September 10, 2012

Cajun band BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet

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By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Award-winning Cajun band BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet will perform in concert Friday, Sept. 21, at 8 p.m. at the Weis Center for the Performing Arts at Bucknell University.

Garrison Keillor, the host of National Public Radio's popular show "Prairie Home Companion," calls them "The best Cajun band in the world."

The recipient of the 2012 Offbeat Magazine's Best of The Beat Awards, they were also the 2011 OffBeat Magazine's Best of the Beat Award Winner for best Cajun artist, their 15th award win in this category.

Kathryn Maguet, executive director of the Weis Center, says, "BeauSoleil is the standard bearer for contemporary Cajun music. They've elevated this wonderful music to national and international acclaim by carrying the torch of tradition while chartering new water with innovation and ingenuity. Their music is peerless and the band continues to be at the top of their game. The Weis Center is thrilled to bring this infectious and rich music to central Pennsylvania."

Their 29th album release, "Alligator Purse," was nominated for a Grammy in 2010 in the best Zydeco or Cajun music album category — their 11th Grammy nomination over their 34-year career. In 1998, they became the first Cajun band to win a Grammy for "L'Amour Ou La Folie" in the traditional folk category.

The Boston Globe says of the band, "The remarkable thing about Cajun revivalists BeauSoleil is that ... they are still inviting us to ask what's new. BeauSoleil isn't neo-anything. This ensemble finds freshness not by infusing vintage styles with contemporary sonics but with vibrant, thoughtful fusions."

The New York Times said, "Cajun music purists admire the fiddler Michael Doucet's informed command of traditional Cajun music, while those who just want to party surrender to BeauSoleil and boogie to classic Cajun two-steps, reels and a host of other rhythmic influences that have made this Grammy-winning Crescent City outfit one of the most colorful roots bands on the scene."

Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors 62 and over, and $15 for children 18 and under and are available at or by calling the Box Office at 570-577-1000.

The Susquehanna River Valley Visitors Bureau is a sponsor of the concert, which is part of Bucknell University's Family Weekend festivities.

The next event in the Weis Center's series is Philadelphia modern dance troupe, PHILADANCO, on Sept. 28 at 8 p.m. PHILADANCO is celebrated for its innovation, creativity and preservation of predominantly African-American traditions in dance. Tickets for the Sept. 28 performance are $20 for adults, $16 for seniors 62 and over, and $10 for children 18 and under and are available at or by calling the Box Office at 570-577-1000.

For more information about this event, contact Lisa Leighton, marketing and outreach coordinator, at 570-577-3727 or by e-mail at

For more information about future programming at the Weis Center for the Performing Arts, go to or

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