CJ Chenier & the Red Hot Louisiana Band

Given the catastrophes inflicted on Louisiana in the past half-decade (bad levees, pathetic responses to Katrina and Rita, the BP oil spill), the Red Hot tag attached to C.J. Chenier's band should rightly switch its reference from cayenne pepper and feverish zydeco to burning anger. But the prevailing spirit in Louisiana is to party through the worst of disasters, something currently being sorely tested along the gulf coast. Still, it's impossible to overlook the palliative effects of a pumping and sizzling Cajun accordion and the insistent rhythms of a wicked rubboard player. C.J., of course, inherited the Red Hot Louisiana Band from his father (and indeed the daddy of all zydeco accordionists), Clifton Chenier. With a background in jazz and R&B, C.J., who sometimes puts down his accordion in favor of alto sax, and is a superb singer, has added his own twists to the zydeco legacy. His last album, The Desperate Kingdom of Love, at least partially dealt with Katrina's aftermath. Unfortunately, potential material for his next one is seeping into the Pelican State's coastal marshes every minute. So damn the oil and stir up the roux. $25 at 7:30 p.m.; $15 at 9:30 p.m. (Photo by Paul Natkin)
Mon., July 5, 2010

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