7:30 PM, Doors at 7:00 PM
Tom Rigney has been a part of the San Francisco Bay Area roots music scene for more than thirty-five years. In 2000, after fifteen years as the leader and electrifying violinist of The Sundogs, fiddler/composer Tom Rigney stepped out on his own with a hot new band, Flambeau. The repertoire is original, eclectic, passionate, and filled with a musical and emotional intensity that will come as no surprise to followers of Rigney’s career.
There is no question that Rigney has become one of the premier blues and roots music violinists in the world, and continues to be a prolific composer of powerfully compelling music for the violin, music whose influences come from an extremely wide range of musical styles within the broad boundaries of American Roots Music. As a composer, as a violinist, as a band leader, Tom Rigney is a true American original.
Rigney’s band Flambeau simmers and cooks with musical intelligence. Their high energy live show features tight ensemble playing, deeply infectious grooves, and rich soloing. Renowned guitarist Danny Caron (Marcia Ball, Clifton Chenier, Charles Brown), boogie queen Caroline Dahl, Steve Parks on bass and Brent Rapone on drums have carved evocative and powerfully uplifting music.
Michael Doucet, recipient of the National Heritage Fellowship awarded by the National Endowment for the Arts, is an influential singer-songwriter and musician who has been writing and performing Cajun music since age six. His band BeauSoleil has performed at Carnegie Hall and played nationally and internationally at major festivals, concert halls, and clubs. Six of their many albums have been nominated for Grammy Awards and Michael Doucet was named a master folk musician by the Louisiana Folklife Center.