Michael Doucet, fiddle & vocals
David Doucet, acoustic guitar & vocals
Billy Ware, percussion
Tommy Alesi, drums
Chad Huval, accordions
Ben Williams, bass guitar
BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet (BeauSoleil), the biggest band in Cajun music and two-time Grammy winner, rings in the holidays with a live-streamed concert of French Music intended to make you grin and have a good time. Led by Michael Doucet, “a consummate violinist of the highest order” (Pop Matters), BeauSoleil’s exuberant offering of Cajun and Creole music, spiced with zydeco, New Orleans jazz, Tex-Mex, folk, and other styles will spark visions of Santa’s sleigh pulled by alligators, holiday bonfires on the Mississippi River levees, vibrant Christmas parades, and tables and tables of traditional Christmas seafood gumbo, oyster dressing, red beans and rice, crawfish, and pralines.
BeauSoleil is Michael Doucet, fiddle, vocals, arranger/composer; his brother, David Doucet, acoustic guitar, vocals; Billy Ware, percussion; Tommy Alesi, drums; Chad Huval, accordions; and Ben Williams, bass guitar and sound/engineer. The event will feature songs arrangements from Michael Doucet’s Christmas Bayou album on Swallow Records.
BeauSoleil is celebrating its 45th anniversary year. A recipient of the International Folk Alliance Lifetime Achievement Award, the group is notorious for bringing even the most staid audience to its feet. Born out of the rich Acadian ancestry of its members and driven by Doucet’s spellbinding fiddle playing and soulful vocals, BeauSoleil’s distinctive sound summons the distilled spirits of New Orleans jazz, blues rock, folk, swamp pop, Zydeco, country, and bluegrass. From Cajun waltzes, two-steps, blues, ballads, and grooves, their sound mingles innovation and tradition, exploring the perspectives and perimeters of music from Louisiana.
The livestream will take place at 5pm Eastern / 2pm Pacific.