Tom Rigney, world class fiddler and composer, along with his American roots music band, Flambeau, will perform in concert on Friday, April 22 at 7:30pm in the UW-Washington County campus theatre. Described as passionate and infectious, Flambeau’s music ranges from gritty zydeco and funky blues to New Orleans jazz and heartbreakingly beautiful ballads.
One of the premier blues and roots music violinists in the world, Rigney’s commanding stage presence and high-energy delivery combine forces for an amazing uplifting concert. Flambeau band members include Danny Caron (electric guitar), Caroline Dahl (soloist and accordion, piano), Brent Rampone (drums), and Steve Parks (electric bass).
Son of the late San Francisco Giants infielder and manager, Bill Rigney, Tom was raised in the San Francisco Bay area. After graduating from Harvard with a Masters in fine arts, he played fiddle for the band, Back in the Saddle. When that band folded, he moved on to Queen Ida and the Bon Temps Zydeco Band. It was when he was touring with this group that he came to fully appreciate the zydeco and Cajun music of Louisiana. Next after 15 years as the leader and electrifying violinist of The Sundogs, Rigney stepped out on his own with his latest band, Flambeau in 2000. The band’s CDs include Red Boots and Rice, Happy to be Here, Metamophosis, Live at the Throckmorton Theatre, A Blue Thing, Back Porch Blues, Don’t Fight It and You’re the One.
Advance tickets for the Tom Rigney & Flambeau concert are $20 adults, $18 seniors (over 62) and youth (under 18). Tickets on the day of the show are $2 more. The art gallery will be open during the concert with a display of the top photos from the annual photography concert. Refreshments will be available for purchase from Jeff’s Spirits on Main. Advance tickets are available online, www.washington.uwc.edu.
UW-WC is located at 400 University Drive in West Bend. The theatre is located on the second floor of the campus. Free parking is available.