8/22 BeauSoliel avec Michael Doucet, Legendary Cajun Fusion at EOH

BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet performs at Festival Acadiens et Creoles in Lafayette, La. at Festival Acadiens et Creoles in Lafayette, La.

Just one reason that Beausoleil is so much fun is that Micheal Doucet is one of the best fiddlers on the planet!

The legendary band BeauSoleil continuously cranks out fun, can’t-stay-in-your-seat music that sounds like it’s literally made by the light of the “beautiful sun,” to translate from the French. Join this exhilarating band as they celebrate forty years of making joyous music together in the amazing acoustics of the historic Earlville Opera House on Saturday, August 22nd at 8pm.

There’s no doubt BeauSoleil has brought Cajun music to new heights and helped it become popular across the country. They were the very first Cajun group to ever win a GRAMMY, for L’amour Ou La Folie in 1998, and they went on to win another GRAMMY in 2010. They performed at the Super Bowl in 1997. They’ve become mainstays on NPR’s A Prairie Home Companion.

The band has released 25 albums, the most recent of which was 2013’s From Bamako to Carencro, a culture-crossing release designed to highlight the connections between West Africa, and the kind of music made in Lafayette, LA. There’s a “sonic bloodline” there, one running straight back into the band’s Louisiana roots, but that doesn’t stop them from exploring swing, blues, jazz, R&B, and even bluegrass on the album, where guitarist David Doucet, “even tucks an occasional Lester Flatt-style G-run into his highly melodic guitar solos.”

“The best Cajun band in the world.” -- Garrison Keillor, host of NPR's "A Prairie Home Companion."

“The best Cajun band in the world.” — Garrison Keillor, host of NPR’s “A Prairie Home Companion.”

Bring your dancing shoes, and don’t miss this lively band on Saturday, August 22nd, at 8pm. Come an hour early for a dance workshop to learn the basics of Cajun Waltz and Two-Step, free with your ticket to the show! (please call to sign up) Admission is $45, $43 for members, and students are discounted to $40. Premium pricing applies for the front-most four rows. The Earlville Opera House is wheelchair-accessible with a ramp and a lift. Don’t forget to visit our three Earlville Galleries with three quilt exhibits on display and the Artisans’ Gift Shop featuring over 35 regional artists showcasing everything from jewelry to blown glass to pottery. The EOH Arts Café will open one hour before the performance, serving freshly baked desserts and hot coffee and tea.

You Tubes:
BeauSoleil- Dance Pavilion Richmond Folk Fest 2008

Beausoleil avec Michael Doucet – Parlez-Nous a Boire (Cambridge 2013)

BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet

For more information, or to reserve your seats or sign up for the dance class, call 315-691-3550 or order tickets online at http://www.earlvilleoperahouse.com. The Opera House is located at 18 East Main Street, in Earlville, NY.
EOH events are made possible, in part, with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and through the generosity of EOH members.

*** please note date change from postcard. EOH Beausoleil concert is not 8/21…go to the Clayton Opera House if you need tickets for Friday night!

2015 Back row from left: Tommy Alesi (Drums), Billy Ware (Timbale, Congas, Triangle),Bill Bennett (Bass), Michael Doucet (Violin, Accordion, Mandolin, Vocals and Guitar), David Doucet (Guitar, Ukulele, Vocals),  Front Row: Mitchell Reed (Bass, Fiddle)

2015 Back row from left: Tommy Alesi (Drums), Billy Ware (Timbale, Congas, Triangle),Bill Bennett (Bass), Michael Doucet (Violin, Accordion, Mandolin, Vocals and Guitar), David Doucet (Guitar, Ukulele, Vocals),  Front Row: Mitchell Reed (Bass, Fiddle)

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