GREENFIELD, Mass. -- On Wednesday, July 25, from 7 to 10:30 p.m., The Arts Block will hold its first ever Cajuin Dance Party, hosted by Michael Pattavina, and featuring the authentic bayou sounds of the Lil Orphans Cajun Express.
The event will feature two 30-minute dance workshop sessions by New Orleans native and Cajun Express bandleader Pete Simoneaux. There will be a $10 cover, with $7 tickets available in advance at The Arts Block.
Lil Orphans is the official musical vehicle of Pete and Linda Simoneaux, who have been playing traditional Louisiana Cajun and Creole Music for the past 25 years. They have shared the stage with Beausoleil, File, Savoy/Doucet Band, C.J. Chenier and Buckwheat Zydeco. They play everything from old time Louisiana French music from the late 1920s, to Dance Hall style country Cajun music of the 1940s and ‘50s, to original Cajun and Creole music, with roots ranging from Creole zydeco to West African Highlife music, with stops along the way in Trinidadian calypso, biguine music of Martinique and meringue from the islands of Haiti and Dominica.
On July 25, the Cajun Express band will consist of Pete Simoneaux on fiddle and vocals, Linda Simoneaux on accordion, fiddle and vocals, Michael Pattavina on acoustic and electric guitars, Daniel Kasnitz on bass, and Glen Rogers on drums. The musical focus for this event will primarily be on Louisiana Cajun and Creole dance music.
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