Dirk Powell & Cedric Watson
Sunday, December 15, 2013, 8:00 pm (doors open at 7:00 pm)

old-time, cajun & creole

$24.50 adv / $26.50 door

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December 15 8:00 pm

Dirk Powell & Cedric WatsonTwo great Louisiana talents—Dirk Powell and Cedric Watson—join forces to explore the crosscurrents of three great Americana musical tributaries: Cajun, Creole and old-time Appalachian traditions.

As a child in Kentucky, Dirk learned guitar from his father and banjo and fiddle from his grandfather. He studied classical piano early on, but found that the music being handed to him by family resonated more deeply. His love for traditional music found him spending most of his teenage years traveling around remote parts of the Southern US, eventually landing in Louisiana, where he learned Creole and Cajun music from his mentors Dewey Balfa and Alphonse Ardoin. He has recorded and toured with Emmylou Harris, Levon Helm, Jack White, Joan Baez, Steve Earle, Kris Kristofferson, Linda Ronstadt and Jackson Browne, and worked with film directors Ang Lee, Anthony Minghella, Spike Lee, Victor Nuñez and Steve James. Dirk is a founding member of the Cajun group Balfa Tojours and is regularly featured on the series The Transatlantic Sessions.

Cedric is a fiddler, singer, accordionist, and songwriter. He left Texas for Louisiana at 19, immersing himself in French music and language. He's performed with the Pine Leaf Boys, Corey Ledet, Les Amis Creole with Ed Poullard and J.B. Adams, and with his own group, Bijou Creole. With an apparently bottomless repertoire of songs at his fingertips, Cedric plays everything from forgotten Creole melodies and obscure Dennis McGee reels to more modern Cajun and Zydeco songs, even occasionally throwing in a bluegrass fiddle tune or an old string band number. Cedric’s albums are a tapestry of pulsing rhythms and Creole poetry, his concerts are both progressive and nostalgic. “We don’t want to forget that one of the biggest contributions to our culture, music and heritage was made by the Native Americans. I find that the old Zydeco rhythms sound like a mix of African and Native American ceremonial rhythms. This mélange very possibly came about through the intermingling of the Native American population and the Maroons.”

For a whirlwind tour of traditional American music from the Southeast, catch Dirk Powell and Cedric Watson at the Freight.

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