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DTH Omnibus Page 7 Thursday September 28, 1989 INI STAdE mmmmmmm ?mm CodooDftii-y to Zydlse, AotsCdimo' tops Cajun music; C.J. Chenier with Master Chef Roy Melton Tonight, 8:30 p.m. ArtsCenter 929-ARTS Tickets $10 public, $8 Friends of the ArtsCenter According to the New York Times, C.J. Chenier is "an in credibly talented piano accor dionist, as well as an accomplished saxophonist, lead vocalist, band leader, and soundman." The son of the famous blues musician Clifton Chenier (widely considered the "king of Zydeco"), C.J. started out in his father's footsteps, but has since de veloped a sound and style uniquely his own. C.J.Chenier's Red Hot Louisiana Band, described as even "bluesier" than that of his father, will be per forming tonight at the ArtsCenter Ricky l r .'m . :rSj Mystery honky-tonk man has 'No Regrets' Leon Redbone Saturday, Sept. 30, 9 p.m. ArtsCenter 929-ARTS Tickets $12.50 public, $1 0 Friends of the ArtsCenter Leon Redbone makes his living bringing to life the music your grandparents courted to. He will bring his rich-as-molasses, lower-than-low baritone to the ArtsCenter in Carrboro on Saturday, performing everything from forgotten 1920s-style food, too Darby Oreutt in Carrboro. The show will also in clude a la carte Bayou cooking by master chef Roy Melton, who once played harmonica with C.J. in a now defunct band. C.J. assumed leadership of the Red Hot Band following his father!? death in 1987. Although he has changed the band's style in many ways, tradi tion is still very important. C.J. per forms using the same accordion his father did, and the group regularly plays its classic numbers as well as its newer songs. From first learning how to play the accordion from an ailing and aging superstar father, C.J. Chenier has come a long way. He shows, at least to some degree, the same sort of en thusiasm and dedication of his fa ther, who performed with one leg amputated and while wired to a kid ney dialysis machine. Skaggs Alisa DeMayo jazz to early honky-tonk. His real name, age and origins shrouded in mystery, Redbone tours all over the U.S. and in various coun tries. He weaves together vintage songs, visual gags, vaudeville and even a hand shadow show to create a time and place out of his own imagina tion. He says, "In the best of music it is the feeling, not the words, that come through. It's the balance be tween sentiment and imagery that I look for in the music that I perform." That music includes the work of if kf mW w w C J. Kentucky native twangs in Ricky Skaggs with Bell and Shore Friday, Sept. 29, 7:30. & 9 p.m. ArtsCenter 929-ARTS Tickets $20 public, $17 Friends of the ArtsCenter B: ecause of his influential coun try music and his stick-to-your- roots attitude, Ricky Skaggs has been dubbed "father of the neo traditionalists." He will share his versatile musical talent and traditional sound on Friday at the ArtsCenter in Carrboro in conjunction with the Jelly Roll Morton, Blind Blake, Emmett Miller and Jimmie Rodgers. The common thread that ties them together is romance. Redbone's own musical favorites include Caruso, Chopin, Gene Austin and Blind Lemon Jefferson. "Blind Lemon Jef ferson was the same as Chopin. Their 'Blind Lemon Jefferson was the same as Chopin. Their sentiments were the same: They were both romantics1 sentiments were the same: They were both romantics," he said. Redbone has had six albums on Chenier and the Red-Hot Louisiana Band Donald Beck Weaver Street Market. After eight years experience in such groups as the Country Gentlemen and J.D. Crowe &. the New South, Skaggs began his own group Boone Creek at the age of 23. His experi ments with various forms of music including rock, folk, jazz and coun try earned him more than 30 awards including CM A Entertainer of the Year, four Grammys and induction into the Grand Old Opry. Originally from Kentucky, Skaggs grew up under the influence of greats like Flatt &. Scruggs, George Jones Warner Brothers, Atlantic and Sugar Hill Records. His debut in 1975 on Warner Brothers was On tte Right Track. This was followed at regular intervals by Double Time (1977), Champagne Charlie (1978), From Branch to Branch (1981), and Red to Blue (1986). His most recent effort was 1988's No Regrets. He first gained national fame through his 1976 and 1977 appear ances on Saturday Night Live. His commercial for Budweiser, which fea tured Redbone sailing past a back drop of paper moons, ran for an un precedented three years. He has also done commercials for Kodak, Levi's and Timex. He made his film debut last year in a cameo appearance in Candy Mountain. Carrboro and Buck Owens. To these legends he attributes his extended instrument prowess. At the age of five, Skaggs began to play the mandolin, and by the age of fifteen he had begun his musical career with Ralph Stanley's Clinch Mountain Boys. "He taught me one of the best lessons of my musical career, and that's to play the music you feel most strongly about. That's something I'll carry with me forever," said Skaggs. This concert will highlight sev eral cuts from Skaggs' ninth self-pro-duced Epic release Comiri Home To Stay. In addition to remakes of clas sics from country icons Ray Price, Stonewall Jackson and Bob Wills, the album features some of his own up-beat tunes, including one co-written by Randy Travis. Leon Redbone UUJ J I Ml. .11. ..II.VIIHII.., .11 I if f PS '