Creole United | African American Creole Music from Louisiana
Homegrown Concerts from the Library of Congress, Co-sponsored by the American Folklife Center
July 29, 2015 at Noon, No Tickets Required
Creole United is a group representing three generations of Louisiana Creole music culture. The members consider themselves the keepers of the music culture of the Southwest Louisiana Creoles. This mix of musical styles originated among the French-speaking African Americans of the lower Mississippi, with influences of Cajun, African, and Spanish music. Sean Ardoin and Andre Thierry, who originated and manage the collaboration, believe that by using classic Creole music styles of the past, and being careful to include Creole French, they can create new Creole standards. All the musicians perform in bands of their own as well as in Creole United, and the current group includes several bandleaders. As the group explains, “Creole United is not just a band, it's a movement!” The goal is to bring together active, retired, and upcoming Creole musicians of both traditional and emerging styles to collaborate on recording projects and concerts. In 2013, Creole United completed a CD, whose title, Non Jamais Fait, means “never been done,” because a collaboration of this kind has never been done before. The current group includes Edward Poullard, Lawrence Ardoin, Rusty Metoyer, Sean Ardoin, and Andre Thierry.
Photos: Clockwise from upper left: Edward Poullard, Lawrence Ardoin, Rusty Metoyer, Sean Ardoin, and Andre Thierry.
A free noon concert series presented by the American Folklife Center and the Music Division of the Library of Congress. Most concerts are held in the Coolidge Auditorium (located on the Ground Floor of the Thomas Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress) or the Whittall Pavilion (next to the Coolidge, on the Ground Floor, Jefferson Building). Occasionally, concerts may be in other locations, which will be specified above in the concert description. Presented in Partnership with the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage. NO TICKETS REQUIRED.