Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Crawfish and musical ‘Frogs’

A bayou bash with a Cajun flavor

Express Staff Writer

Frogs of the North will perform Cajun/zydeco music for a Caritas Chorale benefit Sept. 9. Courtesy photo

    If Credence Clearwater Revisited singing “Born on the Bayou” in Sun Valley recently roused a yen for Cajun food and music, get a ticket to “A Bayou Bash” Sunday, Sept. 9, at the Sawtooth Botanical Garden.
    The evening of Louisiana hospitality featuring Cajun cooking, a zydeco band and songs of the south is presented by the nonprofit Caritas Chorale and will start at 5:30 p.m. in the mellow evening light with the backdrop of the harvest garden.
    After an extraordinarily busy year—during which the group commissioned, learned and performed a special cantata called “Nez Perce Promises” in addition to its normal classical music concerts—Caritas Chorale is shifting gears with this benefit night.
    “It’s going to be a fun evening,” said Ann Taylor, who is handling the reservations. “The band is good, the dress is casual and the music we will perform will be lighthearted.”
    The band, Frogs of the North, will provide traditional bayou sound with accordion, fiddle, guitar, drums and bass. The music is danceable, so choose shoes accordingly with a casual outfit.
    There are six items available through the raffle, including a Caribbean beach vacation for one week and eight people; a gourmet wine pairing with dinner for eight; one week for two couples to enjoy a fly fisherman’s paradise; a Cajun dinner for eight; a week in a Maui condo for two; and three nights in the Sawtooths for six adults.
    Raffle tickets are $25 each or five for $100. Benefit tickets are $150, $100 of which is tax-deductible  and can be secured by calling Taylor at 726-5402 or emailing her at
    Funds raised contribute to the free concerts given around the valley throughout the year and also to ensure that “Promises” can reach people outside of the valley eager to hear it.
    “Promises” tells the story of the Nez Perce after the departure of Lewis and Clark and the impact that the white man had on their people. But the larger story, the story that is important today for all of us, is about the promise–the promise of protection to the land and to all of its creatures that the Nimiipuu made and always kept.
 The Chorale hopes to be able to take it to Boise next year.
    Taylor said the experience of debuting the work was something the singers never could have imagined, and that the response to it was its own reward.
    “It was overwhelmingly positive, and people were interested,” she said. “It was very melodic and we learned a lot. Many found it was a very worthy piece.”
    Food will be catered by Judith McQueen. In addition to music by Frogs of the North, the Chorale will sing songs from the south like “When the Saints Go Marching In” and “Jambalaya.”

Benefit for Caritas Chorale
When: Sunday, Sept. 9, at 5:30 p.m.
What: Zydeco concert.
Where: Sawtooth Botanical Garden south of Ketchum.
How: Reservations and information by calling Ann Taylor 726-5402 or email at $150 per ticket.


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