Nathan & The Zydeco Cha Chas at Arden Gild Hall

Celebrate Mardi Gras a few days early at Arden Gild Hall with Nathan & The Zydeco Cha Chas on Friday, Feb. 9, at 8 p.m. Warning: The music will be infectiously danceable.

Over the last 30 years, Nathan and the Zydeco Cha Chas have arguably proven themselves to be the premier zydeco band in the world. The musical genre, which evolved in southwest Louisiana from French Creole speakers, blends blues, rhythm and blues, and music indigenous to the Louisiana Creoles and the Native people of Louisiana.

Bandleader Nathan Williams, Sr. is the recipient of the Clifton Chenier Lifetime Achievement Award. The band has won the Zydeco Music Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award, and also has earned Big Easy Awards for Best Zydeco Band.

Williams hails from the heart of Creole country, St. Martinsville, La. He moved to Lafayette to pursue his dream of playing zydeco and was mentored by two of the greats— Chenier and Buckwheat Zydeco.
The dance floor will be open for this show—and attendees are invited to wear Mardi Gras finery.