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
Opelousas welcomes “Zydeco Music” exhibit to town
Opelousas, LA residents have a new way of exploring the history of their native music. According to Offbeat Magazine, a “Zydeco Music” exhibit has opened in the city’s Vieux Village Welcome Center and focuses on the music’s historical trajectory. Read more
Dance with Rusty Metoyer and the Zydeco Krush at the TK Club this Friday
When Rusty Metoyer made his TK Club debut two years ago, he had just released his first record Take My Hand. He and his Zydeco Krush band will bring their contemporary zydeco music to the Conshohocken venue again this Friday, July 10th. Read more
XPN brings Lost Bayou Ramblers to Lancaster, PA next month
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
Watch the live webcast of Nathan & The Zydeco Cha-Chas on Friday, June 26th.
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.
Two opportunities to see Nathan & The Zydeco Cha Chas next week
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
RSVP for the next free Zydeco Crossroads concert with Nathan & The Zydeco Cha-Chas
WXPN brings Geno Delafose to the Commodore Barry Club on Friday
WXPN and Allons Danser are excited to welcome Geno Delafose & French Rockin’ Boogie to the Commodore Barry Club in Mount Airy, Philadelphia this Friday, May 29th. Read more
Watch: WURD host Stephanie Renee on zydeco, highlights of Marcus Ardoin and Rockin’ Dopsie in concert
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
Watch an interview with zydeco dance instructor Harold Guillory
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