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It's Cajun & Creole Dance Music At Boccelli's With Yankee Chank

On Saturday October 17 from 7 to 10 p.m. the Louisiana Saturday Night dance party welcomes Vermont's own Yankee Chank for a good time Cajun Dance Party at Boccelli's on the Canal, in beautiful downtown Bellows Falls.

Yankee Chank is Vermont's longest running band exclusively dedicated to traditional Cajun & Creole dance music of southwest Louisiana.

Featuring Bob Naess on fiddle and vocals, Cannon Labrie on button accordian & vocals, Jim Burns on guitar and Mark Sustic on bass, Yankee Chank has been playing traditional Cajun music since early 1996. Drawn together by a passion for Cajun and Zydeco music, Yankee Chank is led by Bob Naess of Cavendish, an accomplished and highly regarded fiddler, with at least 25 years of experience playing Cajun music. The group features fiddle, Cajun style button accordion, guitar and bass, specializing in old-time Cajun two-steps and waltzes as they continue to be played in the rural dance halls and honky tonks of Louisiana today, along with some Creole Zydeco sounds thrown in for extra spice.

It should be noted that "Cajun" music is the music of the white Acadian settlers of rural, southwest Louisiana, reflecting a variety of influences, from European folk music, the blues, music of the French and English Caribbean, hilbilly and country music, and even western swing.

"Creole" music, including but not limited to "zydeco" music, is the music of the black French Caribbean people of rural Louisiana.

Evolving side by side, Cajun & Creole music have continuously intertwined, and the music of Yankee Chank notably reflects the group's fondness for the legacy of the great Creole duo, Bois Sec Ardoin and Canray Fontenot, as well as that of the Cajun fiddler Dewey Balfa, and the late great Cajun accordianist Nathan Abshire.

The event will begin with a brief Cajun dance workshop, taught by Louisiana native Pete Simoneaux of the New Hampshire based Lil Orphans. Admission is $10. (There is no cover to eat at Boccelli's Restaurant.)

Boccelli's features excellent, freshly made Italian cuisine, specialty groceries and desserts, a good selection of affordable wines & microbrews, all in a casual caf environment, with a scenic waterfront view.

For details call 460-1190, or go to www.boccellisonthecanal.com.

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