Good news for alt-country fans living in the west!
The Dallas-native Old 97’s are on tour promoting a brand new album due out April 29. Along for the tour is South Carolina-born, retro moody singer-songwriter Nikki Lane.
If you like Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings with an updated twist and a dash of rock and roll, Old 97’s is right up your alley.
Having attended a few Old 97’s shows back in the day, I can validate that the band knows how to entertain a crowd. Like their new song says, they’ve been doing this longer than I’ve been alive. I won’t do the math, but I’d say that estimate might be close to accurate.
As Southerners living far from the motherland know, we have to take advantage of homegrown fun when it comes our way. Below are the upcoming tour dates for the western U.S. Click here for full schedule.
Sat Apr 12 – Sunstation – Copper Mountain, CO
Tues May 6 – Rialto Theatre – Tucson, AZ
Wed May 7 – The Crescent Ballroom – Phoenix, AZ
Thu May 8 – Belly Up Tavern – Solana Beach, CA
Fri May 9 – El Rey Theatre – Los Angeles, CA
Sat May 10 – The Fillmore – San Francisco, CA
Mon May 12 – Showbox at the Market – Seattle, WA
Tue May 13 – Wonder Ballroom – Portland, OR
Wed May 14 – Knitting Factory Concert House – Boise, ID
Thu May 15 – Urban Lounge – Salt Lake City, UT
(Cascade Zydeco Facebook)
If you live in the Pacific Northwest, get ready to smile.
Cascade Zydeco is a non-profit association dedicated to bringing zydeco and Cajun music and dance to the Northwest by sponsoring dances with live bands, lessons and special events.
CZ hosts weekly Cajun and zydeco dances and lessons in Portland, OR and Vancouver, WA.
No dance experience? Don’t worry, they say if you’re smiling, you’re doing it right.
Here’s the scoop:
(Cascade Zydeco Facebook)
What: Basic zydeco lessons
When: Lessons start at 7:15 p.m. with CD dancing from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m. (when there is no live band)
Cost: $6 general public, $4 CZ members
Where: First Wednesdays at Alberta Street Pub, 1036 NE Alberta Street in Portland, Oregon
Second and Fifth Wednesdays at Polish Hall, 3832 N Interstate Ave in Portland, Oregon
Check out Vancouver Zydeco Sundays at the Silver Star Saloon, 6718 Northeast 4th Plain Road in Vancouver, WA.
Vancouver Zydeco is a casual evening of zydeco dancing from 7 – 9 p.m. every Sunday. Lessons for beginners are available on request. Admission is free!
“Like” Cascade Zydeco on Facebook for all their upcoming events.
It was a complete accident that I saw this band at the Oyster Ridge Music Festival in Kemmerer, WY a few years ago. Watch the embedded video below and you’ll understand how happy I was to stumble upon L’Angelus (pronounced LAWN JAY LOOSE). Their music brings swampy Cajun flavor to even the most arid parts of the world.
They’ve even opened for the Pope. Yes, they are THAT cool.
This band of brothers and sisters hail from Lafayette, Louisiana, which explains the number of tour dates at Catholic venues. Even if you’re not religious, seeing this band live will be a religious experience – it’s that fun and they’re that good.
Here are some upcoming tour dates that “out of pocket” Southerners can enjoy. Don’t fret if you don’t see your city – they tour far and wide and often. Check out their Facebook page for the latest news.
April 25 – David Foster Foundation Theater – Victoria, Canada
April 26 – David Foster Foundation Theater – Victoria, Canada
May 3 – St. John’s Festival – Indianapolis, IN
July 12 – Byzantine Catholic Youth Conference – Emmitsburg, MD
August 1- Midwest Catholic Family Conference – Wichita, KS