The DeBose Foundation will present a showcase of stars at its Louisiana Legacy Cabaret, set for 2 p.m. Sunday, April 7, at Boudreaux’s, 2647 Government St.
Admission is $45, and proceeds will benefit the DeBose Foundation’s DeBose Fine Arts Series. The event will include dinner, dancing and a silent auction. Tickets are available at the door.
The cabaret will feature Ray “L’il Ray” Neal, Mel Chavis, Margaret Vallet, Ernest Jackson and Donald Evens.
Neal comes from a family of blues musicians, and has long been regarded as one of the finest blues guitarists in the business. Two of his school teachers gave him the incentive to hone his craft as a guitar player: Ronald Young and Edward Yearby. He has entertained with many blues greats, including Muddy Waters, Big Mama Thornton, BB King, James Cotton, Buddy Guy, Bobby Bland, “Lil Milton” Campbell, Tyrone Davis, Johnny Taylor and Bobby Rush.
Chavis has a unique style, performs as a “one-man-show” and with local players. He plays songs that are “tried-and-true” zydeco trends, and uses the diatonic accordion, guitar and electronic keyboard interface, defined by an indigenous style and feeling. Blues, R&B, soul, Cajun and zydeco are his primary musical genres. His performances include some original pieces that have not been recorded, only heard from “Zydeco Man Mel Chavis.”
The DeBose Foundation