Cedric Watson & Bijou Creole, Red Stick Ramblers | Duke Campus: Reynolds Industries Theater | Clubs & Concerts | Indy Week
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Cedric Watson & Bijou Creole, Red Stick Ramblers 

When: Sat., Nov. 13, 8 p.m. 2010
Price: $26-34

When you're talking the rich musical and cultural heritage of Louisiana, the discussion is not so much about tradition as it is traditions. Take the new live record Creole Moon: Live from Blue Moon Saloon from young bandleader Cedric Watson and his group Bijou Creole. Attach an ear to the speaker, and you'll hear zydeco, Cajun and blues. There's a tease of second-line beat, and there are two-steps that propel you across the dance floor in a blink. An electric guitar-steered instrumental gives way to a ballad sung in French, and an African kora holds court in the mix for a couple of tunes. It's music under a variety of flags, all flying in an accordion-conjured tailwind.

Bill-sharers and fellow hybridists Red Stick Ramblers are no truer to any one style. The Lafayette-based quintet's sound builds a wooden bridge between Cajun, old-time, jazz, swing and country and western; then the Ramblers command you to dance across it to prove its durability. It might sway, but it's incredibly sturdy.—Rick Cornell

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