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August 2015

Pencil it in: Allons Danser concert calender

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Summer may be winding down but the dance parties are just getting started. Check out Allons Danser's upcoming event schedule below and get ready to have some fun. Read more

A look back at New Orleans Music in Exile

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Ten years ago, Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast, displacing hundreds of thousands of residents and causing massive damage to the southern states. With the country recoiling from the blow, filmmaker Robert Mugge, who has been documenting our Zydeco Crossroads journey this year, captured the devastating shockwaves and glimmers of hope surrounding the hurricane in his 2006 documentary New Orleans Music in Exile. Read more

Nathan Williams recognized as folk master

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Nathan Williams has lived by the words, “you reap what you sow.” In his 30 years as leader of Nathan and the Zydeco Cha Chas, Williams has worked hard, throughout the United States and Canada, to establish a reputation as an ambassador of Louisiana culture. Read more

Ben Sandmel on the vibrant evolution of Zydeco

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Writer, musician, and folkorist Ben Sandmel writes about the vibrant evolution of Zydeco music. Read more here.

Jockey Etienne, legendary cardboard box drummer, passes away

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Musicians, friends and fans are remembering legendary zydeco and R&B drummer Clarence “Jockey” Etienne, who died Aug. 16 at his home in Lafayette, La. He was 81. Read more

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Keith Frank, Corey Ledet, Rosie Ledet, Boozoo Chavis and more featured in a new episode of the Zydeco Crossroads radio hour hosted by Herman Fuselier. Listen here.

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You're not going to want to miss this! Get your tickets now for the Zydeco Crossroads grand finale weekend at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia. Go here for tickets and more information.

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The 54th annual Philadelphia Folk Festival begins this Thursday, August 13th with a weekend full of national and local acts. On Sunday August 16th, WXPN and Zydeco Crossroads will present Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band at the Schwenksville, PA event. Discounted tickets for Sunday can be purchased by entering the code "allonsdanser" at check-out on the festival website. Read more

9 Places You Must Hear Zydeco

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Zydeco can be heard across the U.S. and worldwide today, thanks to extensive touring by artists like the indefatigable Buckwheat Zydeco. But here are the best places to hear zydeco. Read more

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We've captured some pretty incredible videos during the last year of Zydeco Crossroads, from Rockin' Dopsie Jr at El Sido's to Creole United's "Happy," and now you can watch a selection of our favorites over on VuHaus. The new collaborative public radio video website has a great collection of live performances, including a few clips from the recent XPoNential Music Festival. Check out the original "Happy" video below and watch the VuHaus videos here. Read more