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September 2015

Zydeco is in the blood for Cedryl Ballou

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Cedryl Ballou couldn’t help but play zydeco. The music and his family share deep roots. In 1954, Cedryl’s grandfather, Classie Ballou, played with Boozoo Chavis on zydeco’s first commercial hit, “Paper in My Shoe. The late Rockin’ Sidney, Grammy winner and composer of zydeco’s lone million seller, “My Toot Toot,” was Cedryl’s maternal grandmother’s husband. When Cedryl plays his white, triple-row accordion, he’s carrying some of Rockin’ Sidney with him. Read more

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Corey Ledet announced a new side project he's working on with producer Jesse Belliveau earlier week, debuting their cover of Whitney Houston's "How Will I Know" on Wednesday. Read more

Going for It: Zydeco in the Recording Studio

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When I was sixteen years old, in the late 1960s, I dreamed of making records. I collected them, too, especially blues on 45 RPM discs. Yet, the men behind the records intrigued me as much as the music. Read more

Set times announced for the Zydeco Crossroads finale weekend

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WXPN's year-long exploration of zydeco culture is coming to end next month, but not without some fanfare. As previously announced, World Cafe Live in Philadelphia will host a two-day finale event on October 23rd and 24th with music, food, panel discussions and the premiere of Robert Mugge's Zydeco Crossroads: A Tale of Two Cities documentary. The full schedule has just been finalized and is published below. Read more

Watch Corey Ledet play the Rhythm and Roots Festival

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Corey Ledet & His Zydeco Band traveled up to Rhode Island for the 2015 Rhythm and Roots Festival last weekend, playing to a packed house of zydeco dancing fans. Watch a clip of their set below and pick up tickets for their Philadelphia appearance at the Zydeco Crossroads finale weekend here. They'll be joined by Rosie Ledet, […] Read More

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The official world premiere of Zydeco Crossroads: A Tale of Two Cities will take place at the Vermillionville Performance Center on October 13th in conjunction with the annual Cinema on the Bayou film festival. Read more

Lafayette’s GIVERS return to Philadelphia on 11/20

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Lafayette, LA indie pop group GIVERS will return to Philadelphia on November 20th for a show at Boot & Saddle, their first Philly date since the summer of 2012. Read more