Happy Birthday To Cajun Music Artist Bruce Daigrepont [VIDEO]
Our good friend and Cajun music artist Bruce Daigrepont is celebrating his birthday today! Bruce was born in New Orleans, Louisiana and Bruce has been playing music since the age of 5 years old. Bruce Daigrepont was born on July 11, 1958 which makes him 56 years old today.
When Bruce turned five, his father presented him with a guitar, and by the age of ten he was also bearing down on a five-string banjo. It was in 1978, after attending the annual Festival Acadiens in Lafayette, that Bruce was inspired to devote himself to the French accordion. By 1980 he had his own Cajun band, and was honing his skills at regular Thursday-night fais do do dances at the Maple Leaf Bar. Over the next six years, Bruce Daigrepont almost single-handedly popularized Cajun music and Cajun dancing in cosmopolitan New Orleans.
In 1986 Bruce moved the fais do do dance to the original Tipitina's, corner of Napoleon and Tchoupitoulas streets, where it continues to this day, every Sunday evening from five till nine. Bruce is one of New Orleans' and Louisiana's great musical institutions; and he has emerged as one of Cajun music's finest cultural ambassadors. In North America he has performed at such prestigious venues as New York's Lincoln Center, Wolf Trap Center for the Performing Arts, the Winnipeg Folk Festival and the National Folk Festival. Over the past ten years he has taken his music to France, Belgium, Holland, Switzerland, Germany, Denmark, Norway, and Sweden.
Here is one of Bruce's big hits -- Acadie À La Louisiane (Acadia To Louisiana)
Happy Birthday Bruce! Thanks for the great music!