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Beausoleil brought a bit of warmth to the Bing

I don't know much about music. But as the saying goes, I know what I like. And through my occasional trips to New Orleans, I've developed a liking for both Cajun and Zydeco music.

I fell in love with Zydeco on a cool December night several years ago. This was at the Rock 'n' Bowl, the famous New Orleans bowling alley nightclub. I don't remember the exact year, but I do remember seeing Peyton Manning there, and this was back when he was still playing for Tennessee, so it had to be before 1998. What I do remember is that Nathan and the Zydeco Cha Chas were playing, the Rock 'n' Bowl was rocking, and I ended up dancing — which doesn't happen often.

No one danced Sunday night at the Bing Crosby Theater. At least I didn't see anybody dancing. But the crowd certainly appreciated the Cajun music that Beausoleil played. Led by Michael Doucet, whose fiddle and accordion playing was amazing, Beausoleil played a range of tunes, all Cajunized — Doucet's term — but comprising a variety of styles, from blues to something that sounded almost like jazz.

The Bing isn't the Rock 'n' Bowl. But it's the best Spokane has. And it's a damn nice venue to see any group, particularly one that has ties to New Orleans.

I should have danced.