Win Tickets ($50): BeauSoleil Avec Michael Doucet @ Aladdin Theater | Cajun Music, New French Louisiana Music

We are giving away a pair of tickets to BeauSoleil Avec Michael Doucet @ Aladdin Theater on May 13. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Monday, May 9.


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May 13, 2016
Doors 7 p.m., Show 8 p.m. | $25 | Minors OK w/ Guardian

Aladdin Theater
3017 SE Milwaukie Ave, Portland, OR 97202

For the past 37 years, BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet has been making some of the most potent and popular Cajun music on the planet. Born out of the rich Acadian ancestry of its members, and created and driven by bandleader Michael Doucet’s spellbinding fiddle playing and soulful vocals, BeauSoleil is notorious for bringing even the most staid audience to its feet. BeauSoleil’s distinctive sound derives from the distilled spirits of New Orleands jazz, blues rock, folk, swamp pop, Zydeco, country and bluegrass, captivating listeners from the Jazz and Heritage Festival in New Orleans, to Carnegie Hall, then all the way across the pond to Richard Thompson’s Meltdown Festival in England.

For their first studio release in four years, and the 25th in their 40-year career, BeauSoleil teamed up with Nashville- based roots music label Compass Records. The band named the new album From Bamako to Carencro, a title that alludes to the cultural and migratory connection between Bamako, in Mali, West Africa, and Louisiana (symbolized in name by the Lafayette, LA. suburb of Carencro), a connection that draws a sonic bloodline back to BeauSoleil’s roots. On the album’s 11 tracks, the band performs with a resounding authenticity all the while bringing a refreshed playfulness to the genre—the fiddle, flatpicked guitar and accordion carry driving melodies over the two-step and waltz dance beats characteristic of their Cajun and Zydeco music, but not without the country, jazz and blues leanings that informed the genre in the 1920s. They channel the godfathers of other music as well by including a Cajun/La La- style reimagining of James Brown’s classic 1962 Live at the Apollo version of “I’ll Go Crazy” and a swing version of John Coltrane’s tune-de-force “Bessie’s Blues.” Guitarist David Doucet even tucks an occasional Lester Flatt-style bluegrass G-run into his highly melodic guitar solos.

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18 Responses to Win Tickets ($50): BeauSoleil Avec Michael Doucet @ Aladdin Theater | Cajun Music, New French Louisiana Music

  1. Linda S May 3, 2016 at 9:56 am #

    I love this type of music. You can not sit still. it is so alive. I would love to go.

  2. Alex May 3, 2016 at 3:55 pm #

    because it sounds awesome!

  3. Dereth Salchak May 4, 2016 at 10:21 am #

    Just got back from Tennessee – I would love to hear some good bayou tunes!

  4. Christina May 5, 2016 at 2:29 pm #

    Zydeco, baby, Zydeco

  5. Harriet May 5, 2016 at 3:23 pm #

    My husband and I love Cajun music. Would be perfect to celebrate our 47th anniversary.

  6. Sarah G May 5, 2016 at 3:24 pm #

    These guys sound amazing! Went to New Orleans a few years ago and this would be the next best thing to going back.

  7. Scott May 5, 2016 at 3:40 pm #

    It would be fun to get in touch with my inner Coonass by seeing these boys play next week, Good thing my two-step is also imaginary, as the Aladdin would not quite have the room to make that happen to any good effect.

  8. T_dah May 5, 2016 at 4:20 pm #

    Cajun dance party? Sign me up. My SO will loose this!

  9. Tom P May 5, 2016 at 4:35 pm #

    Sounds good, I’m in

  10. Ditty Nicolaides May 5, 2016 at 4:36 pm #

    Et TOI, mon cher!

  11. johanna May 5, 2016 at 5:00 pm #

    Love to see the show :)

  12. johanna lovell May 5, 2016 at 5:08 pm #

    Yes please.

  13. Anne May 5, 2016 at 9:19 pm #

    I’ve been a BeauSoleil fan for a long time.

  14. Jenn May 5, 2016 at 9:45 pm #

    Yes please!

  15. panda May 6, 2016 at 1:15 am #

    zydeco yaya

  16. Alexander May 8, 2016 at 5:57 pm #

    They’ve been my favorite Cajun band for as long as I can remember. It’s been years since I’ve seen them. I’d love to see them again.

  17. Bridget May 9, 2016 at 9:24 am #

    New Orleans music is the jam! I’d love to check this out!

  18. Diane Henkels May 12, 2016 at 4:44 pm #

    Too late–trop tard, zut alors–rats! Our 6 year old would have had two guardians and been greatly influenced!

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