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Charivari is the term given to a noisy, mock serenade for newlyweds that was generally performed before the house of any person of advanced age who married a second time. The custom was most commonly practiced in the prairie region of Cajun Lousiana, and was almost always a wild and raucous event.

Charivari is also the name taken by members of the former Mamou Prairie Band, which played frequently in the Buffalo area during the late '80s and early '90s. Like its Cajun roots, an evening with Charivari, the band says, "is a party with the anticipation of great results, but some uncertainty of what to expect."

Now with five band members, down from seven, Charivari remains a high energy dance band performing traditional Cajun music, including waltzes, two-steps, fiddle tunes and Creole songs from the masters -- all sprinkled generously with original compositions.

The band retains many of the original Mamou members, including long-time leader and fiddle player Mitchell Reed, guitarist/vocalist J. Randy Vidrine, bassist Lois Sprague and drummer Ben Goodwin. The newest member is former Mamou Jonno Frishberg on accordion, who is married to a woman from Buffalo. Charivari will take the stage at 9 p.m. Tuesday in Nietzsche's, 248 Allen St. Admission is $5 at the door. Call 886-8539 for more information.

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