The High Life Cajun Band plays straight-out Cajun dance music. The dueling fiddle and accordion, French lyrics, and addictive beat, get everyone’s bodies rock’n’steady!

The band includes Jacob Pennison (Morgan City, LA) on accordion and vocals, Ben Guzman (Los Angeles) on fiddle and Angela Wood (Chicago) on triangle, vocals and guitar. Sometimes Frances Toast is sitting in on drums and a bass player joins as well.

Jacob Pennison has been studying accordion for the past 5 years. Ben Guzman has been playing traditional American fiddle music for over a decade, and was one of the Feet in the Los Angeles Old Time band Triple Chicken Foot. Angela Wood is a newcomer to playing music live out and about – but enjoys keeping the rhythm going, and belting out some of the saddest songs out there!

The High Life Cajun Band


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Available for dances, backyard parties, and public events!

HLCB - Avant Que Tu Retourne

Purchase the whole album for $5.00 on our BANDCAMP page

Accordion/Vocal – Paul Rathje
Fiddle – Ben Guzman
Guitar – Jonathan Shifflett
Triangle – Angela Wood
Bass – Ben Kramer

Recorded September, 2016 – Echo Park

5/12/16 The 11th Ever Los Angeles Old Time Social

6/11/16 Make Music Pasadena

7/23/16 Echo Park Fais Do Do

7/30/16 LA Weekly Burgers & Beer Festival