WANT TO GO?
Blues, Brews & BBQ
WHERE: University of Charleston riverbank lawn
WHEN: 5:30 to 11:30 p.m. Friday
TICKETS: Advance $18, at the gate $20
INFO: 304-345-0775 or www.festivallcharleston.com
SCHEDULE: Blues Du Jour, 5:30 p.m.; the Jimi Vincent Band, 6:50 p.m.; Marcia Ball, 8:10 p.m.; Nathan Williams and the Zydeco Cha Chas, 10 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Whatever your plans are Friday night, Nathan Williams would like you to cancel them and come out to see him and the Zydeco Cha-Chas at Blues, Brews & BBQ on the University of Charleston riverbank lawn.
"We're going to rock it," he said. "You better believe I'm going to sock it to them."
The 50-year-old Louisiana native promised high-energy zydeco music so good you can't help but get up on your feet and dance.
"If you can't get up and shake a leg," he said, "you better just call the undertaker."
For those who haven't heard of it, zydeco is a close cousin to the blues, a raucous mixture of Cajun and Creole styles -- often highlighted with the sounds of an accordion and a scrub board -- that integrates rhythm and blues, soul, rock 'n' roll and even hip-hop.
Williams said he'd been playing zydeco most of his life, since he picked up his first accordion.
"I grew up listening to Clifton Chenier and Buckwheat Zydeco," he said. "I listened to all the old players and just loved being around it, the culture. I grew up with my grandmother speaking French and the music. Then here comes me, and I'm doing it, too."