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BeauSoleil's Michael Doucet on Setting the Bar: "We Created the Bar, Son!"

World Music can begin right here at home. BeauSoleil, sons of Louisiana's Bayou country and the number one Cajun music band in the world (according to Garrison Keillor of Prairie Home Companion anyway), has proven that precept time and time again over the course of their near three decade career. Named in honor of of Joseph Broussard dit Beausoleil, who led the Acadian resistance to British deportation efforts beginning in the mid 1700s, the band remains as determined as ever to keep their native traditions alive.

The historical reference has served as something of a springboard for the band throughout its career as they achieved milestones of their own in becoming one of the most recognized and admired Cajun bands. Aside from numerous appearances on soundtracks and television shows, they've performed with any number of musical admirers, ranging from Mary Chapin Carpenter to the Grateful Dead. They're the beneficiaries of numerous honors and accolades as well, including Grammys, the Big Easy Entertainment Award for Best Cajun Band (ten time winners), and the National Heritage Fellowship award presented by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Still, any attempt to classify them as strictly Cajun inevitably comes up short. Throughout their career, they successfully pushed its boundaries, incorporating rock, pop, jazz, calypso, French romanticism, and blues into their multi-hued palette. Their latest effort, From Bamako to Carencro is no exception, and easily one of their most accessible efforts to date. The Rhythm Foundation is bringing them to town this weekend to perform as part of their Hollywood ArtsPark Experience in Hollywood.

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Lee Zimmerman