Though many might not remember the short-lived traditional Cajun ensemble Tee Chaoui Social Club, the now-defunct band has had a big impact on our local French music scene in recent years. After the group called it quits, the members continued their quest to fill the void of back-to-basics dance music in the downtown Lafayette scene. These two bands will perform together this Friday evening at Artmosphere.
Social Club rhythm section consisting of Alan Lafleur and Sean Bruce and fiddler Jourdan Thibodeaux went on to form Les Rôdailleurs. Creole roots revivalist Cedric Watson was picked to provide his accordion talents to compliment Thibodeaux's original compositions. The quintet sort of sounds like a stripped down zydeco band with producer Joel Savoy on acoustic guitar and Lafleur pushing the groove on upright bass. Imagine if Bois Sec Ardoin and Canray Fontenot were backed by the Lost Bayou Ramblers in their early years. The band's first album was released on Savoy's Valcour Records and received a great amount of critical acclaim that elevated the new group to be one of the most sought after acts in Louisiana.
Tee Chaoui guitarist and singer Jamie Lynn Fontenot went on to team up with honky-tonk wanderer Miriam McCracken to form The Daiquiri Queens. The two tapped New Orleans area players Tysman Charpentier, John Dowden, and Chelsea "Cheech" Moose to join their dance band along with Lafayette country chanteuse Sabra Guzman on bass. Originally assembled to perform at the 2017 Blackpot Festival, the traditional Cajun outfit gained a quick loyal and enthusiastic following which led to their invitations to this year's Festival International, New Orleans Jazz Fest, and the Texas Folk Life Accordion Kings and Queens Festival. Their debut album is currently in the works at Chris Stafford's Staffland Studio.
Several tracks from Les Rôdailleurs' Boue, Boucane, et Bouteilles will kick off this week's playlist along with some selections from Dale Dugas. Her album Chanteuse Cajinne featured several songs penned by swamp pop legend Johnnie Allan which have been recently revived by the Daiquiri Queens. You'll hear "Mes deux beaux-frères" and "Quelqu'un que je connaissais" from the late Cajun-country vocalist next to the 21st-century juré (a creole acapella song form) of Thibodeaux's "Blues reconnaissant" and his r&b en français "Vas t'en". Also in the mix are tunes from the various artists performing in Lafayette this week that I have listed below. Included are a few from Marc Broussard, Pet Fangs, and even some Black Sabbath.
Live music in Lafayette this week
Friday, May 31 at 9:30 pm
Jourdan Thibodeaux et Les Rôdailleurs with The Daiquiri Queens
Saturday, June 1 at 9:00 pm
Marc Broussard and Pet Fangs
Rock n' Bowl
Saturday, June 1 at 9:00 pm
Black Sabbitch with Camps and Circus Genetic