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Nathan & the Zydeco Cha Chas

Nathan & the Zydeco Cha Chas

July 08, 2018 at 7pm

Nathan & the Zydeco Cha Chas will have you dancing to the sounds of South Louisiana with their festive, accordion-driven, zydeco music. Known for the dynamic, high-energy live shows that cross cultural barriers to reach into the hearts of their audience, the group was formed in 1985 and is led by Louisiana native Nathan Williams on accordion. Growing up in a Creole-speaking home in St. Martinville, La., Williams was influenced by the rich folk traditions of his hometown. He follows in the footsteps of his uncle, Cajun guitarist Harry Hypolite, as well as pioneering zydeco icons like Clifton Chenier and his mentor, Buckwheat Zydeco. The Zydeco Cha-Chas are a close-knit musical family, comprised of Williams' brother, guitarist Dennis Paul; his nephew, Djuan Francis, on rubboard and accordion; his brother-in-law, Clarence Calais, on rubboard; and bassist Junius Antoine, who the band loves “like a brother.”

The group has performed at some the most prestigious venues across the country, including Lincoln Center in New York and the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. They have been featured in The New York Times, Essence and People magazines and on the cover of USA Today. Nathan & the Zydeco Cha-Chas have received the coveted Big Easy Award for Best Zydeco Band for several years running and their music has been featured in films such as In the Electric Mist starring Tommy Lee Jones and the 1994 documentary The Kingdom of Zydeco. The group has worked with diverse artists such as Cindy Lauper, Michael Doucet and Buddy Guy. In 2005, Williams was inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame and received the Zydeco Music Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2017. 



Opening Act

Seasaw at 6pm

Seasaw layers dynamic vocal harmonies over lush soundscapes to create a powerful and magnetic sound that is ready to invade your favorite 'feel-good' playlist. Comprised of Eve Wilczewski and Meg Golz, who represent the sea and saw respectively, the folk-pop duo first met in 2010 while working together at a small-town restaurant in Freeport, Ill. Seasaw’s 2016 album Too Much of a Good Thing was named one of the Top 5 underground albums of July 2016 by Nerdist and the duo was named the Top Emerging Artist at the Wisconsin Summerfest that same month. Their song “Into the White” was listed as one of Daytrotter’s Best Songs of 2016. Seasaw has performed with artists such as Lucius, Thao and the Get Down Stay Down and SOAK.


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