Oak & Thorn Presents Andre Thierry
Andre Thierry brings "Alternative Creole" Zydeco sound to Eagles Hall.
“In America, great migrations produce great music. Just as Delta musicians took Highway 61 to Chicago and electrified their blues, so did the Creoles and Cajuns migrate to California and establish vital dance communities. Now the California scenes rival anything back home in Louisiana, and that’s due to players like Andre Thierry, a standard bearer for the new generation. Thierry is among the best of both the West Coast and the Gulf Coast, and he combines youthful vigor with a mature appreciation for his inherited tradition.” Michael Tisserand, "The Kingdom of Zydeco"
Zydeco is of course dance music - but what if you don't know the two-step? Well, you will have a chance to learn it tomorrow night before the concert! A Thierry fan is driving over from Lake County (!) and plans to arrive by 6:30 so she can teach the Zydeco two-step to anyone who wants to learn it. Problem solved! You can easily learn the basic step in a few minutes.
Also at 6:30, Fred Woolley will be serving his homemade Jambalaya! And the bar will be open for beer, cider, and wine. We will have two beers on tap: a North German-style Ale brewed by Jack Ridley, and a California Marzen brewed by me. And thanks to Michael Arago, we have a generous donation of premium Mendocino County Chardonnay and Zinfandel from McNab Ridge Winery.
Andre is a virtuoso on all the accordion types, single row, double row, triple row and piano key. He effortlessly moves across types to deliver an energetic two-step, hard-driving blues or a blend that is his own alternative Creole sound. Thanks to his parents and grandparents, he also sings traditional songs in original Creole French.
The show starts at 7:30, so be sure to get there early enough to eat, drink, and learn the dance!
Tickets are going fast, but some are still available at Harvest Market in Fort Bragg and Out of This World in Mendocino. Online sales from http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2722108 will close at 7:30 Friday morning. We will also have some tickets available at the door.