Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center
Berkeley, CA

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Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center
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Phone: 510-525-5054
1317 San Pablo Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94702
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Cajun/Zydeco/Blues Tom Rigney & Flambeau Doors at 7:30 pm; Cajun/Zydeco dance lesson at 8:00 pm; Show at 8:30 pm $10 He may have been crowned Emperor of the 2011 Sacramento Jazz Jubilee, but violinist-fiddler-composer and singer Tom Rigney and his band Flambeau have always been royalty at Ashkenaz. The band recently returned from the Spring Blues Festival in Belgium. When not globetrotting, they hold court here almost monthly, playing the “hits” (Cajun, zydeco, and blues classics) as well as tunes from their recent compilation CD, “Back Streets.” Heavy on the blues side of swamp music, it’s also a No. 1 hit on XM/Sirius Satellite Radio’s Bluesville channel – the third Tom Rigney blues CD in a row that has climbed to the top of the Bluesville chart. Tom Rigney & Flambeau play traditional Cajun and zydeco two-steps and waltzes along with low-down blues and New Orleans R&B. What sets them apart is Rigney’s fresh musical takes on Cajun and zydeco, and other styles he loves to play from rock to classical, creating a celebration of life through dance rhythms. Flambeau is a tight ensemble of virtuoso musicians, with guitarist Danny Caron (Charles Brown’s bandleader; he and Rigney met when both backed up Rockin’ Sidney in the ’80s), boogie-woogie keyboardist Caroline Dahl, bassist and singer Steve Parks, and drummer Brent Rampone.
Ticket Price: $10
Door Time:7:30
Show Time:8:30
Ages:All Ages

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