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Chubby CarrierChubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band bring the Big Easy to the Summer Breeze free concert series on July 21 at 7:30 pm in Norman’s Lions Park at the corner of Flood and Symmes.

If you haven’t experienced the high energy, swamp funky Zydeco sound of Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band, it is high time that you join the legions of fans that have. Once the accordion-playing virtuoso grabs the mic and takes the stage with his band mates, Earl Sally (washboard), Randy Ellis (guitars), John L. (bass guitar), and AJ Bellow (drums), audiences are treated to a show like no other. Chubby’s sound is swamp-funky Zydeco, a zesty Creole concoction of rock, soul, gospel and R&B, and he is a great showman with a knack for entertaining a crowd.

During their 20-year span, the band has produced and released 11 albums, including, “Zydeco Junkie,” which won the Grammy Award for Best Zydeco or Cajun Album in February 2011. Their newest release is “Rockin with Roy” which was released in 2012. The band travels all over the world, performing to audiences in all parts of the United States, including Alaska and Hawaii, Canada, North Africa, and Europe, playing venues such as the Chicago Blues Festival, New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, and Montreaux Jazz Fest in Switzerland. For his steadfast dedication to Zydeco music, Carrier was inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame in 2011.

Links:
Chubby Carrier website
Video: Zydeco Junkie

Bring seating and your favorite refreshments, and enjoy a relaxing evening in the park filled with great music!

Summer Breeze Concerts are produced by the Performing Arts Studio and are made possible in part by grants from the Norman Arts Council and the Oklahoma Arts Council, and from businesses and individuals including: Michael Miller; Skye Diers, Gingerbread Nursery School and Kindergarten; Dentists Jamie Belknap, Donna Sparks, and Kristen Wolever at Norman Smile Center; Andi Berry, Wyoming Art Therapy; and Republic Bank and Trust. Additional support comes from David Fries Roofing; Tom McAuliffe - Don Cies Real Estate; Old Republic Title Company of Oklahoma; Dale Wares - Wares Properties; Sally Phillips & Dennis McDonald;
Mike Goodman & Karen Furman; The Earth Natural Foods & Deli; The Montford Inn; and City of Norman Parks and Recreation Department.

For more information contact The Performing Arts Studio at 405-307-9320.