THE BACK PORCH FESTIVAL
The Back Porch Mardi Gras Ball: C.J. Chenier & The Red Hot Louisiana Band w/ The Green Mountain Playboys
92 Race St.
Holyoke, MA, 01040
Doors 6:00 PM / Show 8:00 PM
This event is 18 and over
C.J. Chenier and The Red Hot Louisiana Band
C.J. Chenier, a Creole born and raised in an indigenous American culture with its distinct language, cuisine and music, delivers a soulful vocal and accordion! Chenier, a GRAMMY® nominated world renowned musician and recording artist, has performed alongside many internationally recognized artists including his GRAMMY® awarded father, Clifton Chenier “The King of Zydeco”, Paul Simon, Joe Sample and Ray Parker, Jr., The Gin Blossoms, and John Mayall. He has appeared on the Jon Stewart Show, CNN and was featured on VH1 and Entertainment Weekly.
C.J. has exhibited his musicianship at many large festival venues such as the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Chicago Blues Festival and Austin’s SxSW Music Conference. In addition to a GRAMMY® award nomination in the Best Regional Roots Music Album category, C.J. has received many major awards inclusive of the Living Blues Critics’ Poll Award, Indie Award (from AFIM) for Best Zydeco Album, Coups de Coeur (Blows of Heart) Blues Category Award from l'Académie Charles Cros (France) and Best of the Beat Best Zydeco Album (Offbeat Magazine).
The Green Mountain Playboys
The Green Mountain Playboys play high energy Cajun music made for dancing. Based in the traditional Cajun style of southwest Louisiana, the Playboys feature twin fiddles, accordion, electric guitar, bass, and drums. They play two-steps, blues, and waltzes with a fresh, modern approach to time-tested songs of love, heartbreak, and intrigue. The band is a confluence of accomplished musicians whose single goal is to bring you hot dance music. They have shared a stage with Cajun greats such as Steve Riley, the Revelers, Dewey Balfa, Jesse Lege, Tracy Schwarz and many others.