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, Keith Frank and more.
Tickets are on sale now for the Zydeco Crossroads grand finale weekend on Friday, October 23rd & Saturday, October 24th at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia.
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• 5 Zydeco Bands including Corey Ledet and His Zydeco Band, Rosie Ledet, Ruben Moreno, Keith Frank and the Soileau Zydeco Band, and Wayne Singleton and Same Ol 2 Step.
• Premiere of the Zydeco Crossroads documentary by filmmaker Robert Mugge
• Panel discussion on the evolution, influence and future of Zydeco, moderated by World Cafe host, David Dye
• Zydeco dancing, Cajun food, and more!
$40 in advance | XPN Members: $35 (with Promo Code)
$50 at the door
World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut Street, Philadelphia Pa. 19104
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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” at the Blue Moon Saloon, 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 from across the country, including a few clips from the recent XPoNential Music Festival. Check out the original “Happy” video below and watch the VuHaus videos here.
Credit: Buckwheat Zydeco at Freedom Over Texas on July 4th, 2015 | photo by Jon Shapley/Houston Chronicle
While performing in Texas on the 4th of July, Buckwheat Zydeco was interviewed by an aspiring journalist named Juliette. He gives a detailed history of his entre into zydeco and shares his favorite things about America and the 4th of July.
Credit: Trey Anastasio Band | photo by Dave Barnum via JamForums
While Zydeco musicians have a lot of fun putting their Creole flair on mainstream pop and rock songs (just ask Sean Ardoin, Buckwheat Zydeco or C.J. Chenier) it’s less often that a band outside of Southwest Louisiana covers a zydeco tune. But not only has Phish frontman Trey Anastasio covered Chris Ardoin and Double Clutchin‘s 1998 single “Acting the Devil,” he and his solo band have played the song in concert thirty times between 2001 and 2014.
A video of TAB’s 2002 concert at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, NJ surfaced a couple years ago, with the band opening their show with the cover. You can listen to the performance below (played between 00:00 and 05:30), followed by the original. See what other zydeco songs Phish fans are digging here.
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.
Photo: Harold Guillory teaching the crowd how to dance at the first Zydeco Crossroads concert
For the first Zydeco Crossroads concert back in December, we knew it would be important to introduce the dance aspect of the zydeco 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.
In this backstage interview with Curley Taylor, the Zydeco Trouble band leader gives us a glimpse into his own zydeco experience. Taylor discusses the rapid growth of zydeco in Southwest Louisiana and across the country, his creative motivation and the ability of the music to draw in many different types of fans.
The interview was filmed while Taylor was in town last December for the first Zydeco Crossroads dance party. You can watch a video of the band performing “All Night Long” from the concert here, and listen back to the full audio archive here.
In October of last year, Zydeco Crossroads toured Martin Accordions in Scott, Louisiana. The family-owned business has been manufacturing and repairing accordions for thirty years, led by “Junior” Martin, his son Anthony and daughter Penny.
In this behind-the-scenes video of the shop Anthony walks us around the showroom, explaining the differences in accordion styles and pointing out the unique features of the Martin accordion. In the workshop we see how detailed the process of making an accordion is and Anthony tells us what makes him so proud of their product.
Take the tour below and then learn about how rubboards are made here.
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 and listen back to the full concert here.