CZ and the Bon Vivants is a rip-roaring, foot-stomping, smile-til-you-cry kind of Cajun Zydeco band that has Bay Area audiences up and dancing in record time. Relatively new to the scene, they have already played for the Kaiser Rooftop concert series, the Oakland noon summer concerts, the Solano Stroll, the Ashkenaz, the Alameda Education Foundation, the Julia Morgan Theater, mansions, wineries, boats, festivals, and many a dance hall near you.
Andrew Carriere, accordion and vocals, from Lake Charles, Louisiana, hails from a long line of Louisiana musicians. To hear Andrew sing is to BE in Louisiana!
Catherine Matovich, fiddle and vocals, has played back-up for Olivia Newton-John, Isaac Hayes, Barry Manilow, the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, has toured with Neil Diamond, and is a member of the California Symphony.
Marty Jara, guitar and vocals, is known through-out the Bay Area as a popular (he’s in 5 bands!!) multi-talented multi-instrumentalist. Marty, from time to time, guests on twin fiddle with CZ and the Bon Vivants.
Elaine Herrick, bass, plays not only Cajun and Zydeco, but jazz, Latin funk and any other genre with a great beat. She’s a member of the Vallejo Symphony.
Timothy Orr, drums, has worked with many Cajun and Zydeco groups on both coasts, including Andre Thierry, Tete Rouge and Zydeco Slim. Tim now is a PR associate with the Monterey Jazz festival.