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October 2014

Exploring Zydeco standards with fiddler Canray Fontenot

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Jazz has Billy Strayhorn and Duke Ellington, rock has Lynyrd Skynyrd and Zydeco has Canray Fontenot.  The Creole fiddler was an award-winning Louisiana musician whose original compositions withstood the test of time to become standards in traditional Zydeco and Cajun music. Read more.

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Back in 1998 the Philadelphia-based Alligator Zydeco Band appeared on Inside Indre, a TV segment filmed at South Philly's Indre Studios that showcased local bands.  Alligator Zydeco Band features the father-daughter team of Greg and Laura Troiano, a pair that has made a name for itself throughout the Zydeco circles both in their hometown and beyond. Read more.

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October is the anniversary of a landmark recording in zydeco. In 1975 Clifton Chenier and his Red Hot Louisiana Band trekked to the Studio in the Country, in Bogalusa, Louisiana to lay down Bogalusa Boogie, a record that still holds up today. Read more.

Floyd’s Record Shop monthly vinyl picks

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An easy introduction to the world of Zydeco and Cajun music could be checking out the monthly vinyl specials at Floyd's Record Shop. Read More

Floyd’s Record Shop monthly music picks

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An easy introduction to the world of Zydeco and Cajun music could be checking out the monthly vinyl specials at Floyd's Record Shop. Read More

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To kick off our Zydeco Crossroads project, the legendary C.J. Chenier and the Red Hot Louisiana Band performed at this summer's XPOnential Music Festival. Watch a performance and interview video trailer for a documentary. Read more

Learning how to Zydeco dance with Cupid

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While most of Zydeco culture has remained under the radar in the Northeast, Lafayette's Cupid created a viral hit that brought the style up the east coast (though we may not have realized it). Read more.

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Philadelphia's Zydeco dance community Allons Danser will be hosting a Halloween pot-luck and Zydeco party at The TK Club in Conshohocken on November 1st with Zydeco-A-Go-Go. Read more.

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Houston-born musician Corey Ledet is a lifelong student of Zydeco music, having begun his playing career when he was just ten years old with Wilbert Thibodeaux and the Zydeco Rascals. Read more.

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Throughout the Zydeco Crossroads project, we're curating a Zydeco Crossroads Spotify playlist that will feature some of the performers that will be joining us for this year's event. Read more