Tuesday, January 27, 2009

The Rest of the band bios

Dick Franz

Dick is a Cincinnati native, living in New Richmond, who began playing accordion when he was a kid. While at University of Cincinnati, Dick played rhythm guitar with The UC Concert Jazz Band. He began his professional musical career in 1971, when he played accordion with The Hilites, staying with them for 10 years. He then took time off to be a daddy and started with the Jack Frost Accordion Band in 1995. Chico called Dick looking for an accordion player and so he’s been with the band since 1998.


John Mooter

John Mooter (trombone, cornet, slide trumpet, keyboards) is a graduate of the College-Conservatory of Music, and received a Masters in Music degree with honors from VanderCook College of Music in Chicago. He taught music for 35 years, and had his own band, "Blue Tater" for 25 years. He has also performed with the Blue Wisp Big Band, the Johnny Mack Super Big Band, the Queen City Big Band, the Avenues, and artists such as the Drifters, Otis Williams and the Charms, the Vogues, and others. He especially enjoys playing with Lagniappe due to the happy mood and feel of the music from New Orleans, and the wonderful musicians who make up the group.

Jessie Berne

Jessie is a transplanted New Jerseyan who grew up in Hamilton, Ohio. First starting on the accordion at age 6, with the influences of Clifton Chenier and her mother as fellow accordionist, she has yet to curb her insatiable habit of trying to master all instruments that peak her fancy.

After many years of studying to be a classically trained clarinetist, she hungered for something different and rediscovered her love of roots music by listening to her dad's bluegrass albums. She left undergrad picking on the mandolin, and ended graduate school with a fiddle in her hands! Since then, she is now seen playing electric bass and occasionally will sing a song or two.
Not able to choose consistently a favorite instrument or genre of music, she has struggled to find just the right fit for her eccentric tastes.

Lagniappe has given her the chance to indulge in them all, with a buffet of musical flavors that shocks the senses.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Lagniappe Band Members; Three To Get Ready

James “Chico” Converse grew up in Lake Forest, Illinois, which is about 35 miles north of Chicago. He graduated from Lake Forest College with a B.A. in French. While in college Chico began playing "folk" fiddle. He lived in Louisiana, residing for 10 years in Franklin and Lafayette.

While there he learned to play Cajun music with the band File'. Cajun music is an integral part of the culture of Southwest LA. He now lives in Cincinnati, and teaches at AMIS, which is a magnet Cincinnati Public Schools foreign language academy. He is a founding member of Lagniappe.

Chris Carmichael, a Cincinnati native, plays trumpet and guitar in a variety of musical styles including jazz and Cajun. Chris and Chico began playing with Lagniappe in 1992. His original songs include “Bobby”, a song about Bob Marley and “Trans Siberian Express.” Chris is a cyclist who rides for transportation and recreation. He graduated from Miami University with a BA in English.
**Guitar picture from World Fair Trade day courtesy of Matt. Trumpet picture from Rabbit Hash General Store is courtesy of Michael Garrity.**

Yvan Verbesselt was born in Brussels, Belgium and came to the U.S in 1977 to teach French, in Louisiana. He started with percussion instruments around 1978, mainly spoons and refined his spoon skills with a French blues/rock/folk guitarist. Gradually adding, the 'ti fer (cajun triangle), frottoir (zydeco washboard), bongos, congas, ...to his skills.

Between 1982 and 1987, he had the opportunity to sit in with a variety of cajun musicians while in Louisiana: the Clement Brothers (composers of “Diggy Liggy Lo”) accordionists Larry Miller & Donald Fontenot, and drummer Lesa Cormier.

He moved to Cincinnati in 1989 to teach French for the Cincinnati Public Schools, where he ran into Chico, whom he had met in Louisiana. Yvan hired Lagniappe to play for a Mardi-Gras event at his school, and sat in with them. In the fall of 1992, Yvan joined the band as percussionist and drummer.

**Please note, the other three band members bios, Dick Franz, John Mooter and Jessie Berne will be posted in a few days.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Lagniappe Returns to Rabbit Hash's General Store

I have heard this place talked about many times. The band enjoys visiting this area and playing here (General Store) and at the barn dances. Thanks to Michael Garrity for the pictures to help us get a sense of being there. The guest on the rub board is Keith Baker, percussionist and singer of The Cincinnati Dancing Pigs band.

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Saturday, January 10, 2009

1/10/09 Hamilton Journal News has Lagniappe listed at Ryan's Tavern 6-9pm tonight. Wrong; They are at the Dilly Deli. Sorry for any confusion. Lagniappe will be at Ryan's in February, details later. Thanks for the phone calls.
Lagniappe Returns to the Rabbit Hash, Ky General Store

01/11/09 2:00 – 5:00 pm

Rabbit Hash General Store

10021 Lower River Road,

Rabbit Hash, KY


Thursday, January 08, 2009

Lagniappe at the Dilly Deli Saturday

01/10/09 7:30 – 10:30 pm

Dilly Deli

6818 Wooster Pike
Mariemont Ohio 45227

(513) 561-5233
*Photo from cell phone cam and Dilly Deli diner.

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Happy New Year: May 2009 be healthy, prosperous and fine!

Welcome to all reading the Lagniappe Blog. Feel free to leave comments or email me photos, of your evenings out listening to the band. We enjoy seeing pictures.

If YOU would like to share, just click on my profile on the lower right hand side of the blog for email.


P.S. EDITED 1/6/09: Photographs of Arnold's courtesy of the lovely Martine. Thank you. (Hope you are feeling better!) First picture is of Ronda Androski, owner of Arnold's, counting down to the New Year....then band and family. The band members and their family enjoyed the new menu at Arnold's and the food was very good. Everybody had a great time.

Saturday, January 03, 2009

Lagniappe Photographs from "Last Year" at World Music Fest

World Music Fest was in middle October at the Southgate House, but I just recieved these photos in a "hidden" email a few weeks ago. Some good photos so thought I would share. Photographs are taken by, James H. Wilson of

Thursday, January 01, 2009

March 2009

03/06/09 4:00-6:00pm Arnold's Bockfest
210 E. 8th Street
Cincinnati, Ohio
513 421-6234

03/07/09 10p-1am Mr. Pitiful's Bockfest
1323 Main Street
Downtown Cincinnati
513 369-0202

03/13/09 9 pm - 12:30 am Arnold's

03/14/09 7:30 - 10:30 pm Dilly Deli
6818 Wooster Pike
513 561-5233

03/28/09 9:30 - 1:00 am The Southgate House
24 E. 3rd Street
Newport, Ky
859 431-2201