/ Jane and John Vidrine
Saturday, July 21, 2018 | 12-2pm
Folk School, 3323 Washington Ave
Direct from Louisiana, John and Jane Vidrine will lead a Cajun music learn and jam. While you learn traditional Cajun 2 steps and waltzes, you will be treated to the stories of the songs and the musicians who have been creating Cajun music for over 100 years. No experience playing Cajun music is necessary. Best for accordion (key of C), fiddle, guitar, and vocals, but bring whatever folk instrument you play and we’ll see what happens. Lyrics will be provided.
John and Jane Vidrine have been playing Cajun music together since the 1980s for festivals, gatherings, and concerts around their home region of Acadiana in Louisiana, at music camps, in France and Denmark. Their repertoire ranges from crusty old fiddle duets and unaccompanied French ballads to exciting dancehall favorites. John’s stories will have your smile muscles hurting.
John is from Mamou, Louisiana, where Cajun music and folk traditions are virtually a way of life. He’s played accordion, fiddle and guitar since he was very young and was influenced by legendary figures from the area including Nathan Abshire, Dewey Balfa, Marc Savoy and others. Jane came on the Louisiana music scene in 1983 after growing up in St Louis and being quite central to the folklife community here (MFFA, Frontier Folklife Festival, Focal Point, Music Folk). A founding member of the two time Grammy-nominated Magnolia Sisters Cajun Band. Together they are known for their investment in their community to promote regional traditional music and for supporting young people in their efforts to bring Cajun music, language and cultural traditions into the future.