Two great Louisiana talents — Dirk Powell and Cedric Watson — join forces at 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, at The Palms Playhouse to explore the cross-currents of three Americana musical tributaries — Cajun, Creole and old-time Appalachian traditions. The Palms is at 13 Main St. in downtown Winters.
Powell has expanded on the deeply rooted sounds of his Appalachian heritage to become one of the pre-eminent traditional American musicians of his generation. As a founding member of Balfa Toujours and a longtime Louisiana resident, he is equally at home playing Cajun music as well as the old-time Appalachia music he learned from his grandfather while growing up in Kentucky. Powell is a vocalist and an adept multi-instrumentalist who plays fiddle, banjo, button accordion, mandolin, and guitar.
Spearheading the emerging generation of Creole musicians, Watson is a fiddler, vocalist, accordionist and songwriter. All four of his albums have been nominated for Grammy Awards. Moving with ease between fiddle and accordion and adding his strong blues-inflected vocals, Watson’s creative style and obvious joy in playing make him an engaging and exciting performer.
The chance to see these two innovative and talented roots musicians perform together, especially on the West Coast, is a rare treat, a Palms spokeswoman said.
Tickets are $20 and are available at Armadillo Music in Davis, Watermelon Music in Woodland, Pacific Ace Hardware in Winters and at the door if not sold out. For more information, visit palmsplayhouse.com, dirkpowell.org and cedricwatson.com.