Grammy-nominated accordionist Andre Thierry has become an international icon of Accordion Soul. Rooted in his French-Creole heritage, Thierry’s music celebrates his background while integrating funk and R&B elements. His albums feature the accordion as an upbeat, rhythmic instrument that sounds equally at home in a New Orleans church gathering or on the dance floor.
After receiving national attention with a debut late night TV appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, the eight-piece brass ensemble The Soul Rebels have taken the world by storm with tours on four continents and collaborating live with Nas, G-Eazy, Robert Glasper, Curren$y, Joey Bada$$, Talib Kweli, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Marilyn Manson and Lauryn Hill, among many others.
As anyone who has attended a recent Friday Main Stage session can attest, Summer Fest audiences love the funk. Trombonist Big Sam and his Funky Nation band brings just that—along with some Crescent City second line hometown flavor, a bit of hip-hop and infectious rock & roll swagger.
One of the world’s premier roots music fiddlers, Tom Rigney and his band Flambeau deliver a sizzling taste of Americana to audiences around the globe. Steeped in the tradition of Cajun and Zydeco music, Rigney plays with fiery intensity that commands the hearts of his audience.