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Omaha Performing Arts presents Creole fiddler Cedric Watson & Bijou Creole in the 1200 CLUB at the Holland Performing Arts Center’s Scott Recital Hall on February 19th at 8:00 p.m. Watson plays both the fiddle and the accordion, creating music with strong Creole roots that branches out into Cajun and zydeco sounds.



Tickets to Watson’s show are $25 in advance and $30 the day of the show. Tickets to all performances in the 1200 CLUB are on sale now and may be purchased through Ticket Omaha by phone at 402.345.0606, online at TicketOmaha.com or at the Ticket Omaha Office inside the Holland Performing Arts Center at 13th and Douglas streets. Ticket prices include admission to the 1200 CLUB and the performance. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.

One of the most noted young talents to emerge in Cajun or Creole music in the past few years, Cedric Watson is a fiddler, vocalist, accordionist and songwriter of seemingly unlimited potential. Born in 1983, Watson grew up in Texas surrounded by the sounds of blues, old soul, country and zydeco, which is a fast-tempo American folk music that uses the accordion and a washboard.

He started playing music when his grandmother bought him a guitar and, unlike his hip-hop peers, Watson was drawn to the old- style French songs of Southwest Louisiana. He soon made his way to Lafayette, LA where he was enthusiastically accepted into the musical community and immediately recognized as an important participant in the continuity of Creole music.

Watson has made a name for himself reviving old Creole fiddling styles, injected with a healthy dose of his own personality, and bringing the sound to an ever-broadening audience. As the co-frontman for the group the Pine Leaf Boys, Watson expanded his repertoire of Cajun songs while adding his Creole and zydeco foundation to the band’s Southwest Louisiana sound. Watson toured with the Pine Leaf Boys and actually played at the 1200 CLUB with them in January 2008.

Now with his own band, Bijou Creole, Watson continues to explore the roots of Louisiana’s Creole music. His vigorous style captures the spirit of some of the earliest recorded Creole songs, while keeping the fiddle traditions of black Creole music alive for another generation.

Moving with ease between the fiddle and the accordion, Watson displays his creative style and obvious joy in playing which makes him an engaging and exciting performer. His soulful, blues-inflected vocals, all in French, connect him to the varied roots of Creole music. Watson is a two-time GRAMMY® nominee in the Best Cajun or Zydeco Music Record category, most recently for his 2009 release L’Esprit Creole.

Now in its fourth season, the 1200 CLUB transforms the Holland Performing Arts Center’s most intimate venue, the Suzanne and Walter Scott Recital Hall, into a relaxed lounge where patrons can experience performances by nationally and internationally known artists in folk, jazz and blues. While enjoying the evening’s entertainment, audience members may order hors d’oeuvres and cocktails served right to their table.

The balance of this season’s First National Bank 1200 CLUB at the Holland Performing Arts Center artists are listed below:

  • Saturday, Feb. 26, 2011 Karrin Allyson with UNO Jazz Band (Jazz)
  • Friday, April 8, 2011 The Waybacks (Bluegrass)
  • Friday, May 20, 2011 Vienna Teng and Alex Wong (Folk/Pop/Classical)
  • Saturday, May 21, 2011 Miguel Zenon (Jazz)
Preview a video clip of Cedric Watson & Bijou Creole at www.TicketOmaha.com.

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