MILLHEIM — What’s the difference between chopping up an onion and chopping up a banjo?
You don’t cry when chopping up a banjo.
This humble instrument, the brunt of many a high strung joke, will share the stage and the spotlight Saturday evening when it’s joined by an accordion and washboard for a highly spirited evening of tunes that celebrate the eclectic sounds of zydeco music.
The Elk Creek Caf, Route 45 in Millheim, will be the setting for the return of the ever-popular zydeco-infused band The MacGillicuddies.
“People don’t realize how terrific a banjo and an accordion can sound. Our music is a lot of fun and guaranteed to put you in a great mood and make you want to dance,” said Emelie Peine, a Washington state resident who provides both vocals and washboard tunes for the band that has members scattered across the country.
“We love playing at Elk Creek and have probably played at that location at least a dozen times and we always have a fantastic experience. Our goal is for people to leave our show with a smile on their face and feeling exhausted from dancing so much.”
So, just how does a band, with members scattered some 3,000 miles apart that only performs about one or two gigs a year, end up playing in the sleepy little town of Millheim?
The answer is pretty simple since one of the seven band members teaches at Penn State and lives near the Elk Creek Cafe, a venue that has become a popular destination for music lovers.
“There is always a fantastic crowd at the Elk Creek Cafe and we’re expecting our visit there to be just as great and for the place to be packed,” Peine said. “Our music is very upbeat, very high energy and music you just want to get out of your seat and dance to.”