When: Sat., Nov. 13, 8 p.m. 2010
When you're talking the rich musical and cultural heritage of Louisiana, the discussion is not so much about tradition as it is traditions. Take the new live record Creole Moon: Live from Blue Moon Saloon from young bandleader Cedric Watson and his group Bijou Creole. Attach an ear to the speaker, and you'll hear zydeco, Cajun and blues. There's a tease of second-line beat, and there are two-steps that propel you across the dance floor in a blink. An electric guitar-steered instrumental gives way to a ballad sung in French, and an African kora holds court in the mix for a couple of tunes. It's music under a variety of flags, all flying in an accordion-conjured tailwind.
Bill-sharers and fellow hybridists Red Stick Ramblers are no truer to any one style. The Lafayette-based quintet's sound builds a wooden bridge between Cajun, old-time, jazz, swing and country and western; then the Ramblers command you to dance across it to prove its durability. It might sway, but it's incredibly sturdy.—Rick Cornell