KPAA Presents “The Cajun Strangers”

KPAA Presents “The Cajun Strangers”

  • Location:5014 7th Ave. Kenosha WI 53140
  • Venue:Fusion
  • Length:07:30 am

The Cajun Strangers are based out of Madison, WI, and are one of the Midwest’s few and premier Cajun music dance bands.

The band has released two CDs featured on the Swallow Records label (based out of Ville Platte, LA), both of which have won the esteemed award titled the “Prix Dehors De Nous” (The Best Outside of Us) from the Cajun French Music Association in Louisiana. Their third and newest CD, “Louisiana Boogie”, is currently in the running for a third award.

The ensemble performs traditional Cajun dance music, as spawned in Southwest Louisiana, and takes great pride in their ability to authentically reproduce this energetic style just as is performed by Louisiana musicians.  The song selections consist of two steps, waltzes and blues, and are frequently sung in Cajun French.

The Strangers have recently revamped their lineup, and the band features two “actual Cajuns” now. Newly joined is drummer Chris Courville, from Lafayette, LA, who had toured for many years with the “Lost Bayou Ramblers”, and guitarist, Scott Mullarky, who grew up in a French-speaking home in the Lafayette area. Scott has also has founded the popular jug band Boo Bradley of Madison for many years. Additionally, the band features accordionist, Tom “Big Nick” Nickel, who created the popular Milwaukee based band, “Big Nick and the Cydecos”. Of course, long time members fiddler Brian O’Donnell, guitarist Colin Baszali, and the legendary Jim Schwall, of the Seigal Schwall Blues Band fame, on bass are on board as well.  http://www.cajunstrangers.com/listen.html.

Karen Holden, dance instructor.  Karen has been the dance instructor for the Cajun Strangers band almost since its formation.  She has taught Cajun and Zydeco dancing through the University of Wisconsin Mini-course series, at weddings and wedding showers, at Madison’s annual Sugar Maple Festival and at other Midwest music festivals.  She travels at least once a year to Louisiana music festivals where she takes advantage of dance lessons offered—as well as dancing almost every night with experienced Louisiana Cajun dances. Ron Perkins often assists in teaching, as he will be doing on this occasion.  Karen also has her own Cajun band, the all-women Prairie Bayou Cajun band in which she plays guitar and electric bass.

Dance Lessons will be provided at 7:30 to. Concert and more dancing begins at 8:30.

Admission $8.00 at the door.    Doors open at 7:00.