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June 2015

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Louisiana's Lost Bayou Ramblers will be in our neck of the woods next month when they perform at WXPN's XPoNential Music Festival on the Camden waterfront. If you can't make it to their Friday night set on July 24th, though,  you'll have a second chance to see the Grammy Award-nominated Cajun band at Tellus 360 in Lancaster, PA the following night. Read more

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Friday night, June 26th at 8:30pm ET, Zydeco Crossroads presents Nathan & The Zydeco Cha-Chas live in concert via WXPN and VuHaus. The zydeco legend will be performing at Penns Landing Caterers in Philadelphia. Watch the concert live here tomorrow night at 8:30pm ET.

Soul Creole press pause on rising stardom

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For two years, Soul Creole, a Cajun and zydeco jam band, created a buzz that captured attention from gigs before movie stars in New Orleans to NPR. But commitments to other bands and family matters have forced members to put the group on “indefinite hiatus,” according to founder and fiddler Louis Michot. Read more

Paul Scott: A helping hand to zydeco, Creole culture

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Paul Scott admits he had little interest in zydeco music when he graduated from Opelousas High School in 1982. That same year, a strange concept, something called a zydeco festival, was launched in the nearby community of Plaisance.

A year later, Scott was selling tickets to the event – the Original Southwest Louisiana Zydeco Music Festival. Thirty years later, zydeco festivals stretch from California to Raamsdonksveer, Holland. Read more

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Nathan & The Zydeco Cha Chas will be in Philadelphia next week for two free concerts.

On Wednesday, June 24th the Lafayette, LA band takes over Dilworth Park at City Hall for WXPN's Live at Lunch series. Then on Friday, June 26th Williams and dance instructor Harold Guillory join us for the next Zydeco Crossroads Dance Party at Penn's Landing Caterers.

Check out our Artist Spotlight on Williams below. Go here for more details on Wednesday's show, and here to RSVP for Friday's party. Read more

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In an article for Lafayette's The Advertiser, Zydeco Crossroads contributor Herman Fuselier highlights a new documentary called By the River of Babylon. The film airs tomorrow evening on WORLD Channel's America Reframed program. It will be available worldwide at worldchannel.org beginning Wednesday, June 17th. Read more

Stream Rosie Ledet’s new record on Bandcamp

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Rosie Ledet has released a much-anticipated new record called RAW! this week, following up 2013's Slap Your Mama with a brand new collection of original material. Read more

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RSVP for the next free Zydeco Crossroads concert with Nathan Williams & The Zydeco Cha-Chas and dance instructor Harold Guillory here.

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Buckwheat Zydeco appeared on West Virginia Public Radio and NPR's Mountain Stage program a few weeks ago, marking his second visit to the show's Charleston, WV venue. Read more

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Pound for pound is an old term used in boxing. It often refers to a fighter who may not be the biggest, tallest, fastest and strongest.

But judging his overall skills and abilities, he is the best boxer around – regardless of weight class.

In the world of zydeco accordion players, Jeffery Broussard doesn’t have the biggest name. He doesn’t draw the biggest crowds (at least, not at home) or have the most girlfriends.

But pound for pound, Jeffery Broussard is the best accordion player around. Read more