American Folk Festival Performers
For a list of all the performers alphabetically from 2002-2016 click here
C.J. Chenier and the Red Hot Louisiana Band is led by Clayton Joseph Chenier, the son of zydeco great Clifton Chenier. C.J. was handpicked by Paul Simon to play accordion on his 1990 album “Rhythm of the Saints” and his music was exposed to wide, mainstream audiences in 1995 through appearances on The Jon Stewart Show and CNN. "You play zydeco and you see shoes flying off," says Chenier of his live performances. "You can’t come to my show and stay unhappy all night long. You’re going to break a smile and stomp your foot before too long. This is happy music and it makes you dance."