Mardi Gras party in the Ballroom

Feb 12, 2014
The Crawdaddies

Rockport — North Atlantic Blues Festival co-founder and –producer Paul Benjamin is throwing a Mardi Gras party Friday night, Feb. 21, at the Samoset Resort. 220 Warrenton St. The Knox County Ballroom doors will open 7 p.m. and the good times will start to roll at 7:30 p.m., thanks to The Crawdaddies.

Founded in 995, The Crawdaddies infuse Cajun, zydeco, blues, ska, Roots, rock and reggae into an incomparable, groove-laden sound that is buoyant, infectious and, on occasion, tongue in cheek.

The band features Kraig Greff on accordion and piano; Chris Huntington, vocals and guitar; Chris Everett, vocals, guitar and washboard; Rod Gross, drums and vocals; and Dan Hones, bass and vocals. Each road-seasoned member hosts an impressive and diverse musical performance resume, most notably 2008 Emmy Award recipient Greff who toured with Della Reese, Barry White, Joe Williams and Diana Ross.

Consummate headliners, the eclectic, good-time spirit of their set has allowed The Crawdaddies to share the stage with a wide range of artists including Etta James, Dr. John, Charlie Daniels, Jimmy Cliff, Marshall Crenshaw, The Young Dubliners, Buckwheat Zydeco and more. The Crawdaddies has toured extensively, earning a strong grassroots following; is a regular fixture on the national college, festival and theater circuits; and has released four CDs.

There will be a big dance floor and a cash bar. Tickets are $20 in advance, $150 for a table of 10; and will be $25 at the door. To reserve and for more information, call 596-6055. Those who wish to stay the night should call the Samoset at 594-2511 and ask for Mardi Gras room rate.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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