By Donna Raminez
Award-winning alternative Creole artist and accordionist Andre Thierry performed at Sweetwater Music Hall in Mill Valley Dec. 29.
Thierry and his band filled the hall with holiday cheer and great dance music, playing fan favorites and songs from his latest CD “Bouncin With The Blue.”
Musicians Koray Broussard (drums), Milo Horstma (guitar), Keith Donivan Waters (bass) and Jockque Randall (rubboard) shared the stage with Thierry.
The program closed with two encores, showcasing the diversity of his repertoire.
Thierry is widely considered to be among the most influential, multidimensional musicians and has a finely honed ability to merge his accordion swag with any music genre. He continues to produce recordings that are popular with music fans of all generations.
Thierry’s career started at the age of three, when the late Clifton Chenier, “King of Zydeco,” called him to be a future accordion heavy-hitter. It was that moment that decided Thierry would apply his passion and talent to master that instrument.
Blending a love of traditional Zydeco with a deeply rooted French Creole heritage, Thierry has produced original music that masterfully combines old and new. The Washington Post dubbed him a “Master at pumping out fast, funky rhythms on an instrument not usually associated with earthy syncopation.”
Thierry was nominated for a Best Regional Roots Music Grammy in 2012 and winner of the West Coast Blues Hall of Fame “Best Zydeco Group” Award in 2013.
For more information on music tours in 2016, visit www.andrethierry.com