Opening Act: French Coast Café Opens House Concert Featuring Robert Lighthouse

Robert Lighthouse Concert Poster

Internationally-recognized Swedish bluesman Robert Lighthouse brought down the “house” at a recent concert in Falls Church, Virginia. Hosts Carole Bausell and Larry Golfer, vocalist/guitarist and bassist, along with guitarist/songwriter Duane Siler,  opened the evening with their band, French Coast Café at their “Offshore Lounge” with their unique sounds of gypsy jazz, bossa nova, samba and Duane’s Americana originals  (translated into French by Carole).

Highlights of the evening in photos follow below.




Larry, Carole, Rob

We were pleased to have guest Rob Petrie of Cold Hard Cash and the Petrified Pickers, join in with his rendition of “Folsom Prison Blues.”




French Coast Café Featured Act at the Epicure Café July 26


Come join us for an evening of entertainment, food and drinks as French Coast Café appears as the featured act in Ron Goad’s Musical Showcase, this Wednesday evening at 7:30pm at the Epicure Café in Fairfax, Virginia. We’ll be joined by five other outstanding acts. Here is the line-up:

1 Terry Turner
4 *French Coast Café*

The Epicure was listed in “The Best Place to Hear Singer-Songwriters” in the Washingtonian Magazine, June 2016

This showcase has been offered since August 2011 by Ron Goad and The Songwriters’ Association of Washington (SAW), a nonprofit organization that hosts the annual Mid-Atlantic Song Contest and publicizes opportunities for the music community monthly at

French Coast Café is a trio of musicians from the Washington, DC area who play what we call French World Music. With Carole Bausell on vocals and percussion, Duane Siler on guitar, and Larry Golfer on electric bass, the group’s niche is both classic and contemporary. We play mostly French music from France as well as French-speaking Canada and other Francophone countries, along with original tunes by our guitarist, Duane.  The music includes French classics, samba, jazz. gypsy jazz, blues, Cajun/Zydeco and world music.


French Coast Café © J. Larry Golfer

Great Fun at Cajun “Fais Do Do” Dance Party and Upcoming Events

French Coast Café, with guest guitarist Jack O’Meara, recently participated as one of 11 bands performing at a Louisiana-style “Fais Do DoCajun dance party. With a repertoire of tunes from Québec, France and Louisiana, French Coast Café continues to expand its exploration of French world music.

The party featured bands playing everything from traditional county such as local recording artist Karen Collins and Friends, to French Cajun trios  and a honky-tonk band, Mostly Honky Tonk, featuring lead singer Rob Petrie of Cold Hard Cash and the Petrified Pickers,  to the sounds of traditional and inventive Cajun and Zydeco-style dance music by Nutalusa and the Louisiana-style party band, the Wild Anacostias, playing  Mardi Gras, Street Parade Brass, Cajun, Zydeco, Funk, R&B & more.

French Coast Café has two upcoming events. One is a private summer kick-off party for a local realtor and one of my real estate photography clients, Jennifer Powell, of the Powell Team at Keller Williams Realty, at a local winery.

Then we have our performance at the Epicure Cafe at Ron Goad’s SAW.ORG Music Variety Showcase, on Wednesday, July 26, 7:30pm – 11:30pm. Everyone is invited to hear us as the featured act that evening at the Epicure along with several other local performing artists.

We’re looking forward to more performances this summer and will post them as they get confirmed.

Update: Clips and Video Added! JV’s and Epicure Café Host Musical Trio French Coast Café


French Coast Café recently performed at JV’s Restaurant  in Falls Church and was one of the acts in Ron Goad’s Songwriter’s Showcase at the Epicure Café in Fairfax, VA. Click HERE to view a video from our performance at JV’s. Upcoming gigs include a private party this month and a special gig as the featured act at the Epicure. Mark you calendars and come out to the Epicure on Wednesday, July 26, 7:30-11:30pm.

We’ll be posting about other appearances as we ramp up for performing in 2017.

If you have an event where you’d like to enchant your guests with the French vocal stylings of Carole Bausell with her band members Duane Siler on guitar and Larry Golfer on electric bass, playing everything from Edith Piaf to gypsy jazz, listen to a preview of clips HERE, and then contact us at