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Mardi Gras Get Down feat. Zydeco Connection and The Bourbon Street Blasters

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February 26, 2022 - 7pm

Presented by Hawks & Reed


Hawks & Reed Ballroom
Doors Open at 6:30 pm

All Ages

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Mardi Gras Get Down feat. Zydeco Connection and The Bourbon Street Blasters
Bourbon Street Blasters
A dangerous horn section with some New Orleans connections:?Ted Wirt (AKA Raider Eddie) on Saxophone is a local favorite on the Valley music scene for decades. For 18 years he was the musical director/arranger for the Charles Neville/Skeletones Big Band playing mostly R & B transcriptions from New Orleans groups of the 1950s. ?Mike Spencer (AKATriple Louie) on trumpet, playing for decades in a variety of musical groups including-especially Sidewheel Gambler, a traditional Dixieland group. Spencer has earned his nickname by impersonating three Crescent City personalities: Louis Armstrong, Louis Jordan, Louis Prima.
Both Wirt and Spencer are very busy with a wide variety of jazz, swing, R&B, and ethnic groups including the 4 decade Springfield Radiators
Zydeco Connection
Zydeco Connection has been bringing the irresistible sounds and infectious rhythms of zydeco from Southwestern Louisiana to New England since 2004. Dominated by the button or piano accordion and the frottoir also called the rubboard or washboard. Zydeco is guaranteed to get your toes tapping. We are from Franklin County playing a spicy mix of zydeco, waltzes, two-steps, blues, boogie woogie and some swing. We pay tribute to all the great musicians who continue to preserve, define and expand the music of rural Louisiana. Zydeco has it’s origins in Cajun music incorporating the sounds of Rhythm & Blues, adding electric guitar and bass and drums to get it’s unique blend of driving rhythms creating a music you have to dance to. In fact there’s a dance step called the zydeco and people often refer to going to the dance as going to the zydeco.


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