Nathan & the Zydeco Cha Chas-Valentines Day Mardi Gras (Sawtelle Room)
Lifetime Achievement Award winner Nathan Williams doesn't just stand on a stage - he owns it; his presence fills the room. And his band, the Zydeco Cha-chas, rattle the windows and walls with their hard-driving mix of blues, rock, Cajun and Creole music known as Zydeco.
Decked out in his big black cowboy hat and sunglasses, Williams transports his audience to a sweaty Saturday night throw-down in a steamy roadhouse deep in bayou country. Mixing tempos and genres from the hard-driving Zydeco drenched soul of his take on Otis Redding's "Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa-Sad Songs" to Boozoo Chavis' rattly Cajun classic "Paper In My Shoe," Williams keeps the dance floor full of energetic and enthusiastic fans writhing in ecstasy all night long.
Nathan & the Cha-chas are a lively antidote for cold feet, a hot shot of lively music that doesn't get round to these parts often enough.
"Wherever you're at, I can make you rock," Nathan says. "If you don't get up and shake a leg, you better call the undertaker."