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
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
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.
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