Nathan & the Zydeco Cha-Cha’s
Nathan formed The Cha-Chas back in 1985, and since then has brought his unique take on this regional South Louisiana music to all corners of the globe. From Lincoln Center in New York to The Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Nathan's music has crossed all barriers to speak to the very heart of his audience.
Inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame in 2005 and honored in 2015 with the Zydeco Music Association's Lifetime Achievement Award. The Cha-Chas have been voted the top Festival Band in the country according to the Louisiana Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism and USA Today and have won the coveted Big Easy award for Best Zydeco Band for several years running.
Nathan and his band have been featured in the New York Times, Essence and People magazines, and on the cover of USA Today. They've appeared in films like In The Electric Mist as well as the soundtrack sharing credits with Michael Doucet and Buddy Guy and The Kingdom of Zydeco, and worked with artists as diverse as Cyndi Lauper on the album Creole Bred.
Keepers of the Zydeco Flame, they are committed to keeping their Creole heritage alive.
Little Red & The Renegades
Zydeco, Blues, Funk, R&B, Country, Gospel, Pop, Compas Direct, Latin, Jazz and Carnival Flavors from all over the world have been blended and distilled into Little Red & the Renegades' sound. This is fun music, best served with good friends, food and drink, and lots of dancing. Little Red’s songs are about life, love, friends, children, food, and all of life's twists and turns and ups and downs. They bring the party. Just show up and let loose. Get the brand-new CD on the Takoma Park, MD-based Azalea City Recordings label.
Little Red has appeared with Dr. John, Buckwheat Zydeco, T-Bone Burnett, Chubby Carrier, Queen Ida, Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Lightnin' Hopkins, Brave Combo, Rosie Ledet, and many others. Madlib and Limp Bizkit have sampled Little Red, so you know he's got the fonk bone. Little Red's music had been broadcast on WAMU (DC), WPFW (DC), WWOZ (New Orleans), WERA (Arlington), WOWD (Takoma Park) and on other stations around the world. Little Red & the Renegades have performed at SXSW in Austin, New Music Seminar in Manhattan, and the Kennedy Center. Little Red moved to DC from New Orleans, where he learned how to make fonky music at the elbow of greats such as Professor Longhair, Dr. John, BooZoo Chavis, and Clifton Chenier.
Band members: Little Red (Tom Corradino), Accordion, Piano, Guitar - Carol Arthur, Zydecaribbean Steel Pans, Piano - Jon Danforth, Drums - Dave Petersen, Bass - Allen Rado and Harry Rado, Guitars - just about everybody sings (but mainly Little Red).
DC music trivia: Little Red & the Renegades are mentioned in the George Pelecanos novel “Nick's Trip,” and Little Red appears on the soundtrack to Jim Jarmusch's latest movie, “Paterson.”
Austin, Texas music critic Lee Nichols writes: “Little Red’s sound is just flat out fun – it’s an exuberant celebration of everything wonderful about American music, with a heavy emphasis on Zydeco and Cajun. He can easily glide from ‘Bon Ton Roulet’ to ‘Zydeco Beach Party’ to rhythm and blues, conjunto, and back again.”
Wayne Kahn, WOWD DJ and DC music blog Right on Rhythm writes: "Little Red & the Renegades hold an important position as far as the greater Washington DC area's love for the music of Southwest Louisiana and New Orleans. They were one of the first (if not the first) in the area to perform it for us. Little Red . . . became one of the first non-Creoles in the country to perform Zydeco.”