Andre Thierry :: Summer Nights Outdoor Concert

Sat, August 10, 2013 7:00 pm

Zydeco Night • Louisiana Roots! Traditional Zydeco music fused with hip-hop, blues, jazz and rock $18 members / $20 public / Day of $25 for all - Ages 17 and under FREE

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"In America, great migrations produce great music. Just as Delta musicians took Highway 61 to Chicago and electrified their blues, so did the Creoles and Cajuns migrate to California and establish vital dance communities. Now the California scenes rival anything back home in Louisiana, and that's due to players like Andre Thierry, a standard bearer for the new generation. Thierry is among the best of both the West Coast and the Gulf Coast, and he combines youthful vigor with a mature appreciation for his inherited tradition."

~The Kingdom of Zydeco by Michael Tisserand

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6pm - Doors open for Sponsors, Underwriters, Century Circle members, Subscribers and Special Guests.

Dinners available for purchase.

6:15pm - Doors open for public

6:30pm - Two-Step dance lesson

7pm - Youth performance

7:35pm - Concert begins

Andre Thierry & Zydeco Magic have phenomenal talent. Andre Thierry is a Grammy award nominee, who has been capturing the attention of other musicians and music lovers since he was a young boy. At only 33 years old, he is already a legend. There is widespread agreement that he is an exceptional multi-dimensional musician, who has finely-honed the ability to merge traditional Zydeco music with hip-hop, blues, jazz and rock. Building from his love and respect for traditional Zydeco, his original music is a blend of old and new. His musical mastery enables him to create a unique sound for his and future generations, while staying true to the past.

Andre's story begins on July 9, 1979, when he was born in Richmond, CA. His childhood was deeply influenced by his maternal grandparents and experiencing the French Creole (La-La) dances his grandparents (from Louisiana) held at their church parish, St. Mark's Catholic Church. The best Zydeco musicians Louisiana had to offer traveled to California to play at the dances and spent considerable time at the family home, while in the area. This is where Andre met the late Clifton Chenier, the "King of Zydeco," who grabbed the 3 yr old in his arms and deemed him a future accordion player. That's how it all started.

A versatile student of the music, Thierry cannot be lumped into Zydeco's old-school R&B-influenced camp or its nouveau, rap inspired one. He and his band, Zydeco Magic, lay down both soulful, traditional slow-dances and bottom-end-booming kinetic groovers.

Through the power of music, Andre Thierry has worked with the youth in Marin and together they have touched many hearts in the community and beyond.

Tonight's opening bands:
Performing Stars Zydeco Boys & Marin School of the Arts Blues Band.
Performing Stars Blues in the School program offers an introduction to Zydeco music and Creole culture.  A mix of Blues, French dance melodies and Louisiana history are featured.  The Performing Stars students have evolved from a group of children participating in a music class to a team of musicians.  This fun, musical journey has blended old traditions with new ones filled with festive music, culture and life lessons.


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clientuploads/directory/Performing Arts/Summer Nights 2013/SN13-sizzling.jpgGeneral Admission: $20 public/$18 JCC members/Day of: $25

Children 17 and under FREE

Reserved Table Seating Options Available:

Parties of 4 (intimate cabaret tables)

Parties of 8+ (picnic tables)

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  • Live danceable Zydeco music
  • Pre-event dance lesson
  • Opening act of young musicians
  • A wooden dance floor
  • Family Friendly
  • Playground on-site
  • Turf or Chair Seating Choices
  • Bring a Picnic or Purchase Dinner from Roadside BBQ
  • Concessions including Beer/Wine/Cocktails
  • Intermission
  • Free Parking

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Dinners Available for Purchase on-site from ROADSIDE BBQ


Bring your own picnic!


Beer on Tap from Lagunitas Brewery

Wine from Barefoot Winery

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Tonight the Performing Stars of Marin will offer up an art project for young ones to learn more about Zydeco music.

Performing Stars of Marin's programs connect youth with existing arts enrichment programs as well as provide supportive wrap-around services to ensure a successful, meaningful experience. Their continuum of services uniquely encourage youth to move beyond their familiar community and to use their arts-related experiences to develop good work habits and positive social skills, enhance their analytical thinking, improve their communication skills and increase their professional readiness.

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GEORGI & WILLOW will be on-site with theme-based clothing available for purchase!

Located at 649 San Anselmo Avenue in San Anselmo, Georgi & Willow is a 100% nonprofit resale boutique where your purchase has a purpose. Goodwill is a critical part of the social safety net in Marin, San Francisco and San Mateo–not just catching people as they fall, but helping them bounce back into better lives. To do this, Goodwill partners with a wide range of government, NGO’s and business partners.


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Light up Summer Nights

Help Kanbar Center light up the nights! Your donation will help purchase equipment including additional playground lighting.

A tax deductable donation of only $52 can help to purchase a light  fixtures for indoor or outdoor use! Click the tip jar to donate now, or add a donation when purchasing your tickets!

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Support Community & Expand your Reach

Our Festival of Summer Nights attracts thousands of primarily Marin County residents every summer.  This year we invite you to market your business through a sponsorship of our music festival.  You not only get great visibility (online and in print) to a target market, you receive some neat ticketing benefits for you/your staff/your clients.  Supporting the arts in Marin through your company’s sponsorship is icing on the cake!  To learn more, Linda Bolt at 415.444.8081 or  Space is limited.

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