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Clifton Chenier

In the history of popular and vernacular music it is usually hard to pinpoint the genesis of a new genre or style on one particular individual. Many musicologists acknowledge today that blacks in Louisiana adopted the accordion before their white Cajun counterparts. Modern zydeco music even includes Caribbean and Latin rhythms along with strains of modern rock and pop. Clifton Chenier did not create zydeco a credit generally given to Amédé Ardoin, a diatonic accordionist who in 1929 cut the first zydeco record though he certainly codified the way this Louisiana Creole music is still played in the bayous and beyond. Bypassing the old fashioned diatonic button squeezebox and mastering the chromatic piano accordion, Clifton Chenier developed fresh approaches to traditional French folk songs and the blues

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New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival 2018

Read "New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival 2018" reviewed by Mark Robbins

Yes, Virginia, there is jazz at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. From it's inception in 1970, George Wein, mastermind of the Newport Jazz Festival and the Newport Folk Festival, created a festival that was indigenous with New Orleans. Whether it was the music, food, arts and crafts everything was New Orleans. That first year ...

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Way Down In Louisiana

Read "Way Down In Louisiana" reviewed by James Nadal

Way Down In Louisiana Todd Mouton 302 Pages ISBN: # 978-1-935754-73-2 University of Louisiana at Lafayette Press 2015 Of all the states which comprise America, Louisiana is one of the most diverse when it comes to acculturation, specifically when applied to music. With the convergence of Spanish, French, and ...

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Simi Valley Cajun-Blues Festival 2014 Announces Headliners

Simi Valley Cajun-Blues Festival 2014 Announces Headliners

The 25th annual Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Festival will rock once again at Memorial Day weekend, May 24-25, at Rancho Santa Susanna Community Park, 5005 Los Angeles Ave., in Simi Valley. The event features two full stages for each of its musical genres. Music will proceed non-stop each day from 12 noon until 7:30 p.m. ...

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Buckwheat Zydeco to Perform at Sellersville (PA) Theater

Buckwheat Zydeco to Perform at Sellersville (PA) Theater

Grammy Award-winning American musical legend Stanley “Buckwheat" Dural Jr. - along with his band, Buckwheat Zydeco - is the preeminent ambassador of Louisiana zydeco music. Buckwheat Zydeco will perform at the Sellersville Theater in Sellersville on Friday, August 3, 2012. Their latest release (and Alligator Records debut) is the Grammy Award-winning CD, Lay Your Burden Down. ...

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Buckwheat Zydeco to Perform in Camden, NJ

Buckwheat Zydeco to Perform in Camden, NJ

"Stanley 'Buckwheat' Dural leads one of the best bands in America. A down-home and high-powered celebration, meaty and muscular with a fine-tuned sense of dynamics...propulsive rhythms, incendiary performances." — The New York Times Grammy Award-winning American musical legend Stanley “Buckwheat" Dural Jr. - along with his band, Buckwheat Zydeco - is the preeminent ambassador of Louisiana ...

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Buckwheat Zydeco to Perform in New Hope March 1

Buckwheat Zydeco to Perform in New Hope March 1

Grammy Award-winning American musical legend Stanley “Buckwheat" Dural Jr.—along with his band, Buckwheat Zydeco—is the preeminent ambassador of Louisiana zydeco music. Buckwheat Zydeco will perform at The New Hope Winery in New Hope on Thursday, March 1, 2012. Their latest release (and Alligator Records debut) is the Grammy Award-winning CD, Lay Your Burden Down. This is ...

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Grammy Award Winning Buckwheat Zydeco to Perform in Wilmington

Grammy Award Winning Buckwheat Zydeco to Perform in Wilmington

Grammy Award-winning American musical legend Stanley “Buckwheat" Dural Jr.—along with his band, Buckwheat Zydeco—is the preeminent ambassador of Louisiana zydeco music. Buckwheat Zydeco will perform at World Cafe Live at The Queen in Wilmington on Monday, February 27, 2012. Their latest release (and Alligator Records debut) is the Grammy Award-winning CD, Lay Your Burden Down. This ...

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Grammy Award-Winning Buckwheat Zydeco to Perform in Arden

"Stanley 'Buckwheat' Dural leads one of the best bands in America. A down-home and high-powered celebration, meaty and muscular with a fine-tuned sense of dynamics...propulsive rhythms, incendiary performances."—The New York Times Grammy Award-winning American musical legend Stanley “Buckwheat" Dural Jr.—along with his band, Buckwheat Zydeco—is the preeminent ambassador of Louisiana zydeco music. Buckwheat Zydeco will perform ...

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Buckwheat Zydeco to Perform in Sellersville (PA) & Bordentown (NJ)

Buckwheat Zydeco to Perform in Sellersville (PA) & Bordentown (NJ)

"Stanley 'Buckwheat' Dural leads one of the best bands in America. A down-home and high-powered celebration, meaty and muscular with a fine-tuned sense of dynamics...propulsive rhythms, incendiary performances."—The New York Times Grammy Award-winning American musical legend Stanley “Buckwheat" Dural Jr.—along with his band, Buckwheat Zydeco—is the preeminent ambassador of Louisiana zydeco music. Buckwheat Zydeco is on ...


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