LIVE: BeauSoleil @ Music Haven, 7/30/17
Photographs by Stan Johnson
The multi-talented Michael Doucet is the undisputed King of Cajun Music, carrying on a musical tradition that had very nearly died out completely and injecting it with a dose of New Orleans jazz, blues-rock, folk, swamp-pop, zydeco, country and bluegrass.
The result is BeauSoleil, the Grammy Award-winning Louisiana band that Doucet has led for more than 40 years…
Last Sunday at the Music Haven in Schenectady’s Central Park, Doucet and BeauSoleil do what they always do – fire up the fiddle, flat-picked guitar and accordion to lift the driving melodies over the top of two-step and waltz dance beats. It’s an irresistible sound that never fails to pack the dance floor.
Opening the free concert was the Acadian trio Vishten from Prince Edward Island in Nova Scotia. Featuring multi-instrumentalists and singers Emmanuelle LeBlanc, Pascal Miousse and Pastelle LeBlanc, the band’s music drew from the same French sonic bloodlines as BeauSoleil, making for a perfect pairing.
Michael Hochanadel’s review at The Daily Gazette
UPCOMING: Vishten is at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival at Dodds Farm in Hillsdale this weekend, with a main stage performance slated for 3:10pm on Sunday (August 6). And BeauSoleil will make a stop at the Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton at 7pm on Wednesday, August 23. Tickets are $20 in advance; $25 at the door.
UPCOMING @ MUSIC HAVEN: Direct from the world-famous Newport Jazz Festival, trumpeter Amir Elsaffar and the groundbreaking Two Rivers Ensemble head into the Music Haven at 7pm on Sunday (August 6), melding contemporary Western jazz with traditional Middle Eastern instruments and the exotic sounds of Arabic maqam. Local 518 faves Cliff Brucker & Full Circle open the show.