Includes Cajun/Zydeco dance lesson at 8 pm.
The amazing traditional Louisiana Cajun duo Jesse Lége & Joel Savoy (www.jesseandjoel.com) return for a night of authentic, acoustic dance music. We welcome them back for this deep immersion into real Cajun roots music from Southwest Louisiana. After a long break, tonight is their first date of a month-long summer tour. Lége on accordion and Savoy on fiddle will be joined by Joel’s wife Kelli Jones-Savoy on guitar and fiddle as well as a drummer. They’ll play traditional Cajun dance hall music along with some of Lége’s own tunes that have become a part of the traditional Cajun repertoire.
Jesse Lége defines traditional Louisiana dance hall music. His unmistakable, hard-driving style of accordion playing and his powerful voice get even the most staid listeners up on the dance floor. Lége has been honored with nearly every Cajun music award extant, including induction into the Cajun Music Hall of Fame in 1998.
Joel Savoy, son of Cajun music royalty Marc and Ann Savoy, is one of the most requested fiddlers in Southwest Louisiana today. Growing up in Eunice, Louisiana, literally at the feet of Cajun heroes like Dennis McGee, Dewey Balfa, Michael Doucet, and Wade Frugé (to name a few), Joel experienced a strong sense of what makes Cajun “Cajun”; as a result, he has developed a fiddle style that is at once authentic and on the cutting edge. In performance he represents his culture with an authority that few people his age can, and his playing leaves no doubt that Cajun music is still very much alive. He can be found playing with just about every band in Southwestern Louisiana at some time or other, though most often he’s seen with his brother Wilson (leader of the Pine Leaf Boys, who return to Ashkenaz on July 2) and their parents in the Savoy Family Band. In 2006 Savoy launched Valcour Records, which has garnered one Grammy Award and seven Grammy nominations to date. He’s worked and played with T Bone Burnett, Steve Earle, Linda Ronstadt, and most recently John Fogerty. Burnett summed it up when he said, “Everything Joel Savoy touches turns to music.”
When & Where
Ashkenaz is the East Bay's home to world music & dance... established 1973; nonprofit since 1997. We are always all ages! Kids 12 & under are admitted free unless otherwise noted.
All of our online ticket sales are will call. We will have a list of ticket buyers at the door; you do not need to bring a printout of your ticket/order confirmation.
Doors open 30 minutes before showtime, or 30 minutes before the dance lesson if there is one, unless otherwise noted.
Ashkenaz's Café opens when doors open and offers beer (draft and bottled), wine, kombucha, juices, sodas, coffee and tea, and snacks and light meals (all vegetarian, mostly organic).