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2014-09-04

In the know... Pipe Creek/Lakehills

By James Henry Frazar

By James Henry Frazar
210-473-5192
email jameshenryfrazar@gmail.com

Cher La-Bas at Cajun Festival
Cher La-Bas will be performing their brand of Cajun music at the Sept. 27 Medina Lake Cajun Festival at the Lakehills Civic Center.
The band will be performing on the Gazebo Stage from 11 am to 12:45 pm.
Cher La-Bas is a Texas Cajun band bringing Cajun music enjoyment to the folks in San Antonio and South Texas. They are an authentic, dance-hall style, Louisiana-inspired Cajun band that can play for any Mardi Gras Party, Cajun festival, crawfish boil, gumbo cook-off, shrimp boil, fish fry, anniversary, Wedding, or any General Good Time.
The band's Cajun accordion and fiddle provide the driving rhythms for chanky-chank waltzes and two-steps that will keep y'all dancing for the entire evening.
Band member Bill Rosenthal is a native San Antonian and has been a dedicated Cajun accordion player for over 25 years. He loves to see folks dance to his music. Previously playing with the San Antonio based Swamp Angels Cajun Band before joining Cher La-Bas, Rosenthal has played Cajun music all over South Texas.
Other members include John Goerner, lead fiddler; Mickey Roe, taking care of the sound systems and bass; and John 'JB' Botter, who can only play accordion or fiddle in a mediocre manner, so the band has consigned him to singing, or at least making the attempt. Robin Howell played guitar with the " Swamp Angels" the first Cajun band in San Antonio. He took up fiddle several years back and mastered the Cajun style in an amazing way. The band's go-to drummer is Martin Steitel, who played drums for Johnny Bush for some years.
The band started when a band canceled for the Cajun French Music Association San Antonio Chapter monthly dance back in the summer of 2011.
This will be their third trip to the Medina Lake Cajun Festival Botter said.
They've played locally at the 11th Street Cowboy Bar for the Cowboy Mardi Gras and a couple of other times.
They got the name of the band from a Creole song "Cher' Ici, Cher' La-Bas" (Dear here, Dear There).
Lakehills Library doings
• The Lakehills Area Library monthly book sale is set Sept. 6 from 10 am to 1 pm. They have thousands of gently used books to choose from in every category from children's picture books, novels, biographies, and educational non-fiction. All hardbacks are $1 and paperbacks and children's books are 25 cents. The money raised from the monthly book sale goes to fund the library, its programs and purchase new materials for the community to enjoy. "Please come out on Saturday and support you local library, we appreciate your donations and support," head librarian Dianna Landes said.
• The library has some new releases. Wayfaring Stranger by James Lee Burke, Power Play by Catherine Coulter, All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, Invisible by James Patterson or The Vacationers by Emma Straub are just a few suggestions of recently published books the library has added to their catalog.
• The evening book club meets the last Monday of the month at 6 pm and the daytime club meets the last Tuesday of the month at 1 pm. Joining a book club is not only a great way to meet new people, but it helps a person explore new types of books that maybe you wouldn't have read before. Both groups meet for about an hour and share food and drinks. Everyone is welcome to join, so call 830-510-2777 for more information or just drop by for the next meeting.