2009-12-31 / Scene

Cajun, Creole music comes to Flint with Cedric Watson & Bijou Creole

BY NATALIE BLYTHE STAFF WRITER

Cedric Watson Photo courtesy of CedricWatson.com Cedric Watson Photo courtesy of CedricWatson.com FLINT — One of the premier talents of Cajun and Creole music will come to The Whiting when Cedric Watson and his band, Bijou Creole, takes the stage Jan. 15.

Born in 1983, Watson grew up in San Felipe, Texas surrounded by the sounds of blues, old soul, country and zydeco. Unlike his hip-hop focused peers, he was drawn to the old-style French songs of Southwest Louisiana and the greater Houston area. He soon made his way to Lafayette, Louisiana, where he was enthusiastically accepted into the musical community and immediately recognized as an important participant in the continuity of Creole music.

A fiddler, vocalist, accordionist and songwriter, he performs a variety of old-school zydeco styles, original material and Creole traditionals, along with the sounds of Africa and the Caribbean.

Watson has been making a name for himself reviving the old Creole fiddling styles of Canray Fontenot and Bebe Carrier, and is known for injecting a healthy dose of his own personality and ingenuity, and bringing them to an ever-broadening audience. He has played across the United States, as well as in France, Nova Scotia, Haiti and Spain, and has a keen interest in connecting Louisiana Creole music back to its homelands.

“I want to present the Creole Nation of Louisiana to the Creole Nations in other parts of the world, to make these Creole cultures aware of the one in Louisiana, and vice versa,” he said.

Watson has performed with some of the great family names in Creole music, including Dexter Ardoin & the Creole Ramblers, Jeffery Broussard & the Creole Cowboys and most recently, the Pine Leaf Boys.

Prices range $27-30. Students can get up to four tickets for $12 each on the day of the show with a valid student ID. Availability is not guaranteed due to sold out performances. Details or tickets: call 810-237-7333, 888-8CENTER or visit www.thewhiting.com. For more information on Watson, visit www.cedricwatson.com.

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