The good times are guaranteed to roll when C.J Chenier and the Red Hot Louisiana Band take the blues festival stage. Son of Zydeco legend Clifton Chenier, C.J. Chenier (born Clayton Joseph Thompson) grew up during the 1960s in the housing projects of Port Arthur, Texas, so his musical influences comprised a different kind of gumbo that included funk, soul, jazz and Motown.

This savory stew, served up via piano, tenor sax and flute, got a new/old recipe when Chenier, a music student at Texas Southern University, began performing with his famous father.

“I didn’t know any of the songs they played,” he recalled, “but the guys helped me out and brought me along. And then one day the music hit me, and I knew this was what I wanted to do.”

This on-the-road education led to C.J.’s mastering the accordion and the ability to front a world-class band. When Clifton Chenier died in 1987, C.J. inherited both his father’s accordion and the Red Hot Louisiana Band and took on the challenge of honoring both his legacy and his own musical passions.

Chenier also performs and records with a wide roster of music makers including Paul Simon, who asked him to play accordion on “Rhythm of the Saints,” follow-up album to the groundbreaking “Graceland,” and join the Born at the Right Time tour. A more recent collaboration with Ray Parker, Jr. and Joe Sample resulted in the CreoleJoe Band Cd and tour.

After massive hurricanes pummeled both Louisiana and large section of C.J.’s hometown, he responded in singer/songwriter mode with the thoughtful album “The Desperate Kingdom of Love.” More recent albums — “Can’t Sit Down” (2011), recorded live in a single session at Rock Romano’s Red Shack Studio in Houston; and  “Live at Jazzfest 2012,” are powered by the expected high energy that keeps fans up and moving on the dance floor.