Entertainer’s Bios

This year’s bands include Grammy-nominated Savoy Family Cajun Band, C’est Bon Cajun Band, Grammy-nominated Feufollet, Curley Taylor and Zydeco Trouble, Grammy winner Chubby Carrier, Grammy-nominated Geno Delafose, and Grammy-nominated Lisa Haley & The Zydekats!

Entertainer Bios

 The Savoy Family Cajun Band plays honed down, hard-core Cajun music laced with an earthy sensuality. In their hands, the old tunes have been revived and returned to new life. Marc and Ann Savoy and their sons Joel and Wilson are strong individual musicians working together to create a tight, intense sound. Maintaining a more acoustic approach to Cajun music, the Savoy Family Cajun Band can nonetheless hold its own amongst Cajun music lovers everywhere, and takes pride in drawing considerable power from four acoustic instruments. Sometimes the group demonstrates the way Cajun music has evolved by featuring the early double fiddle – triangle sound or an accordion – fiddle duet. Early French ballads are added to the program to show other historic elements of early southwest Louisiana.

Savoy Family Band

 

 Geno Delafose is a zydeco accordionist and singer. He is one of the younger generations of the genre who has created the sound known as the nouveau zydeco. His sound is deeply rooted in traditional Creole music with strong influences from Cajun music and also country and western. His father is the famous zydeco accordion player John Delafose. Geno was born and raised in Eunice, Louisiana. At the age of eight, he joined his father’s band, the Eunice Playboys as a rubboard player[2] and continued to play with the band until his father’s death in 1994. He also appeared on the several of the bands recordings. He switched to the accordion in the early 1990s and started to play as an opening act for his father. In 1994, he debuted with album French Rockin’ Boogie on Rounder Records. The name of this album also became the name of his band with whom he still plays with today. He released two more albums from the label, before signing with Time Square label to release Everybody’s Dancin’ in 2003. He has also appeared on the compilation album Creole Bred: A Tribute to Creole & Zydeco released in 2004 on Vanguard Records. He has been nominated for a Grammy Award in the “Best Zydeco Or Cajun Music Album” category for his Le Cowboy Creole album (2007).

Geno Delafose

 


Feufollet
Welcome to the world of Feufollet, a band both deeply rooted in the francophone soil of Louisiana and pushing boldly into unexplored yet utterly natural varieties of Cajun experience. Though famous for their renditions of heartbreaking songs and rollicking tunes, the quintet breaks new ground on En Couleurs (Feufollet Records; June 8, 2010) featuring originals that draw on deep roots tempered by a cutting edge of contemporary life. Beyond mere language, however, Feufollet’s originals capture the spirit of Cajun tradition without kowtowing to it. “Au Fond du Lac” paints a picture of love gone wrong in shades taken from nature, from the trees, blossoms, and lakes. Yet in quirky contrast to the traditional imagery, the chorus was honed by singer and songwriter Anna Laura Edmiston on her iPhone voice recorder on a 28-hour cross-country drive to Los Angeles. These originals flowed out of the band’s lives, inspired by their long-standing love of Cajun tradition and the new genre-bending indie spirit that has infused the Lafayette, Louisiana scene they call home.

C ‘est Bon Cajun Dance Band
What do you get when the women of NY’s top Cajun bands combine their musical talents? C’est Bon Cajun Dance Band: hard-rockin, foot-stompin, girl-powered Cajun dance hall music! C’est Bon includes the three original Cri de Bayou members, Barbara Sanders on accordion, Jane Delisa and Susi Mills (Bayou Road Krewe) on twin fiddles, Betsy Fuller (All Night Ramblers) on guitar, and Evelyn Schneider (Jesse Lege and Bayou Brew) on bass. These harmonious sisters have been singing and playing Cajun dance hall music to crowds in the northeast for over seventeen years, keeping the spirit alive and well. They’ll rock the house and keep you dancing from start to finish!
Lisa Haley and the Zydecats
Since beginning in 1995, Lisa Haley & the Zydekats are today the world’s most beloved Americana/Cajun/Zydeco band. Lisa’s blue violin and soaring, compelling “cornbread” voice combines elements of every American Roots genre, endearing this fourth-generation fiddler, dancer, vocalist, and songwriter to all ages. She has charted on Billboard and been nominated for the GRAMMY. Among her fans are Keb’Mo’ and Little Richard. The most joyful Americana/Cajun/Zydeco act on tour today! Prepare to catch “Zydecosis!”

Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band
Chubby began his musical career at the age of 12 by playing drums with his father’s band. He began playing the accordion at the age of 15. By age 17, Chubby had begun to play with Terrance Siemien and toured the world for 2 1/2 years, before forming his own band in 1989. Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band have recorded ten CDs over the past 22 years of Chubby’s professional career. His band has traveled all over the world, performing to audiences in all parts of the United States, including Alaska and Hawaii, Canada. North Africa and Europe. Chubby and the band travel 150-175 days a year, taking his act to big festivals such as the New Orleans Jazz Fest, the Chicago Blues Fest. Summerfest (Milwaukee), Memphis in May, and several festivals in Europe. Chubby has also done guest appearances on recordings for Tab Benoit, 6Was9, and Jimmy Thackery. Ann Wilson of the group Heart encourages Chubby to “continue the great sound that you have. This sound will take you places.”

Curley Taylor and Zydeco Trouble
Curley Taylor & Zydeco Trouble play Highway 99 Blues Club. Hailing from Sunset, Louisiana, Curley is the son of Zydeco legend Jude Taylor. He played drums in his father’s band and accordion for Geno Delafose’s French Rockin’ Boogie before striking out on his own as a bandleader, earning praise for his energetic yet soulful sound. Curley and his band bring lots of Louisiana music to the stage, flavored with the blues, soul and, of course, Zydeco. This music is tailor-made for dancing.
 
DANCE INSTRUCTORS
 
Glenn Laigast & Lori Betraut
Glenn Laigast and Lori Bertaut, who are both South Louisiana natives, dance and teach in the New Orleans area twice a week. They have successfully taught many area students how to dance Zydeco, Cajun and Whiskey River. Glenn has been doing Cajun dancing since he was a teenager, because his mother was Cajun-French from Southwest Louisiana. He was introduced to Zydeco over 26 years ago. Lori, who’s background is Ballroom, was raised in a dancing family. Her dad taught dancing for Arthur Murray Studios for many years. Lori’s introduction to Zydeco and Cajun dancing happened in 2006. Their dance classes have been very successful as they have increased in numbers monthly. They, along with some of their students, are seen dancing at many festivals and also in movie shoots such as Treme. Lori and Glenn have previously taught dance at the Gator By The Bay Festival in San Diego, Medina Lake Festival in San Antonio area, Daphne Festival in Alabama, and many local dance festivals in South Louisiana.
Sharon Stern & Dwight Dupree
As Zydeco dance partners, Sharon Stern and Dwight Dupree emulate the minimalist Creole dance style of the Southwest Louisiana natives. When a Cajun band takes center stage, their dance style varies from the traditional waltz and two-step to a more modern jitterbug, prevalent in today’s Louisiana dance halls. Their instructional methodology removes the mystery from seemingly complicated dance steps, enabling the first-time dancer to quickly get the hang of it and “pass a good time.”
Jerry Carrier & Jarene Williams
Add to your enjoyment of the festival by learning to dance with an Introduction to Louisiana Music and Dance at a short workshop in the Cajun Waltz, Two Step, or Zydeco. Experience music and dancing indigenous to southwest Louisiana, now widely popular throughout the United States, Europe and Australia as well as other parts of the world.
Lead instructor Jerry Carrier has taught Zydeco and Cajun rhythms for 16 years, starting in Baltimore and Washington, D.C.  In Florida, he has been featured at The Florida Cajun Zydeco Festival for four years, Virginia Key Grass Roots Festival, Eckerd  College, University of Florida, First Night St. Petersburg, and many other venues. Jerry’s motto:  “If I can do this anyone can.”
Jerry will be assisted by Jarene Williams. She has a passion for dance that encompasses many genres, and has studied West African and Caribbean dance for 18 years. Swing, Latin, Zydeco, and Cajun round out her repertoire. She believes “if you never stop dancing you’ll never grow old” and enjoys sharing her love of music and dance with others. Jarene is happy to join up with Jerry again after their debut as an instructional team at the 2011 The Florida Cajun Zydeco Festival in Hollywood and Virginia Key Grass Roots Festival in Miami. Together they make it simple to learn. Laizzez les bon temps roulez!
 

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