A Journey into Cajun & Creole Music
Blair Kilpatrick
Sunday, June 10, 2012, 12:00pm
Music 3 - Room #212

Blair Kilpatrick will talk about the unexpected midlife journey that inspired her book ACCORDION DREAMS: A Journey into Cajun and Creole Music (University Press of Mississippi, 2009). Blair's memoir is the story of her life-changing passion for Louisiana French music - and her unlikely obsession with the Cajun accordion. The workshop will provide an introduction to Cajun-Creole music, including a profile of the Bay Area's thriving Louisiana French music community, the largest outside the Gulf Coast. Music will be provided by Blair and her fiddler-husband Steve Tabak.

Blair Kilpatrick fell in love with Cajun-Creole music more than twenty years ago, during the first of many visits to Louisiana, and she's never looked back. She has studied with many of the accordion "greats" (Steve Riley, Bois Sec Ardoin, Eddie LeJeune, Delton Broussard, Jesse Lege.) Her primary teacher and mentor was legendary Creole accordionist Danny Poullard, the guiding spirit of the Bay Area's Louisiana French music community until his death in 2001. Blair is the founder, accordionist, and primary vocalist with Sauce Piquante Band. Since 1999, the band has played an active part in the San Francisco Bay Area's vibrant Cajun-Creole-Zydeco music scene. Sauce Piquante plays regularly for dancers at Ashkenaz and other local venues and has appeared at many area festivals, including the Isleton Crawdad Festival, Boogie on the Bayou, and the Berkeley Farmer's Market Cajun Festival.