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Jan. 23: Louisiana Zydeco legends, Mojo and the Bayou Gypsies, to perform at CLC

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  • Mr. Mojo, leader of Mojo and the Bayou Gypsies, will perform at CLC on Jan. 23.

      Mr. Mojo, leader of Mojo and the Bayou Gypsies, will perform at CLC on Jan. 23.

 
College of Lake County

Enjoy all-original American roots music and stories in the Louisiana bayou tradition by Mojo and the Bayou Gypsies at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday Jan. 23 at the James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts at the College of Lake County.

Mister Mojo and his troupe of near-mad musical provocateurs have poured Louisiana fire on audiences across the planet for 25-plus years. They have performed on PBS, ABC, CBS, NBC, Superstation WGN and FOX TV Networks and put out 13 albums. Mojo's songs tell stories about family, friends, events in their lives and the "the good things in life that money just cannot buy." Their music reflects the Louisiana Zydeco tradition as well as Cajun and New Orleans two-steps, rock 'n roll and blues rhythms. To learn more, visit www.redhotmojo.com.

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The group's leader, Mister Mojo, plays accordion and does vocals. He appears every week in the opening of CMT's "Swamp Pawn," has put out 15 albums of original music, is the historian who got the Zydeco Rubboard into the Smithsonian Institution, is executive producer of historic documentaries and is an International Music Ambassador for the State of Louisiana. A recipient of a Shriners Hospitals for Children humanitarian award, Mojo's charitable performances have raised millions of dollars for worthy causes.

Zydeco T Carrier is a legend known for her skill as a player of the Frottoir (rubboard) and as a charming and exciting performer. A native of Church Point, LA, Zydeco T is a French-speaking Creole and Zydeco Royalty from the famous Carrier family. Her brother was the late Roy Carrier and her nephew is Grammy winner Chubby Carrier.

Katie Andrick is an "on fire" young fiddler who became a Bayou Gypsy in 2012 but started as a classically trained violinist. Her skills and experience, truly broad and amazing for such a young fiddler, include classical, gypsy, jazz, rock, blues, country and more. She pursues her passion as an orchestra director and masterful, international violin instructor.

Tee John Moser, drums, is a lifetime performer who has toured the United States, Canada and Europe. His high-energy playing has landed him over 30 full length CD debuts along with radio jingles and TV spots on three major networks. Tee John has toured and performed with Tito Puente, Blue Lou Marini (of the Blues Brothers), Clark Terry (Johnny Carson Show), Louie Bellson and Tito Corillio. He has also acted in feature films and music videos.

Beau Brian Burke plays bass and fills out Mojo's powerful rhythm section. With a master's degree in jazz bass performance, Beau Brian has distinguished himself with a wide variety of touring and performances. He is a much sought after bassist, performing with legendary blues artists, Irish artists, amazing jazz and fusion projects and as a "John Paul Jones" actor/performer in Led Zeppelin tribute productions.

Tickets: Onstage and Row A $51; Regular (open seating) $31. CLC students and teen tickets are $16 and children under 12 are $13. Prices include $1 JLC facility fee. For tickets, call (847) 543-2300 or visit the Box Office, which is open Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 90 minutes prior to the performance. Professional touring series performances make excellent group outings, and groups of six or more people are eligible for discounted ticket prices. Call group sales at (847) 543-2431 or email JLCgroupsales@clcillinois.edu for more information.

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