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C.J. Chenier & The Red Hot Louisiana Band


  • WHEN Friday, August 2, 2019 at 7 p.m. Saturday, August 3, 2019 at 7 p.m.
  • WHERE Museum of Making Music, 5790 Armada Dr., Carlsbad, CA
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  • AGES All ages
  • COST $25 - $30

C.J. Chenier grew up steeped in the indigenous Louisiana Creole culture and zydeco music. His father, Clifton Chenier, was a pioneering accordionist known as “The King of Zydeco” and was the first Creole musician to win a GRAMMY. C.J. started touring with his father’s legendary Red Hot Louisiana Band when he was just 21. On the road, his father showed him how to make a career out of fronting a world-class touring band. When Clifton died in 1987, his son said it only felt natural to carry on his father’s legacy. As he told a journalist at the time, he does not try to imitate his father's playing, "I play it the way I play it. All my father really told me was to do the best I could do with my own style."

Over the course of his long and successful career, C.J. has established himself as a master zydeco and blues accordionist in his own right, performing with Paul Simon, Joe Sample, Ray Parker Jr., and more.

Museum Track Members are invited to a special VIP “Backstage Pass” event prior to the Friday, August 2 show.

Contact Alisa at 760-304-5820 or to RSVP or for more information.

Funded in part by the City of Carlsbad Cultural Arts Office.

This event is presented in conjunction with the Accordions: Expanding Voices in the USA special exhibition.

Dates and times of events are subject to change without notice. Always check the event organizer's website for the most updated schedule before attending. Check local COVID-19 restrictions and updates.

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