As its next event for the Ovations! series inaugural season, the Lively Arts at IUP will present four-time Grammy-nominated artist Cedric Watson and his band, Bijou Creole. The concert, offered just in time to celebrate Mardi Gras, will be presented Tuesday, February 7, 2012, at 8:00 p.m. in Gorell Recital Hall located in Sutton Hall. A reception will follow the concert.
The group, based in southern Louisiana, will perform a mix of zydeco styles, traditional Creole and Cajun tunes, and original material. The music is characterized as a collection of folk and dance tunes often used in traditional celebrations such as festivals, milestone events, and Mardi Gras.
One of the most noted young talents to emerge in Cajun or Creole music in the past few years, Cedric Watson is a fiddler, vocalist, accordionist, and songwriter of seemingly unlimited potential.
Watson was an essential member of the Cajun upstarts—the Pine Leaf Boys—contributing a Creole slant that helped differentiate them from other Cajun bands and bring them to international attention. In 2008, his first solo CD was nominated for a Grammy.
He then left the PLB to form his own band, Bijou Creole, with whom he continues to explore the roots of Louisiana's Creole music. In 2009, his band’s first CD was again nominated for a Grammy.
Playing a mix of old-school zydeco a, his own material, and Creole traditional tunes, the polyrhythmic and syncopated sounds of Africa and the Caribbean are unmistakable.
Cedric has been making a name for himself as one of the few young Creoles in Louisiana interested in reviving the old Creole fiddling styles of Canray Fontenot and Bebe Carrier. He has also gained speedy recognition for his adept and dynamic style on his newer instrument, the accordion.
With soaring, soulful vocals, he is injecting a healthy dose of his own personality and ingenuity into the world of zydeco. He has played all across the United States as well as in Europe, Canada, Asia, and the Caribbean.
Throughout the evening in Gorell Recital Hall, Cedric Watson et Bijou Creole will sample the “joie de vivre” of the Cajun and Creole peoples through their music, a joy that is celebrated daily in the homes and communities of Southwest Louisiana through their love of food, family, and friends.
Tickets for the event are available now online at IUPTickets.com, by calling the Hadley Union Building box office at 724-357-1313, or purchasing them at the HUB. Reserved tickets are $23 for regular admission, $18 for senior citizens, and $12 for students and children. Any seats remaining will be available at the door starting at 7:15 p.m. the night of the concert.
The Lively Arts is produced by the College of Fine Arts and is funded, in part, by the IUP Student Cooperative Association in addition to a group of over forty local, regional, state, and national partners including organizations, businesses, and institutions.
February 7, 20128:00 p.m.Gorell Recital Hall
Another rare treat for Indiana and just in time for Mardi Gras season, Cedric Watson brings his group for some authentic Louisiana Creole music triggered by Cajun and Zydeco music traditions.
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