Marcus Ardoin & Da Zydeco Legends traveled to Philadelphia with Rockin’ Dopsie Jr & The Zydeco Twisters last month for another outstanding evening of music and dance. For this event, WXPN partnered with local community radio station WURD to bring the music to a larger audience and introduce XPN’s listeners to another perspective of zydeco’s importance. Watch highlights of the concert below, along with interviews with WURD radio host Stephanie Renee and WURD listener Rob Carter. Listen back to the full audio archive of the concert here. Read more
For the first Zydeco Crossroads concert back in December, we thought it would be important to introduce the dance aspect of the experience along with the music. So Harold Guillory, a dance instructor from Lake Charles, LA traveled up to Philadelphia with Curley Taylor to lead the sold-out Kimmel Center crowd in a dance lesson before the show. We interviewed Guillory about the dance’s ability to draw new people to the music, why it sets zydeco apart and how it allows fans to express themselves in a different way. Read more
Creole for Kidz & The History of Zydeco is a CD and live show created by musician and educator Terrance Simien. He’s taken the show on the road up and down the eastern seaboard, including a special presentation at the Berklee College of Music for its American Roots Music and African Studies visiting arts program, to educate students about creole culture and music.
On June 6th the program will be presented at a free event in conjunction with Celebrate Brooklyn! at the Prospect Park Bandshell. Read more
Performing in front of a sold-out crowd, Curley Taylor put on a stellar show last December for the Philadelphia launch of Zydeco Crossroads. The Kimmel Center’s Perelman Theatre was packed to the rafters with zydeco fans new and old dancing to the enthusiastic and charismatic music of Taylor’s Zydeco Trouble band. Check out a video of “All Night Long” below. Read more
Zydeco Crossroads’ parent station WXPN has announced the line-up for this year’s highly anticipated XPoNential Music Festival, taking place across the Delaware River at Wiggins Park from July 24-26. Among the roster of XPN staples and exciting up-and-comers are two Louisiana acts that will bring some Creole and Cajun heat to the breezy waterside venue. Read more
Tonight’s dance party with Marcus Ardoin and Da Zydeco Legends and Rockin’ Dopsie Jr and the Zydeco Twisters is sold out! But you can still join in the fun; WXPN will air a live broadcast of the concert on the radio at 88.5FM in Philadelphia and worldwide at XPN.org beginning at 7:30 p.m. Read more