Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Carolina Gator Gumbo plays Rodi Saturday with guest fiddler.

Resident Cajun party band Carolina Gator Gumbo will play Gastonia eatery Rodi Saturday. I can't think of a better reason to head to Gastonia. Gator Gumbo is a wonderfully warm, energetic combo that's as well educated in its genre as it is enthusiastic about it. I don't get to Gaston County often, but the food at Rodi is enough to warrant the drive.

Because regular fiddler Tom Eure (pictured with the group above) isn't able to make Saturday' show, Chapel Hill's Matt Haney will fill-in. The band reports that, "Matt learned Cajun fiddle from masters including Dewey Balfa and has performed with greats like Tracy Schwartz." He also performed with the Bone Tones and now has a trio with his wife, Sara.

The aptly named band will be firing up diners from 8 to 10 p.m.

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