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The last time I saw Beausoleil, I had not yet developed musical taste. I was 10 years old (OK, perhaps closer to 17), and Beausoleil was playing under a striped tent at a Pennsylvania arts festival (OK, more like a country fair). There was an all-polka stage—and birch beer in kegs. While bandleader Michael Doucet, a man who had literally trudged through the bayous of Louisiana collecting songs from little-known Acadian minstrels, recited the regional history of Cajun music on his fiddle, I decided to forgo the show and roam the festival grounds for funnel cakes and holupkies. Few musical regrets—besides seeing Sheryl Crow thrice—come close to this painful memory. Beausoleil’s portfolio of songs reflects the long, scattered lineage of a Euro-Canadian-American musical style—widely known as Cajun—that encompasses many distinct genres: Creole, blues, South Louisiana swamp-pop, New Orleans jazz, and Afro-Caribbean. Doucet & Co. re-blaze all these trails at 8 p.m. at the University of Maryland’s Tawes Theatre, University Boulevard & Adelphi Road, College Park. $15-$25. (301) 405-7847. (Dan Gilgoff)