Includes Cajun/Zydeco dance lesson with Diana Castillo at 8 pm.
Cajun women musicians band together as Ashkenaz and Women Drummers International celebrate Women’s History Month with our March series of special concerts and workshops, the Maestra Series. The series features women musicians, dancers, and poets from around the world. The nights are filled with inspired culture, singing, dancing, drumming, performers in new groupings, once-only collaborations, and reunions of pioneering women musicians.
All-woman all-star Cajun band Suzy Thompson et Ses Amies, aka the Lafayette Sisters, delivers a night of the hottest classic Cajun tunes in a benefit for Lafayette, Louisiana’s Faith House, a nonprofit domestic violence crisis center. Fiddler-singer-bandleader Thompson explains, “I wanted to do something to give back to the place where the music comes from – southwest Louisiana. And, because it’s a Women’s History Month event, I wanted to give the proceeds to an organization that would benefit women, in southwest Louisiana.”
This once-only Lafayette Sisters band features members of the Aux Cajunals, Creole Belles, Midnite Ramblers, and other groups that play regularly at Ashkenaz’s Tuesday Cajun-zydeco nights. In addition to Suzy Thompson, the Lafayette Sisters are Agi Ban, Karen Celia Heil, Karen Leigh, Delilah Lee Lewis ,and Allegra Thompson, plus special guests. Those guests include Sauce Piquante accordionist Blair Kilpatrick, author of the book, “Accordion Dreams: A Journey into Cajun and Creole Music.”
“We’ve all known each other a long, long time,” Suzy Thompson says. “I was Delilah’s fiddle teacher – it’s because of me that she took up Cajun fiddling! We’ve all known each other for at least 30 years now. Maybe more! Except for Allegra (Suzy’s daughter), who is only 28. But we’ve never all played together onstage. This will be a first!”
The music will include lots of old-time Cajun music, some with accordion, some fiddle-based. And, because they both spent time with the late fiddle legend Dennis McGee, who made some of the first Cajun recordings in the 1920s, Suzy and Delilah will play some of his tunes.
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Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center
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).