Alive After Five: BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet with Jeremiah James Gang 

Cajun party music to cap off another great year of AAF

With summer slowly waning and fall on the horizon, it’s time to put on the sunscreen, a pair of shorts and get back in the fountain for one last shindig. Following today’s performances, Alive After Five will close the doors on its 24th year of top-notch musical entertainment.

It’s been a great year for grooving on the Grove; we’ve heard everything from Gypsy funk to country rock, from old school R&B to thumping bluegrass. We’ve heard local bands play their hearts out each night, and we’ve guzzled plenty of beer along the way.

For the season finale, the Downtown Boise Association is teaming up with The Record Exchange to bring Grammy award-winning BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet to the Grove stage.

This Louisianan sextet has been playing shows and putting out records since the mid '70s. They specialize in traditional Cajun and zydeco music, while commonly straying from convention to infuse their live performances with elements of calypso, jazz, rock, blues and improvisation. The group has put out nearly 25 records, and has performed numerous times on NPR, BBC and Austin City Limits. They’ve been nominated for 11 Grammys and won two. They even opened for the Grateful Dead back in the day.

Bob Dylan once said of the band, “That’s my kind of music!”

Local act the Jeremiah James Gang will get things started with their brand of honky-tonk and outlaw country.

And before heading home to bear through the winter, make sure to stop by the Record Exchange booth to wish them a happy 33 1/3 birthday.

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