Cajun and Zydeco Take the Stage

An intimate venue with only 132 seats, the Arts Council’s Centre for the Arts makes attending a concert there like being in a cozy home with fantastic acoustics. On Saturday, November 3, The Crawdaddies, a Baltimore based Cajun influenced band perform at the Centre for a benefit concert. This popular group combines some of Louisiana’s Cajun, Zydeco and Blues sounds with North Eastern Roots Rock, Americana, and Ska influences creating a unique sound that is fun to listen to and impossible not to dance to.

Together since 1995, band members are: Kraig Greff, accordion, piano; Chris Huntington, vocals, guitar; Chris Everett, vocals, guitar, washboard; Bob Hill, drums, vocals and Dan Hones, bass, vocals.

Consummate headliners, the eclectic, good-time band have shared the stage with a wide range of artists including: Etta James, Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, Trombone Shorty, Dr. John, Charlie Daniels, Last Train Home, Buddy Guy, Jimmy Cliff, Carbon Leaf, CJ Chenier, John Eddie, Joan Jett, The Spinners, Kid Creole and the Coconuts, Terrance Simien, G. E. Smith, Marshall Crenshaw, The Young Dubliners, Buckwheat Zydeco, and Reel Big Fish to name a few.

The band has been featured in Dirty Linen magazine three times, has toured the USA extensively including performances at Summerfest in Ann Arbor, MI, Gumbo Ya Ya Festival in Rock Island, IL, the DC BBQ Battle, Virginia Wine Festival, The Barbecue Festival in Lexington, NC and the American Music Festival. Their performance from the famous WC Handy Blues Festival in Henderson, KY is featured on the PBS music program “Jubilee.” They have four CD’s to date and have been nominated for “Best Roots Rock Band” by the Washington Area Music Association in 2011 and 2007. The Crawdaddies song “Cuttin’ the Body Loose” was a finalist in the 2010 New Orleans Songwriters Festival. They won three 2009 DC TIVA Peer awards for “Love that Natty Boh” and CD “Keep Lookin’ Up” (Louddust Recordings) was nominated for a 2009 JPF Music Award. Their song “Gimme Some” won the Silver award in the 2008 Mid-Atlantic Song Contest and in July 2007 it also landed in the top 20 of the Unisong International Song Contest Category: AAA/American.   The music video for the song “The Life of Riley” won an award at the 2007 BVA Film Festival and CD “Spice it Up” won awards in two categories at the 2006 JPF Music Awards, Santa Anna, California.

The performance is at the Centre for the Arts at 206 S. Commerce Street in Centreville, Maryland. Tickets can be purchased before November 3 for $30 and for $35 at the door if seating is available. There will be an After Party following the concert to meet the band, enjoy light fare and a cash bar is available. Please call 410.758.2520 for information. Will Call reservations made for advance sales. This concert is presented by the Arts Council and sponsored by Don Cameron, Bank Annapolis and Kathy Coursey. The Arts Council is a non-profit organization supported in part by a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council.

The Queen Anne’s County Arts Council is a non-profit organization committed to promoting, expanding and sustaining the arts. We connect artists to audiences and the community to the arts. Visit us on the web: arts4u.info

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