The Asheville-based Bayou Diesel dance band will bring their high-energy mix of Cajun and zydeco two-steps, waltzes and "second line" tunes to the Charles Mack Citizen Center at 7:30 p.m. Saturday with a Mardi Gras Music Concert.
The five-member band will play many of the popular French and Creole musical styles native to southwest Louisiana. Group members will also give some background on Mardi Gras and its music.
The band's appearance is part of the Mooresville Concerts series.
Bayou Diesel draws on the styles of contemporary Louisiana artists such as Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys, Boozoo Chavis, Bo Jacque and Keith Frank.
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Performing since August 2005, the band has built a loyal following at such Asheville venues as Jack of the Wood, the Westville Pub and 11 on Grove.
The band has played at the Tryon Barbeque Festival, Asheville's Bele Chere and at Harrah's Cherokee Casino & Hotel.
Group members include several who play multiple instruments, including the zydeco rubboard, button accordion, guitar, mandolin, cello, pennywhistle and snare drum. So don't worry if you can't make it to New Orleans this year. Bayou Diesel is bringing the city's melodies home to you.
Ticket info: 704-662-3334.