Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Every genre has its defining figureheads. Folk has its Woody Guthrie and Bob Dylan; rock has its Elvis, Chuck Berry and the Beatles. When it comes to contemporary traditional Cajun music, there is the Grammy award - winning BeauSoleil.
BeauSoleil will perform their special brand of music on Saturday, Jan. 23, at 7:30 p.m. at the third annual Live Art at the Townsend Center. In addition to the evening concert, band members will host a free Strings Workshop for music lovers in the community at 3 p.m. Early reservations for the workshop is recommended because of limited seating.
Since their beginning in 1975, BeauSoleil has elevated Cajun music to a genre of international acclaim and has garnered 11 Grammy nominations along the way. The band’s most recent Grammy nomination highlights their 2009 release “Alligator Purse.” The 2010 Grammy Award Ceremony is scheduled at the end of January.
BeauSoleil daringly blends zydeco, Tex-Mex, western swing, blues, New Orleans traditional jazz and Caribbean calypso into their framework. For more information on the band and their events at the Townsend Center or to listen to their unique sound, visit http://www.townsendcenter.org.
Tickets are $38 for all ages and $10 for UWG students. The Townsend Center Box Office is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and one hour before show times. Call 678-839-4722 for reservations and directions to the theatre.