Little Red & the Renegades & the Love of Louisiana Music in the Greater DC Area


Little Red & the Renegades hold an important position as far as the greater Washington DC area's love for the music of Southwest Louisiana and New Orleans. They were one of the first (if not the first) in the area to perform it for us.
The background history of the Renegades takes us to Syracuse NY where longtime friends Tom Corradino (Little Red) and guitarist Harry Rado were founders of the band Bad Medicine in 1968. After a good run the band broke up in 1975. Harry moved to DC and Tom followed his love for Louisiana music down to New Orleans. While there he basked in as many Professor Longhair and Clifton Chenier performances he could attend. He had first heard Zydeco in 1967 on the Clifton Chenier Arhoolie LP that inspired him greatly and thus became one of the first non-Creoles in the country to perform Zydeco. After his stint in New Orleans he moved to DC and looked up his friend Harry Rado. He did a stint playing accordion with Tex Rubinowitz and His Bad Boys and piano with a Haitian band, Las Pachas before joining with Harry to form Little Red & the Renegades in 1982. At 42 years and counting this makes their pairing one of the longest continuous music collaborations you will find.
First editions of the Renegades included saxophonist Derek Huston before he joined the Uptown Rhythm Kings. Derek introduced them to fellow Langley HS classmates saxophonist Chris Watling and trumpeter Alan MacEwan who became Renegades before they were Grandsons. The current lineup includes bassist Dave Petersen working with the band since the late 80’s, Jon Danforth who has worked with the band for 15 years, and steel drum player Carol Arthur who joined up 5 years ago. When he plays Haydee’s Restaurant it becomes my one regular chance to work out on the fratoire (rub board). I picked up my chops working with the late Zydeco legend Roy Carrier.
 Little Red and the Renegades and Haydee’s Restaurant in Mt. Pleasant DC
Tom was a long time resident of Mt Pleasant and in 2008 started a once a month gig. It is the second Friday of every month and Friday March 9th marks the next performance.
A Little Red and the Renegades night is pretty evenly split between the piano stylings of New Orleans and Zydeco of SW  Louisiana. There is NO COVER! so come on out and pass a good time.
Little Red and the Renegades at Haydee’s Restaurant
3102 Mount Pleasant St, NW
Washington DC
(202) 483-9199
1 block from the Columbia Hts. Metro Station on the green and yellow line
Friday March 9
9pm to 1am


Sunday? Mary Ann Redmond at The Harp and Fiddle


Every Sunday, and I mean ALMOST EVERY SUN, a corner of the Bethesda triangle gears up for the weekly get-together of the Mary Ann Redmond crowd at Flanagan's Harp and Fiddle. This has become a tradition that started at the old Flanagan's and has carried on at their current location at 4844 Cordell Avenue, just off of Woodmont. 

Invariably, newbies in for the first show will ask a neihgbor within the first couple of songs if this is all for real. Mary Ann has always had a fantastic lineup and these days, she is featuring Dan Hovey on guitar; Mike "Tony" Echols on bass; and–as if the group needed an extra kick–Deren Blessman on drums. So, What's for dinner? It never hurts ot have your choice of classic Irish dishes to make for a nice end for your weekend.

The Sunday show starts a bit earlier than the usual nine o'clock kickoff time. Enjoy a nice dinner and catch a couple of sets and you are still in bed to be up and ready to go bright and early Monday morning. You may also see a few other musicians in the audience and one or two may just get up and join Mary Ann for a tune.

Over the years, the Mary Ann Redmond Band has featured popular local artistst  Jon Carroll, Mike Ault, Benjie Porecki, Jon Osment, Gary Grainger, Steve Taylor along with drummers Blues Webb, Andy Hamburger, and Greg Grainger amongst many.

Flanagans Harp and Fiddle is a classic pub. You will find the darts in the back room. For the soccer and Irish sports fans, you can count on seeing all the key matches at the pub along with a full schedule of NFL games on their numerous TV screens. If you happen to show up early for a European match, count on one the Harp and Fiddle's classic Irish breakfasts or you can go straight for the Bangers and Mash.


Is that Flatfoot Sam at the Zoo Bar? Can’t be!


Coming up this weekend on the 25th of February, 2012… it is indeed Flatfoot Sam with his wonderful ensemble. It's true, Zoo Bar is the size of a postage stamp. Everyone in the club has to move around to allow the guitarist enough room to turn around and talk to the drummer. It's that freakin' small. With small, you get musicians who are nearly in your lap whailing away and no one will give you 110% like the Sam's Educated Fools–leading the way with Sam is his longtime partner in crime Baby Jake, Steve Jacobs on guiltar. There is no question that Sam's group is there to entertain. They work very hard and clearly enjoy their time in front of the crowd.

If you find yourself on Connecticut Ave NW near the Zoo…. if you happen to be across from the zoo and it's past 9 pm this Saturday, then jump in for one and take in a set at the Zoo Bar. Mention our names to Same and you will get a big Huh?! Don't forget, these guys always have their water pitcher out for tips. Leave them a couple bucks for us!

Check out this classic Blues spot as soon as you can. Go the Zoo Bar website for their weekly schedule. Don't forget to catch their open mike orchestrated by local harp legend, Big Boy Little, otherwise know as, Bret Littlehales.

Editor's Note: According to Sam's posting on facebook, tonite is the last night of this long standing gig. Everyone is entitiled to stop for a while and recharge the batteries. That said, make sure you hit this last show. Keep your eye peeled for other Educated Fools shows around the area.

Ireland’s Four Fields–Nine Lives!


If you thought for sure that you heard that Ireland's Four Fields was "toast," then you were wrong!

At least for another several months. Without too many details, what we know is that one of Washington's favorite watering holes and music venues is still going strong–dart boards and all. Last year, there were indications that the longtime business was going to bit the dust as music groups were no longer being booked. Just as the end approached, the reality of the real estate industry KO'ed the deal or at least caused a delay. So, a land developer's loss is our gain. We say, 'Take advantage!"

Within the next couple of weeks, you will be able to see two ROR favorites. Kevin James will be performing this Friday and Saturday, February 24th and 25th. Kevin has for years been one of the most popular solo performers on the Irish club circuit.

On the 9th and 10th of March, 40 Thieves will take over the Four Fields stage. If there is any doubt that they enjoy performing, that notion will certainly be dispelled within the first fifteen seconds of their opening song. Melanie Caudron and Dave Dresser front the group with Dave on guitar and Melanie complimenting their singing with some fine tin whistle.

DC area favorites, Charlie McNamara on bass and Randy Latimer on fiddle fill out the sound exceptionally well as does drummer Scott Fitzpatrick.

When the end finally comes for Ireland's Four Fields, rest assured that an important slice of the Washington DC Irish music scene will be lost. For decades, the club provided one of the best music stages in town. Be sure to schedule at least one more visit for some tunes and a pint or two.

See you there.


If you happen to be in New Orleans Thursday night December 15, head over the the Mid-City Lanes Rock & Bowl where Chubby Carrier will be doing a tribute to his father the late Zydeco Legend Roy Carrier. Chubby did such a show at the beginning of September and totally blew the roof off the Surf Club here in DC. Tell your friends if they want to pass an incredibly great dancing time – Go to this show!
Due in from the printers is the next very limited edition (only 100 copies) of KEEPING ROY’S DREAM ALIVE II. There will be a few copies that I will advance sale when they arrive before I send the balance down to Louisiana to be sold at Dikki Du’s New Years Day Fundraiser for the Offshore Lounge. The collection is 17 songs big and contains some cuts that were not on any of Roy’s regular CDs and a couple that have never before been issued.
The price is $20
Keeping Roy’s Dream Alive II
1. Allons Dancer (3:01) from Whiskey Drinkin’ Man
2. Do the LaLa Dance (5:05) From Living Legend
3. Backbone Zydeco (5:31) from Choose Your Shoes
4. I Hate To See You Go (5:35) UNRELEASED
5. The Zydeco Beat (3:10) from Twist & Shout
6. My Little Woman (3:03) from Twist & Shout
7. Rock-It Like Roy (4:41) from Whiskey Drinkin’ Man
8. Put a Hump In Your Back (4:20) Living Legend
9. Show You How To Love (4:30) from Twist & Shout
10. Everybody Call Me Shoon (5:49) from Living Legend
11. Gotta Find That Woman (3:34) UNRELEASED
12. Who Got Her (2:48) from Offshore Blues
13. New York City (4:51) from Choose Your Shoes
14. Gonna Do It Anyway (5:41) from Buffalo Jambalaya 2004
15. I Don’t Know (5:05) from Nasty Girls
16. Some Real Zydeco (2:15) from Twist & Shout
17. Good Night (4:01) from Twist & Shout
Living Legend from Severn Records CD0031
Nasty Girls ROR002, Twist & Shout ROR004, Offshore Blues ROR008, Whiskey Drinkin’ Man ROR009,
Choose Your Shoes RORCYS from Right on Rhythm

Party at Slim's Y Kiki on New Years Day



Free Performance to pay tribute to the late Roy Carrier by Grammy Award Winning Artist Chubby Carrier

Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band are bringing their Grammy-award winning brand of swamp-funky zydeco music to the East Coast. During this rare East Coast appearance, Carrier will take a night to pay a special tribute to his Dad, pioneering zydeco legend Roy Carrier, with a fan appreciation party at Surf Club Live, in Edmonston, Maryland.
During his lengthy career, the elder Roy developed a large and devoted fan base on the East Coast, and Surf Club Live was a regular gig. Chubby says, “Since my father’s death in 2010, his fans have expressed tremendous love and support to our family.” To show his gratitude, Chubby will pay tribute to his Dad by giving a free show. “I want to show the fans how much I appreciate them supporting my dad.” Carrier says.

When Roy played Surf Club Live, the place just pulsated with the energy of his music. The Washington Post described Roy’s signature style as a “raucous and relentless invitation to dance. “ “That’s what Chubby promises this night will be,” added Wayne Kahn, Roy’s long-time friend and producer. If you are a fan or even if you have never heard zydeco before, this is a night not to be missed.
Come see why they say “Ain’t no party like a Chubby party when a Chubby party goin’ on cause a Chubby party don't stop!!”
Monday, September 19, 2011
Surf Club Live
4711 Kenilworth Ave
Edmonston, MD 20781
Showtime 7:00pm
FREE Admission
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Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band have been sharing this indigenous Louisiana music to the world since 1989. After traveling to four continents, logging 275 dates per year, over a 22 year span, the band received the highest honor in the music industry, a Grammy Award. The 2010 Best Cajun or Zydeco Album, “Zydeco Junkie”.


And I Add a Little Background:

Larry Beniciewics of Baltimore was the first person from the area to search out Roy Carrier and convinced him to come up to the DC/Baltimore area in I think 1992. I first saw Roy at Mark Gretchl's Tornado Alley and became a fast and dedicated fan. Roy had a 2 night Thursday Friday gig at Tornado Alley and I was there both nights in 93. The next day he played Alonzo's Eat the Rich picnic in Baltimore and I drove up 95 to catch him again. He recognized me from being a zydeco dance crazy when I got the chance to talk with him after his set. He had some T-shirts that he had been selling but had run out by the time I asked to buy one. He took my name and address and mailed me one when he returned home.

The last week of April 1996, I took delivery of the first Right on Rhythm CD, The Blues You Would Just Hate To Lose Vol I on my way to Jazzfest so the very first place anyone saw the disc was in New Orleans that year. I ran into Roy at a mid-week party and immediately handed him a disc saying "Here Roy, this is a CD full of blues bands playing live in the clubs around DC & Baltimore that you can check out when you come up north" His immediate response floored me. It was, "why don't you record me when I come up to DC". That was the very beginning of a long relationship with Roy and his family. I began taping him every chance I got on his trips to the area and from those tapes the CD Nasty Girls  was created with the Washington Post calling it a Raucous and Relentless invitation to dance. In the late 90's with Claudia leading the way we fought a publishing battle on his behalf with the result being that Roy gained control over all of his publishing and began to see a return on the  years worth of recordings that pre-dated the Right on Rhythm years. The Mid-Atlantic is home to one of Roy's most devout followings and continued to support him through the years. Chubby recognizes this and it is his way to give something back.

I say THANK YOU back to Chubby for this great treat he is sending our way. He is doing this gig out of his own pocket covering hotel & van rental



Little Red At Haydee’s Tonight


Little Red & the Renegades will be doing their Louisiana thing (1/2 New Orleans & 1/2 Zydeco) tonight, August 12th… FRIDAY …. at Haydee's Restaurant in Mt Pleasant DC. (please disregard the date on the artwork below, it is indeed August 12th)




Finally Got Some Pics


I know it is old news now but it was still a great day at Jazzfest when Chubby paid tribute to his father Roy.


Will the Hand Work the Board I’ll Be There Just the Same


On Saturday I am heading to New Orleans to be at JAZZFEST when Grammy winner Chubby Carrier pays tribute to his father, Zydeco Legend Roy Carrier.

Right on Rhythm became Roy's record label and publisher in 1996 when we released Nasty Girls (ROR002)      Roy encouraged me to pick up the rub board and was the one who got me the board I scrub today.

I had the issue with my hand the first week of April and just got the stitches out this past Friday. I'll have my board with me and if there is any way possible I'll be rubbin on that darned ol' thing when Chubby hits the Blues Stage at Fest Sunday 5/8 at 12:45.

Me & Phillip Carrier

The Nighthawks Up For a Blues Music Award


The Nighthawks Last Train To Bluesville is nominated in the best acoustic blues album at this weekends Blues Music Awards in Memphis.


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