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C.J. Chenier & The Red Hot Louisiana Band

NTL Productions Presents

C.J. Chenier & The Red Hot Louisiana Band

Dexter O'Neal & Funk Yard

Sat, January 19, 2019

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

The Castle Theatre

Bloomington, IL

$17 (Advance) / $20 (Day of Show)

Ticket Prices listed do NOT include additional Ticket Fees added at online checkout & box office

C.J. Chenier & The Red Hot Louisiana Band
C.J. Chenier & The Red Hot Louisiana Band
C.J. Chenier, a Creole born and raised in an indigenous American culture with its distinct language, cuisine and music, delivers a soulful vocal and accordion! Chenier, a GRAMMY® nominated world renowned musician and recording artist, has performed alongside many internationally recognized artists including his GRAMMY® awarded father, Clifton Chenier “The King of Zydeco”, Paul Simon, Joe Sample and Ray Parker, Jr., The Gin Blossoms, and John Mayall. He has appeared on the Jon Stewart Show, CNN and was featured on VH1 and Entertainment Weekly. C.J. has exhibited his musicianship at many large festival venues such as the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Chicago Blues Festival and Austin’s SxSW Music Conference. In addition to a GRAMMY® award nomination in the Best Regional Roots Music Album category, C.J. has received many major awards inclusive of the Living Blues Critics’ Poll Award, Indie Award (from AFIM) for Best Zydeco Album, Coups de Coeur (Blows of Heart) Blues Category Award from l'Académie Charles Cros (France) and Best of the Beat Best Zydeco Album (Offbeat Magazine).
Dexter O'Neal & Funk Yard
Dexter O'Neal & Funk Yard
From my earliest memories I wanted to be a singer/performer. By age of 3, my grandmother had me singing in little one-room Churches in Ferriday Louisiana (where I was born) every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings.

By 5 my parents had moved to Bloomington, Illinois where I grew up singing in Mt Pisgah Baptist Church. What great singers they had and still have. Community Theatre came along as a pre-teen. I learned everything from stage presence to the Charleston thanks to those talented actors. I also learn how to drink coffee by the age of 10 but that is another story. My teenage years brought a couple of State Titles in Vocal Jazz and Choral music. I also was seated highly at nationals.

Years 18 through 21 brought the Air Force and their performing bands. I got to see the world and sing for so many great audiences. After my service tour was over I began looking for the big time…if there is such a thing.

I began the long road of touring, recording, and working my way into the industry. I spent 5 years in Austin Texas and 5 years in Philadelphia PA. Being able to sing throughout the country and connecting with audiences has brought me the greatest joy.

I learned my craft by ear, which has been a tremendous asset. However, as an adult I pursued the academic side of music to balance my knowledge. But I couldn’t leave well enough alone. I decided to see what I could do with a guitar. Turns out I enjoy playing it as much as I do singing.

I ‘ve opened for Ashford and Simpson, The Temptations, Average White Band, Boosty Collins, and Reggie Calloway (Midnight Star). I had musical encounters (which mean I’ve sang with or for once) with Jerry Garcia, Phil Perry, Patti Labelle, Jeff Beck Band and numerous more.

I love what it is I do. It truly comes from my heart. I hope you enjoy what I create musically for you.
Venue Information:
The Castle Theatre
209 E. Washington St.
Bloomington, IL, 61701
http://www.thecastletheatre.com/