Lively Beausoleil band will play Portland


PORTLAND — From the very outset, the Grammy-winning Cajun band BeauSoleil chose to blaze new trails.

Whereas most Cajun bands revolve around their accordionist, BeauSoleil’s emphasis has always been on fiddle.

Formed in 1975, BeauSoleil, based in Lafayette, La., was the first to play the frottoir, the rub board that’s a staple in Cajun music’s cousin genre zydeco. It was also the first to feature a female vocalist and the first to showcase an acoustic guitarist in place of the proverbial steel guitar.

On Saturday, Feb. 25, BeauSoleil will play at 8 p.m. at One Longfellow Square. Tickets are $30 in advance, $35 at the door.