Nathan & the Zydeco Cha Chas
w/ Rockin' Jake

Nathan & the Zydeco Cha Chas

Swallow Hill Music - Daniels HallDenverCO
All Ages
Doors at 6:00pm, Show at 7:00pm. All sales are final.

**There will be room for dancing at this show!**

Nathan & the Zydeco Cha Chas

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Growing up in a Creole-speaking home in St. Martinville, Nathan eagerly sought out the music of Zydeco originators such as Clifton Chenier. Later, while recovering from a serious illness, Nathan decided to dedicate himself to learning the accordion. That dedication blossomed into an illustrious career, which now spans three decades.

The music of Nathan and the Zydeco Cha-Chas is the expression of a remarkable South Louisiana family. Dennis Paul Williams, Nathan’s brother, brings his jazz-influenced guitar chops to the band. He’s also a well-known painter whose work has been shown throughout the country, and has recently published a collection of his work. The eldest Williams brother, Sid ‘El Sid O’ Williams, is a Lafayette legend unto himself, and Zydeco would never have survived into the new millenium without him.

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, he was honored last year with the Zydeco Music Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award. The Cha-Chas have been voted the top Festival Band in the country, 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 and The Kingdom of Zydeco, and worked with artists as diverse as Cindy Lauper, Michael Doucet and Buddy Guy.

Rockin' Jake

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Rockin' Jake has been hailed by many as one of the premier harmonica players in the country. His original sound is a hybrid of second line, swamp funk, blues and zydeco with influences from Paul Butterfield, Big Walter Horton, James Cotton, The Meters, WAR, J. Geils Band, Clifton Chenier, and the Fabulous Thunderbirds.

Based out of New Orleans since 1990, Rockin' Jake relocated since being flooded out by Hurricane Katrina, and now lives in Southern Florida. Jake has toured nationally with G. Love & Special Sauce, blues and pop legend Maria Muldaur, and bluesman T.J, Wheeler.

Jake's work has also been heard on the soundtrack of "The Big Easy" television series, the theme for the "Mike Ditka Show, " and a Miller Beer commercial. Jake is a five-time winner of Off Beat Magazine's coveted Best of the Beat award for best harmonica player. He and his band pour out their souls in every performance with high energy and electricity which consistently brings the audience to their feet.

40th Anniversary Concert Series

Swallow Hill turns 40 in 2019, and we are celebrating all year long.

Monthly concert events - including this one - feature beloved artists from Swallow Hill’s storied history, as well as those who are leading us into our future. All of these artists uphold Swallow Hill's legacy of bringing Denver its favorite artists in folk, bluegrass, blues, Americana and the singer/songwriter community.

We look forward to celebrating with you!

Venue Information:
Swallow Hill Music - Daniels Hall
71 East Yale Ave
Denver, CO, 80210