Weird freaking thing about Beau Jocque and Steve Little

I’m actually promoting a CJ Chenier zydeco show coming up here in Palo Alto on March 20, 2020 but took a sojourn — that sounds French enough — at an article about zydeco player Beau Jocque, who died in 1999 at age 45; his obituary in The New York Times is above an article about Steve Little a football player for Arkansas and NFL Cardinals, who died the same week around the same age. Steve Little had suffered a broken neck while in a car accident; Beau, it says, overcame partial paralysis.

I think the article about music goes on to mention the Cheniers.

I’m also viewing a Les Blank film about the elder Chenier, Clifton. CJ was born in 1957 so maybe he is one of the youngsters in the film.

Zydeco is a unique American art form. I’m proud to be able to bring it to my home town, Palo Alto.

edit to add: thoughts of Michael Pitre of Port Arthur:

this is not CJ but Beau Jocque and Corey Ledet circa 1999:


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Mark Weiss, founder of Plastic Alto blog, is a concert promoter and artist manager in Palo Alto, as Earthwise Productions, with background as journalist, advertising copywriter, book store returns desk, college radio producer, city council and commissions candidate, high school basketball player; he also sang in local choir, and fronts an Allen Ginsberg tribute Beat Hotel Rm 32
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