Vic Sadot’s “Planète Folle”: “Sweet Cajun Soul mixed with Hot Zydeco Pepper!”
When Vic Sadot jump starts his "Pointe Noir" 10 button accordion into a hot Cajun/ Zydeco song like Makin' Love in the Chicken Coop or Zack’s Zydeco, and when the whole band suddenly puts on those bright-colored, bizarre-looking Mardi Gras masks, get ready for a stunning and memorable show! Monty Cullum brings finesse and experience to the electric guitar; Mike Reynolds delivers a rich transcendent piano accordion that generates an enticing dance ambiance. The superb drumming of the legendary Nashville sessions man, Chris Sherlock, accompanied by the steady driving bass runs of Jimmy Pritchard make for a formidable dance rhythm section. The soulful vocals and contagious joy for the music that Vic Sadot puts into the mix tie it all together in a way that engages audiences of all ages! (The 5 piece act can sometimes be expanded to include a sax or fiddle player.)
The 1998 Philadelphia Folk Festival program guide put it like this:
"What Planète Folle gives you is sweet Cajun soul mixed with hot Zydeco pepper! They will take you cruising through the Bayou back roads to that swamp party where the good times roll! You will feel like you've been carried off to a traditional "Fais Do Do" Dance Party!”
Planète Folle specializes in creating a good time dance party atmosphere with hot Cajun 2-steps, beautiful traditional waltzes, steamy New Orleans R&B, and spicy Zydeco songs. The band performs this repertoire with deep respect and commitment to the energy and authenticity of the sound, style, and French lyrics of the Cajun and Creole music of Louisiana. Planète Folle is a highly original act in terms of Vic’s C/Z song writing as well as in delivering a sense of the meaning of many of the great classic songs of the Louisiana Bayou. Vic often writes one English verse that boils down the story of a song for those who don’t understand French. It all translates into “Beaucoup Fun”! Pronounce the name right by making it rhyme as in “Let the good times roll with Planète Folle!
Planète Folle has had the honor of playing Louisiana music in many great places over the years. Highlights of their celebrated “Bon Temps Rouler” shows would have to include the “Gene Shay Folk Music Show” and “Kids Corner” on WXPN, the Grand Opera House “Grand Gala”, numerous New Year’s Eve shows for First Night Wilmington, Newark Community Day events, the Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts in State College, PA, the Bethlehem Musikfest, Chadds Ford Days, Delaware Art Museum, Baltimore Museum of Art, the Delmarva Folk Festival in Hartley, DE, and many summer park concerts, country clubs, private parties, and weddings.
Vic began playing in a folk-rock band called Crazy Planet with his brother Rob Sadot. Vic showcased his original songs and released a 45 LP called Good Time Delaware in 1985 and a 12 song LP called Ride the Wind in 1988. Crazy Planet is still available for bookings, but Vic performs most of his original work solo now. The themes are “Songs of the Seasons”, an environmental preservation repertoire and a CD by that title, and “Topical Songs for Our Times”, with engaging ballads and broadsides. See the Delaware Artist Roster for a more definitive explanation of other musical acts offered by Vic Sadot: http://www.artistroster.artsdel.org/portfolio.cfm?id=219
Planète Folle came into existence in 1992 when Delaware-based Vic returned from travels in southwestern Louisiana and decided to organize a group to specialize in the traditional Cajun/Zydeco French roots music that is unique to Louisiana. In 1997 Planète Folle released a 16 song CD titled Comin’ Home. Most of the songs were traditional or popular Louisiana songs. It has 4 original Vic Sadot songs, including the popular Bourbon Street/Rue Bourbon and the children’s beloved Frog Jog. Hear sample selections here: http://cdbaby.com/cd/vicsadot
On January 29, 2005, Vic Sadot released a 19 song CD called BROADSIDES & RETROSPECTIVES. B&R represents the “Best of 25 years of Vic Sadot’s Crazy Planet & Planète Folle bands”. It has 6 new original songs among the 13 Crazy Planet & Planète Folle classics, including Mad Cowboy Disease, In Normandy When Breezes Blow, Are You A Citizen, The Statue of Liberty, A Little Girl’s Bedtime, and the Spanish Recuerdo de los Pireneos. All 19 songs can be heard at CD Baby and at related iTunes links: http://cdbaby.com/cd/vicsadot2
Vic’s web site has attracted visitors worldwide! It has “Sound Samples”, a “French Page”, a “Kids” section, Photos of the band in action, a “Performance Calendar”, “Booking Info”, an impressive “Press Gallery”, a “Heritage” area for “The Poems and Memoirs of Jean-Henri Sadot” (Vic’s father), and a “Recommended Links” area to explore the music, history, food, and culture of Louisiana and many other subjects of interest. The website for Vic Sadot’s Music Projects has been on-line since 1992. It is frequently updated by our talented webmaster, Dean A. Banks.
Please visit us at: http://www.vicsadot.com
Contact Vic directly at 302-607-1884 or firstname.lastname@example.org