Dennis Stroughmatt & Creole Stomp have been part of PHW’s Cajun Festival since year one and have become a favorite of the winery.
“A jaw-dropping fiddler,” band leader Dennis Stroughmatt, southern Illinois born, was taught in traditional style by Creole fiddlers Roy Boyer, Charlie Pashia and later, Mr. Hadley Castille. “Dennis gradually became an adopted son of the French Midwest Creoles living along the Mississippi River near St Louis.” Having lived in Louisiana and Quebec, Canada, French speaking Stroughmatt and his band memebers strive to educate audiences about the American French Culture through their music.
“Arguably the best band from outside of Louisiana to ever play its music,” Creole Stomp travel the country carrying the long tradition of the Mississippi River Valley Creole Music. In addition to fiddler and accordianist Dennis Stroughmatt, members of Creole Stomp include Jon Watson on drums, Robert Russell on lead guitar, Rob Krumm on bass (from IL but part French Creole), and Jennifer Stroughmatt (the resident French Acadian of Creole Stomp) on rub-board and triangle. Informally known as “The Grateful Dead of Creole music,” this mixture of musicians plays “Creole to the core” with a variety of music not normally heard from strictly Cajun bands, along with a little “old-school Zydeco.”