26th Annual Cajun & Zydeco Mardi Gras Ball
The Cajun & Zydeco Mardi Gras Ball returns for its 26th year at Rhodes on the Pawtuxet on
Saturday, February 10, 2018 from 6:30 pm to midnight.
Grammy Winning Cajun Band
Beausoleil avec Michael Doucet
Nathan & the Zydeco Cha Chas
& the Knickerbocker All Stars
Cajun & Zydeco Mardi Gras Ball, Saturday, February 10, 2018
Rhodes on-the-Pawtuxet, 60 Rhodes Place, Cranston, RI 02905
6:30 pm – midnight
Tickets Go On Sale - Tuesday, November 21 at 10am
The ball features a costume contest with cash prizes in a variety of categories including:
best group, best couple, best individual and a Grand Prize of $250 for best overall costume.
Lodging available at the Rodeway Inn, 1940 Post Road, Warwick RI 02886
Rooms are $79 per night. Ask for the Mardi Gras rate.
To benefit VSA Arts RI
Lafayette, LA-based Beausoleil avec Michael Doucet has been one of the most esteemed Cajun groups in music since forming in 1975. BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet take the rich Cajun traditions of Louisiana and artfully blend elements of zydeco, New Orleans jazz, Tex-Mex, country, blues and more. From The Grand Ole Opry to Newport Folk, from concert hall to dance floor, the music of BeauSoleil captivates audiences the world over. Michael Doucet sings and plays violin, guitar, accordion and mandolin.
Accordion master Nathan Williams, of Nathan and the Zydeco Cha Chas, was mentored by one of the greats, Buckwheat Zydeco. He has been inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame and has been honored with the Zydeco Music Association's Lifetime Achievement Award. Formed in 1985, the band has brought its unique take on regional South Louisiana music around the world. Dennis Paul Williams, Nathan's brother, brings his jazz-influenced guitar to the band.
The Knickerbocker All-Stars is made up of legends of the blues community who have found their home at the Knickerbocker, the historic venue in Westerly, R.I., that gave rise to Roomful of Blues, which launched the blues revival in the 1970s. Musicians in the All-Stars have included Jimmie Vaughan, Duke Robillard, Al Copley, Monster Mike Welch, Ricky Russell, Willie J Laws, Brian Templeton, Sugaray Rayford, Rich Lataille and more. For the Mardi Gras Ball, The All-Stars will be showcasing a set of New Orleans music classics with a special tribute to recently passed Fats Domino.