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Creole Stomp returns to Concerts on the Quad, July 9

Image of Creole Stomp band members, Dennis Stroughmatt, Robert Russell, Greg Bigler, and Doug Hawf.

Led by French-speaking Creole fiddler and accordionist Dennis Stroughmatt, along with Robert Russell, Greg Bigler, and Doug Hawf, Creole Stomp bring the Louisiana bayou straight the Concerts on the Quad stage.

Celebrate the return of one of the series’ most popular groups as they regale you with the music from the Bayou.

Creole Stomp shows have become legendary for the heart and passion conveyed from the stage—music with emotion and energy that literally jumps from the band. In fact, over the years the band has become informally known as “The Grateful Dead of Creole Music,” for their well-oiled, dancer-driven, crowd-pleasing marathon jams and improvisation. Traditional Louisiana Cajun two-steps, reels, and waltzes sizzle in the stew along with Creole blues and mazurkas.

A favorite on the Cajun-zydeco dance circuit, the band has also become a celebrated fixture at venues around the United States, ranging from park concerts and theaters to folk and blues festivals. No matter the venue, wherever they come from, and wherever they go, Creole Stomp is a band that knows how to throw a Louisiana party!

Led by French-speaking Creole fiddler and accordionist Dennis Stroughmatt, along with Robert Russell, Greg Bigler, and Doug Hawf, Creole Stomp bring the Louisiana bayou straight the Concerts on the Quad stage.

The 2018 Concerts on the Quad schedule includes:

July 16, Switchback

July 23, Evening of Jazz: The BraziLionaires

July 30, Singing Under the Stars

All concerts begin at 7 p.m., are free and open to the public, and take place on the east side of Cook Hall (the Castle) on the Illinois State University Quad. Concertgoers are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating.

The Concerts on the Quad series is presented by the Illinois State University College of Fine Arts and School of Music and in conjunction with the Illinois Shakespeare Festival and The Pantagraph, and is sponsored by the Mirza Fund of the Illinois Prairie Community Foundation, Fell Trust, the Town of Normal Harmon Arts Grant Program and Debbie and Terry Lindberg.

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