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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

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

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

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

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

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, 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

Summer may be winding down but the dance parties are just getting started. Check out Allons Danser’s upcoming event schedule below and get ready to have some fun. Read more

Ten years ago, Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast, displacing hundreds of thousands of residents and causing massive damage to the southern states. With the country recoiling from the blow, filmmaker Robert Mugge, who has been documenting our Zydeco Crossroads journey this year, captured the devastating shockwaves and glimmers of hope surrounding the hurricane in his 2006 documentary New Orleans Music in Exile. Read more

Nathan Williams has lived by the words, “you reap what you sow.” In his 30 years as leader of Nathan and the Zydeco Cha Chas, Williams has worked hard, throughout the United States and Canada, to establish a reputation as an ambassador of Louisiana culture. Read more