The Envision Twilight Concert Series continues tonight from 7 to 8 p.m. as Bijou du Bayou performs at Fraser River Heritage Park.
Bijoux Du Bayou started as a traditional Cajun/Zydeco cover band, but when the group started performing its own material, other influences crept into the sound. That’s what happens when a bunch of “West Coast Canucks” write Louisiana Zydeco.
Although still strongly Cajun and Zydeco rooted, you can hear New Orleans, Tex-Mex, Calypso, Swing, Rock and Country elements coming through in Bijoux’s distinct sound.
The result is a musical gumbo that’s sort of Cajun and very Canadian, making it Canajun music.
On July 3, Groovedaddy brings its jazz funk to the Twilight stage. The Wednesday concert runs from 7 to 8 p.m.
Groovedaddy is fairly new, but many of the members have played together for years in other bands.
Chuck Cave (keyboards and alto sax) and Zaf Kundakcioglu (drums and percussion) wanted to form a band to play the music that soothes the soul and moves the feet. They found the perfect guitar player for the group in Jim Verwoerd and a short time later were very happy to add Johan Worst on bass.
Groovedaddy play their own compositions as well as the music of artists like Steely Dan, Lennon-McCartney, and Stevie Wonder. Whatever they’re playing, it’s “smooth jazz, right down to your soul.”
Admission to the concerts is free. For more information call 604-826-0277 or visit heritagepark-mission.ca.