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Epic Ending: Alive After Five

Wednesday, Sept. 4

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It's getting dark a lot earlier these days, and it's staying that way a lot longer in the morning. Things are about to get a little less lively with the change of seasons, and that includes after 5 p.m.

Celebrate the waning days of summer with the final concert of the 2013 Alive After Five series with C.J. Chenier and the Red Hot Louisiana Band, Wednesday, Sept. 4.

Heir to the great Louisiana-Creole musician and pioneering Grammy-winner Clifton Chenier, dubbed the "King of Zydeco," C.J. grew up just across the Louisiana border in Port Arthur, Texas. The band is now based in Houston, but don't let that fool you; the Red Hot Louisiana Band lives up to every part of its name.

At 21 years of age, Chenier joined his dad spreading zydeco and blues around the world. After the elder Chenier's death in 1987, C.J. took up the accordion and assumed his mantle as "Crown Prince of Zydeco." Since then, he and his band have appeared everywhere from Austin City Limits, SXSW and the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival to VH1, CNN and the old Jon Stewart Show on MTV.

You can experience Chenier and his band's signature brand of funk, soul, jazz, Motown and, of course, zydeco at Grove Plaza in downtown Boise. Boise bluegrass faves Hillfolk Noir will open the show.

Summer might be coming to a close but don't let the sun catch you crying about it; with C.J. Chenier and the Red Hot Louisiana Band, there's at least one more shot of joi de vivre to be had.