Date: February 14, 2019
Time: 7:00 pm
ABOUT BACKSTAGE PASS
The Backstage Pass series was launched in October 2018 to provide a different type of intimate performances to attract new audiences to the theater. One Thursday each month, this event features an up-and-coming band that plays on the Weill Center stage, with their backs to the auditorium. Why? Because the audience is “backstage!” Guests get an all-access pass to hang out backstage with the band, complete with bar access, appetizers for purchase, and seating – and room to dance! The “cover charge” is $5 CASH ONLY at the door. Space is limited to 140 people and guests must be 21+.
About Cajun Strangers
The Cajun Strangers are one of the Midwest’s premier Cajun music dance bands. Born out of their love for Louisiana porch music, the band performs Cajun and Zydeco dance music with “unbridled energy and contagious enthusiasm that’s more than enough to entice the most sedentary patron to rise up and shake what their mama gave’em.” (Dirty Linen Magazine)
The Strangers’ first two CDs were featured on the Swallow Records label (based out of Ville Platte, LA), and both won the esteemed award titled the “Prix Dehors De Nous” (The Best Outside of Us) from the Cajun French Music Association in Louisiana. Their third and latest CD, “Louisiana Boogie,” released in 2014, is currently in the running for a third award.
Offbeat Magazine, the New Orleans music magazine, recently declared in their enthusiastic review of Louisiana Boogie, “While the group covers tunes from Lawrence Walker, Iry LeJeune and Belton Richard well, what’s amazing is its depth and versatility.” At a Strangers show, you are likely to hear traditional Cajun, Zydeco, Cajun swing and Cajun blues.
The Strangers feature accordionist, Tom “Big Nick” Nickel, who created the popular Milwaukee based bnd, “Big Nick and the Cydecos,” well respected fiddler Brian O’Donnell, and guitarist, Scott Mullarky, who grew up in a French-speaking home in the Lafayette area. Scott has also has run the popular New Orleans style jug band Boo Bradley of Madison for many years. The rhythm section is filled out by bassist Joel Johnson and drummer Colin Bazsali.