Phoebe Legere’s Bon Appetite is a family-friendly Cajun party band that blends elements of zydeco, New Orleans jazz, country, folk and blues into a spicy gumbo.  A standard bearer of the Acadian-Cajun renaissance, Ms. Legere is descended from one of the original Acadian families in North America. 

Phoebe plays seven instruments. She is an award-winning accordion player and an award-winning songwriter.

Phoebe has released fifteen CDs of original and traditional music. Her 2015 ACADIAN MOON was added to over forty radio stations in Canada. In 2014 Phoebe, received the prestigious Acker Award for Excellence in the Arts. In 2015 she appeared on HBO’s documentary IT’S ME HILARY which was produced by Lena (Girls) Dunham. Her original song Hip Hop Frog, a humorous but deeply serious environmental song, was licensed by HBO and will be on her new album. 

As a teenager Phoebe was signed to Epic Records as a songwriter. She opened for David Bowie on his National Tour in 1991. After the spectacular college radio success of “Marilyn Monroe” (Island Records), and her appearance in numerous underground films, se turned her attention to avant-garde classical music. Ms. Legere has appeared on National Public Radio, CBS Sunday Morning, ABC, NBC, PBS and Charlie Rose. She has performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and at the Congrés Mondial Acadien. She was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for her work with the Cleveland Chamber Symphony. She’s has had six of her original plays with music produced in New York City. She has two upcoming commissions: Theater for the New City (2017) and Dixon Place (2018).

This highly regarded “musicians musician” has said that the death of the record business is a much needed correction. “Right now musicians have a golden opportunity. For the first time in half a century we can shape our own careers. More importantly, musicians are no longer the slaves of music corporations. We are free to invent the music we hear in our hearts today, and invent new ways to deliver it to the listeners of tomorrow.”  

The New York Times raved: “Legere plays the piano with enormous authority in a style that encompasses Chopin, blues, ragtime, bebop and beyond, and she brings to her vocal delivery a four octave range, and an extraordinary palette of tonal color and meticulous phrasing.”

This “multi-keyboard, vocal wizard” (CBS) has been compared to “Beethoven” (Paper Magazine) “Edith Piaf” (Stephen Holden, NY Times), “Frank Zappa” (Billboard) “Dorothy Donegan” (John Wilson, NY Times) “Dorothy Parker” (Ruddy Cheeks, The Phoenix) “Jerry Lee Lewis” (Proctor. Lippincott, NY Times) and “Bobby Short” (LIz Smith, NY Daily News). Washington Post called Phoebe Legere “Mick Jagger with an accordion.” and Timeout called her “the Sexiest Accordionist on the Planet.” 

The Rosedale Cafe is at 434 Main St., in Rosendale. Admission is $10.