Bon Débarras


Bon Débarras, which translsates roughly as "good riddance," is a dynamic trio that delivers high-energy Quebecois music, dance, and poetry. The band features instruments including accordion, mandolin, guitar, rub board, body percussion and percussive dance, stand-up bass, banjo, and vocals. Its inspiration comes both from traditional Quebecois music and from the global influences of its home base of Montreal, one of the most cosmopolitan cities if North America.

Dominic Desrochers comes from a family where there was plenty of traditional singing, dancing, and accordion playing. He added percussive dancing to his skills and shares his knowledge through workshops and master classes. His talent has been widely recognized by well-known groups Quebecois groups including Cirque du Soleil, La Bottine Souriante, and Les 7 doigts de la main.

Multi-instrumentalist Jean-Francois Dumas grew up in a family of musicians and singers. He discovered other people's folk traditions and a passion for cross-cultural fertilization in travels through the United States, Latin America and Europe. He was performed with such groups and artists as La Bottine Souriante and Cedric Watson.

Bass and double-bass player Cédric Dind-Lavoie is active on the Montreal music scene and has played with musicians from a broad range of backgrounds, including West African musicians like Prince Diabaté and Balla Tounkara.


SCHEDULE: Friday, Boarding House Park, 7:15 p.m.; Saturday, JFK Plaza, 1 p.m.; Sunday, JFK Plaza, 1 p.m.