Robert Jardell & Pure Cajun
Come dance the afternoon away at Vermilionville's Performance Center with Robert Jardell & Pure Cajun. Admission is $10 and refreshments will be available for this smoke-free family-friendly event. For more information call (337) 233-4077.
ROBERT JARDELL & PURE CAJUN
While many contemporary Cajun musicians carry the torch of their culture, adapting and reinterpreting the music for modern sensibilities, a few have remained faithful to the old songs and traditions, Robert Jardell is one of those keepers of the old ways. A master of the acoustic accordion, he plays and sings the old tunes about his ancestors, and writes new songs in their honor. Jardell grew up in the midst of the Cajun culture in Crowley. The Morse, LA, native took up the accordion at the age of eight. His mentors were two of Acadiana's greatest accordionists: Nathan Abshire and Ozanne Guidry. The young Jardell went on to play in the band of the legendary Balfa Brothers. He recorded and toured with them during the early days of the Cajun renaissance in the mid-'70s, and made his film debut with them in The Big Easy. A highway crash put Jardell out of commission for five years, after which he made his way back to the stage to perform with his band, Robert Jardell & Pure Cajun. His traditional acoustic sound and old-timey music sounded a responsive chord within the Cajun community and won critical acclaim.