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Cajun Croatian Dance Hall Fusion

  Friday , Oct 26, 2007         7:30 PM        $10

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cajunSauce Piquante and Ed's Polka Dots join for an evening of dancing fun. Mix echos of Slovenian Polkas of the Polka King, Frankie Yankovic, with two steps learned from the Cajun great, Danny Poullard, and this evening can't be missed. To top it off the band leaders, Blair and Ed, are both from Frankie's home town, Cleveland, and Blair is part Slovenian.

Sauce Piquante plays hot traditional dance music from Southwest Louisiana—the earthy, impassioned music of fais-do-do’s, bals de maison, and country dance halls.  We serve up a tasty mix of rocking two-steps, mournful waltzes, and rhythmic shuffles, well seasoned with French lyrics.  We’ll take you back to the old days, when everyone—Cajun and Creole alike—just called it “French music.”
We are based in the San Francisco Bay Area, home to a rich and vibrant Louisiana French music community.  Louisiana-born Creole accordionist Danny Poullard gave us our name, and so much more.  He was the guiding spirit of the California music scene: a gifted musician, a teacher of aspiring accordionists all over the country, a keeper of his culture, and a mentor to so many of us.  When Danny died in April of 2001, we lost a good friend. Sauce Piquante was the final band to emerge from Danny’s weekly jam sessions, the training ground of so many local musicians in the Cajun-zydeco music scene.  After his death, Blair and Steve (the band’s accordionist and fiddler) began hosting weekly sessions in their Berkeley home, as a way of keeping the jam tradition alive. In June of 2003, the band released its debut recording, “Sauce Piquante Live: Vieux Temps Passé.”  It was dedicated to Danny’s memory.  The CD received favorable reviews—most notably, in the respected folk magazine Dirty Linen.  The band’s upcoming CD is currently being mixed by Blair and Steve’s older son Alec, a musician/music producer in New York. Sauce Piquante has played at many Bay Area venues, festivals, and events, including: Ashkenaz in Berkeley, McGrath’s in Alameda, Café Amsterdam in Fairfax, the West Sacramento Moose Lodge, DeMarco’s in Brisbane, Bobby’s Back Door in Richmond, The Music Store in SF, the Isleton Crawdad Festival, the SF Free Folk Festival, the Berkeley Farmer’s Market Cajun Festival, Alameda’s July 4th Parade, and Campbell’s Boogie on the Bayou Festival.  The band enjoys playing for church Mardi Gras festivals, private parties, and fundraisers.

Ed's Polka Dots. Ed Gorzynski, Jr. was born in the Collinwood neighborhood of the “Polka Town”, Cleveland, Ohio.  He started taking accordion lessons at the age of nine.  His father, played the saxophone, clarinet and violin and after moving to Southern California started a family band, “Eds’ Polka Dots”, with his sister Lea on bass, featuring “Cleveland Style Polkas and Waltzes”.  On a number of occasions, Ed sat in with Frankie Yankovic “The Polka King” when he came to Southern California.  Ed played with a number of other bands while in the United States Marine Corps and going to college.  Moving to Northern California and while raising a family, he played, for many years, at the Sunday mass at St. Nicholas Catholic School in Los Altos, CA.

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