The Revelers: sponsored by KCCK, 88.3FM

The Revelers: sponsored by KCCK, 88.3FM


  • March 13, 2020 at 8:00pm
  • CSPS Hall
  • $17 advance | $21 door

The brash blasts of the accordion, the shuffle of feet, the wailing vocals in old French... The sound of Cajun music is well known through the United States and abroad. But for Louisiana-based band The Revelers, it’s just the start of the story. Headquartered in the city of Lafayette in Southwest Louisiana’s Cajun Country (New Orleans is home to jazz, but not a native home to Cajun music), the band is dedicated to the “holy trinity” of Cajun culture: hot music, all-night dancing, and great food. But they’re determined to explore the larger world of Louisiana music as well, and with their new album, The End of the River (Au bout de la rivière), they’re tapping into their deep lifetimes of knowledge of Swamp Pop, Zydeco, and old-school Louisiana dancehall music. They’ve synthesized all of these different traditions into a new sound, their own sound. “This is our arrival record,” says saxophonist and arranger Chris Miller. “This band started by searching for a sound that incorporated a lot of ideas. Now the process of writing songs is a much more cohesive process. We know what the Revelers sound is!” Each member contributes to that Revelers sound, from Cajun prodigy Blake Miller, whose Cajun French songwriting and accordion playing is revered among today’s players, to drummer Glenn Fields who’s equally at home playing French Congolese music as he is Cajun honky-tonk. Guitarist Chas Justus brings a deep love for the backbeats and backroads of Louisiana swamp pop, bassist Trey Boudreaux was born in Lafayette but came up in New York’s jazz scene, and fiddler Daniel Coolik is steeped in the old Cajun twin fiddle tradition. Saxophonist Miller arranges the various parts into a whole, and came up with the novel idea of treating the accordion, fiddle, and saxophone as an ersatz brass section, a sound harkening back to Louisiana soul. No other band on the circuit today can bring all of the many threads of Louisiana music together, generate an entirely new sound, and still remain a driving force on the dancefloor and in the culture.

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