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Lazar Bear is proud to present Mardi Gras Hawaii ‘2014, featuring two of the hottest Zydeco Bands to come out of Louisiana. American Musical Legend and preeminent ambassador of Zydeco music Buckwheat Zydeco and IIs Son Partis Band together with C.J. Chenier & Red Hot Louisiana Band will be performing a four Island tour in Hawaii playing their signature brand of Zydeco and Cajun Music both backed by their incredible bands complete with Accordion and Rub Board players. Buckwheat and C.J. both grew up under the influence of the legendary Zydeco Icon Clifton Chenier and both their incredible careers are a tribute to Clifton. “ Laissez Lais Bon Temps Roulet “ Let The Good Times Roll and come join us for this hot dance party with Cajun food, Jambalaya and Mardi Gras Beads.
This years Mardi Gras Event will benefit the 36th. Annual Visitor Industry Charity Walk with a signed instrument auction and some festive Mardi Gras Traditions - a portion of the proceeds to benefit visitor industry charity walk -
“Laissez Lais Bon Temps Roulet“ Let The Good Times Roll
…..come join us for this Hot Dance Party with Cajun food, Jambalaya and Mardi Gras Beads.
Feb. 20, Thurs. – Honolulu, Oahu
Pomaikai Ballrooms at Dole Cannery - Hokulei Ballroom
735 Iwilei Road, 2nd Floor (Validated Parking)
Venue: 808-369-8600 Tickets: $40. Gold Circle Tables $60.
Doors: 6:30 pm. Show: 7:30 pm.
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Feb. 21, Fri. - Honokaa - Big Island
Honokaa Peoples Theater
Venue: 808-775-9963 Tickets: $40. Gold Circle Tables $60.
Doors: 7:00 pm. Show: 7:30 pm.
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|Mardi Gras w/Buckwheat & Chenier - Feb. 21, Fri. - Big Island - VIP Tables SOLD OUT
Feb. 22, Sat. – Kahului, Maui
Maui Arts & Cultural Center – Castle Theater
One Cameron Way, Kahului, Hi 96732
Venue: 808-242-SHOW (7469) Tickets: $45. $50. $55. Reserved
Doors: 7:00 pm. Show: 7:30 pm.
Feb. 23, Sun. - Lihue - Kauai
Kauai Beach Resort/Jasmine Ballroom
4331 Kauai Beach Drive, Lihue, HI
Call: 808-896-4845 Tickets : $45 Gen. Adm. $60 Gold Circle
Doors: 6:00 pm. Show: 6:30 pm.
|Mardi Gras w/Buckwheat & Chenier - Feb. 23, Sun - Kauai - Gen. Adm. WILL CALL
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“Stanley “Buckwheat” Dural leads one of the best bands in America. A down-home and high-powered celebration, meaty and muscular with a fine-tuned sense of dynamics … propulsive rhythms, incendiary performances.” – The New York Times
"Buckwheat leads one of the best party bands in America; he can pump out zydeco two-beats or shift into rolling 12-bar blues, steaming all the way."
- The New York Times
Jimmy Fallon, the guy who has dueted with Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young, Eddie Vedder, President Obama, and anyone else he wanted chose Buckwheat Zydeco to kick off Friday’s final Late Night with Jimmy Fallon show. Fallon takes over The Tonight Show from Jay Leno on February 17.
Playing “On a Night Like This” from Buckwheat Zydeco's first Island Records album of the same name, superfan Jimmy Fallon performed alongside Buckwheat Zydeco and The Roots. The show opened “cold” without any announcement except a tight close-up of “Buckwheat” spelled out in jeweled letters on Stanley “Buckwheat” Dural’s accordion. Buckwheat and Jimmy traded vocals on Buckwheat Zydeco’s cover of this little known Bob Dylan tune. Jimmy rocked out on a red guitar, and the two played out the song with a rousing instrumental throw down.
Jimmy said he wanted Buckwheat Zydeco’s appearance on his last show to be a surprise. He introduced and thanked Buckwheat from his desk after the performance, and displayed the band’s latest, Grammy-winning Alligator Records album, Lay Your Burden Down.
C.J. Chenier accepted the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award on behalf of his father, zydeco musician Clifton Chenier, at the 2014 Special Merit Awards Ceremony & Nominees Reception on Jan. 25 in Los Angeles
American musical legend Stanley “Buckwheat” Dural Jr. – along with his band, Buckwheat Zydeco – is the preeminent ambassador of Louisiana Zydeco music. If you’ve gotten into Zydeco music, or felt its influence, or watched the world celebrate this great aspect of Louisiana culture over the past 30 years it’s likely been because of Buckwheat Zydeco. Bringing the unique sound of Zydeco into the musical mainstream, they released the first-ever major label Zydeco album in 1987, and claim the three largest selling Zydeco albums of all time. No other Zydeco artist has come close to selling as many records or exposing the music to more people around the world. For More Information Go To: www.buckwheatzydeco.com & en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buckwheat_Zydeco
C. J. Chenier talks a lot about energy. Ask him why he recorded a certain song and he’ll tell you he likes the energy of it. Why does he love zydeco music? It’s the energy. And so it should come as no surprise that C.J.’s new album, Can’t Sit Down (World Village, Street Date – September 13, 2011) is so jam-packed with energy it could power a small city!
Recorded live in one session at Rock Romano’s Red Shack Studio in Houston, Texas, Can’t Sit Down is all about truth in advertising: give it a spin and watch your feet get to work whether you want them to or not. C.J.—whose father was the late Clifton Chenier, perhaps the most
celebrated zydeco musician in the genre’s history—cut the album live in the studio quickly in order to capture the freshness—the energy— of the material. For that reason, he dispensed with a producer, opting to handle the task himself.
“I figured that nobody knows better what I want than I do,” he says. “Nobody knows better how I want my accordion to sound. Nobody knows better how I want my band to sound. So I decided to stop going with other people’s ears and start going with my own.”
The 11 tracks on Can’t Sit Down are among the most potent of C.J.’s long career, starting with the album-opening title track, written by Clifton. “I play that song pretty much how I played it with my daddy,” C.J. says. “I really liked it so I said, ‘OK, let’s try this one,’ and everybody fell right in. It just clicked. That’s a sign that something is a keeper, when everybody can fall in and it feels good.”
“Hot Tamale Baby” is the other Clifton-penned tune on the album, and then there’s “Paper In My Shoe,” a song written by Boozoo Chavis and Eddie Shuler and usually credited as the first zydeco hit. But some of the songs on Can’t Sit Down come not from the zydeco world at all but from unexpected sources, especially “Clap Hands,” penned by the great singer-songwriter Tom Waits. “I didn’t understand Tom Waits at first,” confesses C.J. “But my guitar player is a Tom Waits freak and one day he brought a video of Tom Waits. That’s where I learned to appreciate what he was doing. When I heard ‘Clap Hands’ I said, ‘I like that song. I can do something with that song.’”
Three blues staples bring even more variety to Can’t Sit Down: Joe Williams’ classic “Baby Please Don’t Go,” John Lee Hooker’s “Dusty Road” and Richard M. Jones’ “Trouble In Mind.” Explains C.J., “You gotta add flavor. When I started playing with my daddy, he played flavorful all night. He played blues, some boogie, he played some waltzes. He mixed it up. You put a good blues on there and it’ll energize the rest of the album.
One last cover song on the album holds special meaning to C.J., Curtis Mayfield’s “We Gotta Have Peace,” which closes the CD. “That song reflects what I’ve been feeling,” C.J. says. “We need peace, we gotta have it. That’s why I have my grandson talking in the beginning, because if we don’t get it together, where is his future?”
Rounding out the album are three C.J. Chenier originals: “Red Shack Zydeco,” which C.J. calls “a true zydeco song”; “Zydeco Boogie,” which he co-authored with an old friend, Wilbert “T.A.” Miller; and
“Ridin’ With Uncle Cleveland.” Uncle Cleveland would be Cleveland Chenier, Clifton’s late older brother and the acknowledged master of zydeco washboard. Says C.J., “He’s the grandfather of the washboard. Nobody has the technique he had. My uncle Cleveland used to call me sometimes on Sundays and he’d say, ‘I’m coming to pick you up. We’re gonna take a ride.’ We’d go ride around. He’d always have a half pint of Crown Royale in his top coat pocket. He’d pick me up on Sundays and him and me would hit a club here and hit a club there, and just have a good time.”
Indeed, C.J. Chenier has been having a good time doing what he does for more than three decades. He was still in his teens when he started out, playing in funk bands in his hometown of Port Arthur, Texas. C.J.’s life changed when Clifton asked his son—who had played saxophone and keyboards before picking up his dad’s instrument, the accordion—to join his Red Hot Louisiana Band. “My mother told me that he was always saying that when I get old enough he was going to try to get me in his band,” says C.J. “I never thought it was gonna happen.”
When that time did come, C.J. admits, he didn’t quite “get” zydeco music at first. “I just didn’t understand it. It all sounded the same to me. Until I started playing it. Then I was able to understand what was going on. But every time I heard it my feet were tapping and my head was boppin’. It was such a fun music and the people partied so hard that I fell in love.”
By the time Clifton passed away in 1987, C.J. knew that his life’s calling was to continue his father’s work—not to play the way Clifton did but to bring zydeco into the present. “My daddy always told me to do the best I can do in my style,” he says. “You master what you do. He told me, ‘Be yourself.’ Clifton Chenier already did his thing. I’m trying to just be C.J. Chenier.”
Make no mistake about: C.J. Chenier is a master too, and Can’t Sit Down is surely this master’s masterwork!