Guests can celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a twist Friday night, with Joe Hall & the Cane Cutters stopping in at Coffee Gallery Backstage to perform a rollicking show of Cajun/Creole sounds in an old-school style.

The group offers a sound that’s hard to find these days, in as much as traditional Cajun and Creole music has been largely altered to include influences from hip-hop, country and other elements. Hall and company offer the real deal, adhering to his vision of keeping that culture and its music alive.

The band relies heavily on fiddle and the sound of Hall’s own handmade Cajun accordions, playing songs ranging from foot-stomping rousers to soulful waltzes. He sings in Creole French, while telling the stories behind the songs as he shares his experiences growing up with great Creole players who shaped his life and music.

Hall and the Cane Cutters have performed at the prestigious New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, and Hall has taught and played at various Cajun/Zydeco music camps and festivals around the country.


Music starts at 8 p.m. Friday at Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N. Lake Ave., Altadena. Tickets are $20. Call (626) 798-6236 or visit