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
Listen to Nathan & The Zydeco Cha Chas Zydeco Crossroads concert
Watch BBC News’ feature on Louisiana’s Creole cowboys
Opening with Herman Fuselier’s KRVS intro, BBC News’ new feature on zydeco digs into the Creole cowboy and trail ride traditions of Southwest Louisiana. 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.
Soul Creole press pause on rising stardom
For two years, Soul Creole, a Cajun and zydeco jam band, created a buzz that captured attention from gigs before movie stars in New Orleans to NPR. But commitments to other bands and family matters have forced members to put the group on “indefinite hiatus,” according to founder and fiddler Louis Michot. Read more
Paul Scott: A helping hand to zydeco, Creole culture
Paul Scott admits he had little interest in zydeco music when he graduated from Opelousas High School in 1982. That same year, a strange concept, something called a zydeco festival, was launched in the nearby community of Plaisance.
A year later, Scott was selling tickets to the event – the Original Southwest Louisiana Zydeco Music Festival. Thirty years later, zydeco festivals stretch from California to Raamsdonksveer, Holland. Read more
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
New documentary highlights Louisiana’s changing music and landscape
In an article for Lafayette’s The Advertiser, Zydeco Crossroads contributor Herman Fuselier highlights a new documentary called By the River of Babylon. The film airs tomorrow evening on WORLD Channel‘s America Reframed program. It will be available worldwide at worldchannel.org beginning Wednesday, June 17th. Read more