Dirk Powell and Cedric Watson Dec. 9

Mon, 12/09/2013 - 9:00pm

Dirk Powell & Cedric Watson at the Old-time Creole-Cajun Crossroad


Two great Louisiana talents, Dirk Powell and Cedric Watson, join forces to explore the crosscurrents of three great Americana musical traditions: that of Cajun, Creole and old-­time Appalachian music. They will perform at the Arcata Playhouse on Monday, December 9th.


Dirk Powell has expanded on the deeply rooted sounds of his Appalachian heritage to become one of the

preeminent traditional American musicians of his generation. As a child in Kentucky, Dirk learned guitar from his father and banjo and fiddle from his grandfather. He studied classical piano early on, but found that the music being handed to him by family resonated more deeply. His love for traditional music found him spending most of his teenage years traveling around remote parts of the Southern US, eventually landing in Louisiana, where he learned Creole and Cajun music from his mentors Dewey Balfa and Alphonse Ardoin.


In addition to acclaimed releases on Rounder Records, he’s recorded and performed with artists such as

Loretta Lynn (playing several instruments on her Grammy-­winning release Van Lear Rose), Sting, Jack

White, Levon Helm, Jewel, T-­Bone Burnett, Ralph Stanley, Linda Ronstadt and currently with Joan Baez. His ability to unite the essence of his culture with modern sensibilities has led to work with many of today’s greatest film directors, including Anthony Minghella, Spike Lee, Ang Lee and Edward Burns. As a founding member of Balfa Toujours and long-time Louisiana resident Dirkis equally at home playing Cajun music. Spearheading the emerging generation of Creole musicians.


Cedric Watson is a fiddler, singer, accordionist, and songwriter. He left Texas for Louisiana at 19, immersing himself in French music and language. He's performed with the Pine Leaf Boys, Corey Ledet, Les Amis Creole with Ed Poullard and J.B. Adams, and with his own group, Bijou Creole. With an apparently bottomless repertoire of songs at his fingertips, Cedric plays everything from forgotten Creole melodies and obscure Dennis McGee reels to more modern Cajun and Zydeco songs, even occasionally throwing in a bluegrass fiddle tune or an old string band number. Cedric’s albums are a tapestry of pulsing rhythms and Creole poetry, his concerts are both progressive and nostalgic. For a whirlwind tour of traditional American music from the Southeast, catch Dirk Powell and Cedric Watson at the Playhouse.


The show is presented in association with Humboldt Folklife Society the doors open at 7:30 p.m. with show time at 8:00 p.m.Tickets are $20 general and $18 members and are available at Wildwood Music, Wildberries Marketplace or reserve at (707) 822-1575.  For additional information visit www.arcataplayhouse.org.