Singer, songwriter and pianist Marcia Ball and her band will share the stage with Cajun band BeauSoleil in a free concert at 7 p.m. July 9 in the Central Park Band Shell in downtown Red Wing.
Both have bayou roots that their music reflects, and both are multiple award winners who appear regularly at the New Orleans Jazz Festival.
Ball performs New Orleans/Gulf Coast rhythm and blues that has been described as a blend of “southern boogie, roadhouse blues and heartfelt ballads.” An eight-time Blues Music Award winner, she has been nominated four times for the Grammy Award. In 2010 she was inducted into the Gulf Coast Music Hall of Fame.
BeauSoliel avec Michael Doucet, a six-member band out of Lafayette, La., is an innovative blend of blues, bluegrass, rock and traditional Cajun. The group is heard regularly on “A Prairie Home Companion” and was described by Garrison Keillor as “the best Cajun band in the world.”
The band has earned two Grammy Awards, 11 Grammy nominations and 14 OffBeat Magazine Best Cajun Performer awards. Its album “Live at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival” won the 2009 Grammy for zydeco/Cajun music.
The free concert is sponsored by Lawrence Transportation Services, Red Wing Shoe Co. and the Jones Family Foundation.
What: Marcia Ball and BeauSoleil, Cajun/blues concert
When: 7 p.m. July 9
Where: Central Park Band Shell, Red Wing. Bring your own lawn chairs or blankets.
More info: www.sheldontheatre.org