Eight Gigs: Tom Rigney & Flambeau
Thurs., Feb. 26, 7 p.m., Crocker Art Museum, $12-$20
With a permanent grin, fiery Zydeco violinistTom Rigney packs a performing pizazz that makes every night seem like a party in Louisiana's French Quarter. Add the nimble-fingered Flambeau players—who've worked with the likes of Clifton Chenier, Queen Ida and Charles Brown—and you have a Mardi Gras celebration. In this case, however, it's a party to accompany the Crocker's current exhibition, which depicts the art of Paris circa 1900 and runs through April 26. With an affinity for the Sacramento area, Rigney was declared Emperor of the 2011 Sacramento Jazz Festival, and the group is touring in support of Swamp Fever–Live at Three Stages, recorded in Folsom. 216 O Street, www.rigomania.com.