Cajun Jam
Blair Kilpatrick & Steve Tabak
Sunday, June 10, 2012, 2:00pm
Jam Room - Room #117

Blair and Steve, who play with Bay Area band Sauce Piquante, have been hosting regular Cajun jam sessions in their Berkeley home for more than ten years. In this workshop, they will talk briefly about the basics of traditional Cajun-Creole music, with an emphasis on that all-important loping rhythm that sets it apart from other traditional styles of American dance music. They will lead the group through three representative tunes (a two-step, a waltz, and a shuffle.) Blair plays a D accordion, so tunes will be in the keys of A and D. Steve (who plays fiddle and guitar) will be playing a standard-tuned fiddle. In a traditional band, instruments would include: diatonic accordion, fiddle, guitar, triangle--and sometimes rubboard, bass, and drums. But all are welcome to join in. Laissez les bon temps rouler!

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.

Steve Tabak has been playing the Cajun fiddle for twenty years. He started out as a bluegrass mandolinist, but happily followed his wife Blair into the world of Louisiana French music. He has been particularly influenced by Creole fiddle styles, and he considers Ed Poullard his primary influence. He is the fiddler with Sauce Piquante. teve is also a solid rhythm guitarist who has appeared with visiting Cajun bands from Louisiana.

Blair and Steve have been hosting regular jam sessions at their Berkeley home for more than ten years.