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Homegrown Plus: BeauSoleil Quartet!

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The BeauSoleil Quartet in the Coolidge Auditorium, June 28, 2017.  Left to right, Mitchell Reed, Michael Doucet, Billy Ware, David Doucet. Photo by Stephen Winick.

In the Homegrown Plus series, we present Homegrown concerts that also had accompanying oral history interviews, placing both together in an easy-to-find blog post.  (Find the whole series here!)  We’re inaugurating the series with one of last year’s most popular performances, Grammy-winning Cajun powerhouse BeauSoleil, who performed in the series as a quartet, in the Coolidge Auditorium, on June 28, 2017.

In the first player, watch the concert.  Then scroll down for the oral history!

In the oral history, we talked about the growth and development of Louisiana Cajun music over the years, the career of each band member, and some experiences playing with such friends as Bois-Sec Ardoin and Canray Fontenot. Watch the oral history in the player below:

You can find both of these videos with more bibliographic information on the Library of Congress website, with the concert here at this link and the oral history at this link.

Read more about BeauSoleil at their website.

The American Folklife Center’s Homegrown Concert Series brings music, dance, and spoken arts from across the country, and some from further afield, to the Library of Congress.  For information on current concerts, visit the Folklife Concerts page at Concerts from the Library of Congress. For past concerts, visit the Homegrown Concerts Online Archive.

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