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LET'S KEEP SUPPORTING LIVE LOUISIANA MUSIC! CHECK THIS SITE FREQUENTLY FOR UPCOMING EVENTS!
To book bands for other events, or for Cajun or Zydeco Dance Lessons, contact Laura at (917) 208-2432 or zydecolaura@hotmail.com

UPCOMING SHOWS FOR 2017

 

Nathan

Friday, June 16th, 2017

Nathan & the Zydeco Cha-Chas

Ain't Nothing But a Party

www.zydecochachas.com

Nathan Williams' blend of zydeco follows the bluesy tradition started by Clifton Chenier. His R & B infected grooves reflect an easy going danceability that has made his versions of "Steady Rock" and "Your Mama Don't Know" hits in South Louisiana. Nathan & his band are simply one of the best zydeco groups playing today, matching superb musicianship and clever songs with a knack for keeping dancers on the floor. Nathan's compositions offer a rich experience for listeners as well as dancers, often incorporating touches of reggae, R & B, and rock.

WHAT THE CRITICS ARE SAYING "Williams pushes the simple, R&B-infected music into near pop perfection by placing strong melodies over the classic syncopated rhythms. As a songwriter Williams cannot be beat." Boston Globe, Clea Simon

"One of the nation's premier dance bands. Where younger zydeco stars music pumps his swings." - Blues Rag, Joan Keenan

"Tooting saxophones, chicken scratch on the rubboard and zesty guitar licks that would make Snooks Eaglin proud. Hotter than Tobasco sauce on a crawdad."- Syracuse New Times, Allen Czelusniak

Tasty & Reasonably priced food - Full Bar - Great Wooden Dance Floor 

Connollys on 45th St (Food Available)
121 West 45th Street (between 6th and 7th Ave) - 3rd Floor
Doors: 6:30 pm for dinner, drinks or socializing
Music : 8:00 pm to 11:30  
Admission $22 -- Tickets at the door, admission guaranteed 

PARKING:  Metered street parking on Friday evenings

Cheapest garage:  The Edison-Hippodrome Park/Fast on 44th between 5th and 6th Ave


 

SOME OF OUR PAST SHOWS....

FeufolletFriday, June 2, 2017

FEUFOLLET 

Beautiful Cajun Music
Louisiana's Best here in NYC

www.feufollet.net

Feufollet is Americana at it’s finest. The young and vibrant Southwest Louisiana band takes Cajun, honky-tonk, and string-band music as their starting point, and keeps an open mind about where their song craft will lead them. Feufollet proves their Cajun roots don’t define them as much as propel them forward; whispers of the swamp and its time-honored waltzes trigger a modern and broad musical imagination, one that finds equal expression in blues, old-time, country ballads, rock’n’roll, whatever, all for the sake of the song.

This band is comprised of Chris Stafford: Vocals, Accordion, Acoustic and Electric Guitars
Kelli Jones-Savoy: Vocals, Fiddle, Acoustic Guitar
Andrew Toups: Keyboards
Mike Stafford: Drums
Philippe Billeaudeaux: Bass

Above all else, the album’s signature sound comes from the vocal performances. Flipping from husky honky-tonk angel to French chanteuse, Kelli’s voice perfectly pairs with Stafford’s swamp-pop vocal stylings. As the two trade off lead and harmony parts, they hit upon some of the same magic as history’s greatest duet partners—Emmylou Harris and Gram Parsons, Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings, and Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham. 

The Let's Zydeco shows are dancer friendly -- but you do not have to dance --

We welcome all who Love and want to support Live Louisiana Music

Tasty & Reasonably priced food - Full Bar - Great Wooden Dance Floor 

Connollys on 45th St (Food Available)
121 West 45th Street (between 6th and 7th Ave) - 3rd Floor
Doors: 6:00 pm for dinner, drinks or socializing

Cajun Dance Lesson around 7:00 pm
Music : 8:00 pm to 11:30  
Admission $22 -- Tickets at the door, admission guaranteed 

PARKING:  Metered street parking on Friday evenings

Cheapest garage:  The Edison-Hippodrome Park/Fast on 44th between 5th and 6th Ave


Leroy ThomasSaturday, April 22, 2017

TERRY & THE ZYDECO BAD BOYS

"Hot All-Star Louisiana Zydeco Band"

Video Link          
Facebook Page
Featured on the TODAY SHOW

"Hailing from Duson, Louisiana, this band is hot!  Led by accordion player Terry Domingue, with an all-star band line-up ... featuring musicians who are from Beau Jocque, Rosie Ledet, Geno Delafose and Curley Taylor Bands.  This band plays some of the most interesting, contemporary zydeco around, both highly innovative and deeply respected for tradition.  And the group's name notwithstanding, they are all genuinely nice guys.  This will be their first NYC / Let's Zydeco appearance.

Featured on The TODAY SHOW ... the happiest people in the US

Tasty & Reasonably priced food - Full Bar - Great Wooden Dance Floor 


Leroy Thomas

Sunday, April 9th, 2017

The Lustre Kings

 "Rockabilly ...at its Best"
www.lustrekings.com

We're thrilled to be welcoming one of the top Rockabilly Dance Bands to Connolly's for their third LET'S ZYDECO show.

You may have heard THE LUSTRE KINGS at The New Jersey Danceathon, or at some of the Zydeco Festivals... They have accompanied Wanda Jackson for over five years, and frequently work with other seasoned artists like Bill Kirchen, Eddie Angel and Robert Gordon.

Wanda Jackson says, "I have worked with many bands around the world through the years, and none are better than Mark Gamsjager and the Lustre Kings. Their fine showmanship and musical ability make them the greatest in my book. THEY ROCK!!"

The Lustre Kings have a devoted international fan base and they continue to tear up the road every year, performing over 150 dates annually and appearing regularly at events like the Viva Las Vegas Festival (Las Vegas NV), the Heritage Folk Festival (Bangor ME) and the Rockin 50s Fest (Green Bay WI) as well as at famed haunts such as the Continental Club (Austin TX), The Sutler (Nashville TN), The Starr Bar (Atlanta GA), The Hi-Tone (Memphis TN), Johnny D's (Somerville MA), The Big C Jamboree at Martyr's (Chicago IL) and, of course, the Mid-City Lanes Rock 'n' Bowl (New Orleans LA).

Tasty & Reasonably priced food - Full Bar - Great Wooden Dance Floor 


 

Zydegroove

Saturday, March 25th, 2017

ZydeGroove

 "Irresistible Dance Grooves"
www.zydegroove.com

ZydeGroove is bringing their signature country zydeco sound to Connolly's. The band led by Laren Droll on accordion has been long in the making, with roots stretching back 20 years in the Northeast Cajun/Zydeco scene. Delivering irresistible dance grooves is what this band is all about. 

"In my near half a century of being eyebrow deep into Cajun French Music gives me any qualification, I would tell you that Laren, among many great accordion players, is one of my absolute favorites. He is one of the best and most versatile musicians left playing old time, straight and true zydeco ala Boozoo, Delton Broussard, John Delafose, etc. Laren and ZydeGroove, his assembly of many of the best players in the Northeast, will definitely put you on the dance floor." Jesse Lege 

Listen to a ZydeGroove video playlist on youtube:
http://tinyurl.com/qgj2c6p  


Jeffery Broussard

Sunday, March 12th at Connollys


Jeffery Broussard & The Creole Cowboys

"Accordionist of the Year" 
Zydeco Music & Creole Heritage Awards Recipient
Louisiana Division of the Arts grant recipient


www.jefferybroussard.com

Jeffery Broussard & The Creole Cowboys features the accordion mastery and soulful vocals of front man Jeffery Broussard, from the legendary band, Zydeco Force. The band delivers great, pack-the-floor renditions of Creole classics as well as their own brand of contemporary Zydeco. Early Creole music, as played by legends Canray Fontenot on fiddle and Jeffery's father, accordion player Delton Broussard, is experiencing a well-deserved resurgence of interest in Louisiana today. Jeffery Broussard & The Creole Cowboys are presenting their music with contemporary flair and expertise. 

"Jeffery Broussard has long been respected as one of the greatest accordion players to ever
grace our beautiful Creole culture and for that matter the world." -- Don Cravins, Sr., Mayor of Opelousas, LA, Zydeco Capital of the World 


Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys

Friday, February 17, 2017

STEVE RILEY & THE MAMOU PLAYBOYS

GRAMMY NOMINEES - Cajun Icons   
"Best Cajun Band of the Year"

‘…One of the finest Cajun bands in history’ – WASHINGTON POST
‘Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys are kind of like a Cajun Beatles.’ – THE INDEPENDENT WEEKLY

www.mamouplayboys.com

STEVE RILEY & THE MAMOU PLAYBOYS are a phenomenon in the age of progressive Cajun music.Their dynamic music has awarded them much recognition, including 4 Grammy nominations, selection by the Smithsonian for their Folk Masters Series, and winners of many CFMA awards for "Best Cajun Band of the Year,". With their uncompromising respect for tradition and a forward-looking vision, Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys have set the standard for modern Cajun music. 

Tasty & Reasonably priced food - Full Bar - Great Wooden Dance Floor 


 

T'MondeMARDI GRAS PARTY - Sunday, February 26 

C.J. CHENIER  & THE RED HOT LOUISIANA BAND

"The Crown Prince of Zydeco" 
Grammy Nominated - 2011

website www.officialcjchenier.com

Let's Zydeco's 2014 Mardi Gras Show with C.J. Chenier highlighted in THE NEW YORKER: http://nyr.kr/1lnwoZH

Tasty & Reasonably priced dining - Full Bar - 
Experience Top Level Sound & Sprung Wooden Dance Floor


Living Blues magazine hails him as "The best living zydeco singer and accordionist."
"Complex, driving rhythms force you to dance. A powerful, soulful vocal delivery forces you to listen" .. The Chicago Defender 

To his legions of fans, he's the man whose music moves them deep in their souls, and to those who love to dance he's the man who makes holes in the soles of their shoes. He is the source of the infectious, rhythmic music fueling the wild dance parties that erupt whenever he plays. He is Clayton Joseph (C.J.) Chenier, son of legendary zydeco master and pioneer, Clifton Chenier.

Carrying on the legacy of his late father, "The King of Zydeco" Clifton Chenier, C.J. has been fronting the famous Red Hot Louisiana Band for almost 2 decades, reinvigorating the genre with his exceptional musicianship. C.J. Chenier records on the Alligator Label. He has garnered several "Zydeco Album of The Year" awards, consecutive Living Blues Critics awards, and a 1997 NAIRD Indie Award.

www.officialcjchenier.com 
"This is happy music, and it makes you dance.” ...C.J. Chenier  

Tickets should be purchased at the door -- Admission guaranteed -- Everyone will get in
Come join us at Connollys, and help keep Louisiana Cajun & Zydeco music & dance alive and well in NYC 


 

L'il MoSaturday, January 28, 2017

L'IL MO & the MONICATS

A Classic Country, Rockabilly Swing, Honky Tonk Good Time

Tasty Food - Full Bar - Wooden Dance Floor - Top Level Sound

 www.reverbnation.com/lilmothemonicats 

Li'l Mo & the Monicats will be featured Connollys on 45th Street. We are back at our original and much loved venue ... Connollys has a tasty and varied menu, full bar, top of the line sound system, and a great wooden floor for dancing.

The Monicats will keep you dancing to old-school country, rockabilly, swing, jump blues, and 60s pop-inspired songs. . It's been over 2 years since we have had this extra-special band!  Li’l Mo & The Monicats shows have been highlighted as well as illustrated in The New Yorker.

Bill Kirchen, Titan of The Telecaster, wrote the liner notes for the current (fourth) Monicats album, Whole Lotta Lovin’: “Boy, can she sing. Monica is a triple-threat, a chanteuse who can rock and write songs you swear you grew up with. This is the real deal, a captivating singer with soulful new material, and a voice that breathes life into some choice classics.”


Zydegroove**CANCELLED DUE TO SNOW**

Saturday, January 7, 2017

ZydeGroove

www.zydegroove.com

On a roll from their biggest year of gigging yet, ZydeGroove is bringing their signature country zydeco sound to Connolly's. The band led by Laren Droll on accordion has been long in the making, with roots stretching back 20 years in the Northeast Cajun/Zydeco scene. Delivering irresistible dance grooves is what this band is all about. 
www.zydegroove.com
http://facebook.com/zydegroove 
Bringing dynamic feats of fiddling to the ZydeGroove front line is Roger Weiss. Fiddle may be uncommon in zydeco, but ZydeGroove is an uncommon band. Guitarist Gary Graeff holds the distinction of having Cajun blood in his veins - he grew up playing in the Lafayette area and his deeply grooving rhythm gives witness to the fact. Maggie McManus on rubboard brings tour-de-force playing to the frontline, but it is her mesmerizing dancing that often garners the most attention. The all important backline is Alan Bradbury on bass and Doug Chapman on drums - both are well seasoned zydeco musicians who keep the band deeply in the pocket. 
"If my near half a century of being eyebrow deep into Cajun French Music gives me any qualification, I would tell you that Laren, among many great accordion players, is one of my absolute favorites. He is one of the best and most versatile musicians left playing old time, straight and true zydeco ala Boozoo, Delton Broussard, John Delafose, etc. Laren and ZydeGroove, his assembly of many of the best players in the Northeast, will definitely put you on the dance floor." Jesse Lege 

Listen to a ZydeGroove video playlist on youtube:
http://tinyurl.com/qgj2c6p 


 

Curley Taylor

Sunday December 11th, 2016 -- Pease note Earlier Sunday Start Times

CURLEY TAYLOR & ZYDECO TROUBLE

"Top Live Show in NY"- TimeOut NY
"Taylor may be the freshest act to come along since Beau Jocque" - Times of Acadia

www.curleytaylor.com

Son of the famous Jude Taylor and long time drummer with Geno Delafose, Curley Taylor has generated widespread acclaim in his own right. A previous NYC Let's Zydeco show at Connolly was featured in TimeOut New York as "TOP LIVE SHOW IN NEW YORK."

"Curley’s first CD - Country Boy - is a powerful effort .... The singing is good, lyrics have meaning, good melody and the band is tight! His sound is fresh and invigorating." - The Times of Acadiana - Herman Fuselier


 

Curley TaylorSunday, November 20th, 2016 -- Note Earlier Start Times

CEDRYL BALLOU & THE ZYDECO TRENDSETTERS

Hot New Louisiana Band 

"Charismatic - Engaging - Irresistibly Danceable "

website:  www.cedryballou.com

Listen to Cedryl Ballou here

"Among the unexpected pleasures at this year's (Rhythm & Roots) festival:  hearing hot,young Cedryl Ballou and the Zydeco Trendsetters"  ...  The Providence Journal,  9/4/16

A native of Lake Charles, Louisiana, Cedryl (pronounced “see-DRELL”) Ballou began playing music at the tender age of five, making his professional debut as a drummer with his grandfather, legendary guitar pioneer Classie Ballou, at the age of 11. His future as a frontman was inevitable—both Cedryl’s father, Cedric Ballou, and step-grandfather, “Rockin’ Sidney” Simien, were successful touring musicians, and Cedryl grew up steeped in Creole music and culture. On Country Roads, Cedryl’s playing is equal parts tradition and innovation. His original songs speak to life in south Louisiana, with an undeniable groove that gets you, and keeps you, on your feet. With this first release on Maison Fou Records, Ballou promises to follow in his family’s well-worn footsteps as a powerful, authentic force in Zydeco music.

Tasty & Reasonably priced food - Full Bar - Great Wooden Dance Floor  


 

T'MondeSunday, October 30th, 2016 

C.J. CHENIER  & THE RED HOT LOUISIANA BAND

"The Crown Prince of Zydeco" 
Grammy Nominated - 2011

website www.officialcjchenier.com

Let's Zydeco's 2014 Mardi Gras Show with C.J. Chenier highlighted in THE NEW YORKER: http://nyr.kr/1lnwoZH

Tasty & Reasonably priced dining - Full Bar - 
Experience Top Level Sound & Sprung Wooden Dance Floor


Living Blues magazine hails him as "The best living zydeco singer and accordionist."
"Complex, driving rhythms force you to dance. A powerful, soulful vocal delivery forces you to listen" .. The Chicago Defender 

To his legions of fans, he's the man whose music moves them deep in their souls, and to those who love to dance he's the man who makes holes in the soles of their shoes. He is the source of the infectious, rhythmic music fueling the wild dance parties that erupt whenever he plays. He is Clayton Joseph (C.J.) Chenier, son of legendary zydeco master and pioneer, Clifton Chenier.

Carrying on the legacy of his late father, "The King of Zydeco" Clifton Chenier, C.J. has been fronting the famous Red Hot Louisiana Band for almost 2 decades, reinvigorating the genre with his exceptional musicianship. C.J. Chenier records on the Alligator Label. He has garnered several "Zydeco Album of The Year" awards, consecutive Living Blues Critics awards, and a 1997 NAIRD Indie Award.

www.officialcjchenier.com 
"This is happy music, and it makes you dance.” ...C.J. Chenier  

Tickets should be purchased at the door -- Admission guaranteed -- Everyone will get in
Come join us at Connollys, and help keep Louisiana Cajun & Zydeco music & dance alive and well in NYC 

 


 

The Zydeco RevelatorsSaturday, November 12th, 2016

THE ZYDECO REVELATORS 

STOMPING’  ZYDECO CLASSICS AND SPICY ORIGINALS... 

  Tasty & Reasonably priced dining - Full Bar - 

Experience Top Level Sound & Sprung Wooden Dance Floor     

https://www.reverbnation.com/zydecorevelators

The Zydeco Revelators .... New York City's Own Zydeco Boogie! 
Inspired by Louisiana gumbo, injected with East Coast spontaneity, the Zydeco Revelators bring a stomping good time. Their raw, rockin' accordion riffs backed by serious R&B rhythms are sure to make any crowd move to the groove! The band plays all the favorites from many of the famous Zydeco artists... Geno Delafose, Keith Frank, Rosie Ledet, Brian Jack, Chris Ardoin, Roy Carrier, Boozoo Chavis and others, plus many sound catching originals.

A native of Louisiana passing by a recent show was drawn in... and said upon hearing the music... "I was down the street and the heard the sounds of home"... "felt like I was back in Louisiana... it was like the smell of good home cooking in the breeze" 


 

T'MondeSunday, October 23rd, 2016

T'MONDE

Sunday Cajun Fais do-do
Traditional Louisiana Cajun Music featuring 
Drew Simon (from The Pine Leaf Boys), Kelli Jones-Savoy and Megan Brown

website: www.tmonde.com

T' Monde, meaning "little world" or "little people, began playing together in early 2011. All members are seasoned musicians and have played with many renowned Cajun bands including the Pine Leaf Boys, the Savoy Family band, Walter Mouton and the Scott Playboys, and Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys. Steeped in traditionalism, T'Monde plays old fashioned Cajun music ranging from the early 1900's to present day. All three musicians are talented singers, having their own distinct sound that makes the band very unique and special to see. Influenced by many different styles of folk music T' Monde brings you rocking two steps, beautiful harmonies, sorrowful waltzes, and heartfelt blues. This debut album "Making Believe", is a fine example of the bands special dynamic of different musical styles, soulful singing, and musicianship that makes the band fun to watch, listen to and dance to.

Tasty & Reasonably priced dining - Full Bar - Sprung Wooden Dance Floor - Experience Top Level Sound 


 

dikki

Friday, October 7th, 2016


Dikki-du & the Zydeco krewe

"Pure Louisiana Zydeco" -- "Make it Funky"

http://dikkiduzydeco.wix.com/dikki-du-zydeco

https://www.facebook.com/dikki.du.5?fref=ts  

Dikki Du (Troy Carrier) is a native of Church Point, Louisiana. Born into one of the great musical Louisiana families, The CARRIERS, Troy is the brother of Chubby Carrier and son of Roy Carrier. Dikki Du's recent "Make it Funky" shows the tremendous range of this band. His ability to take songs from classic zydeco and turn them inside out with fresh and funky sounds, and his renditions of "Iko-Iko" and Stevie Wonder's "Higher Ground" insure a great groove. The popular LETS ZYDECO shows are set up for listening or dancing. A complimentary dance workshop in the basic zydeco styles is provided prior to the music, to help newcomers learn the basic zydeco dance steps. 

The night will feature:
A ZYDECO DANCE CONTEST 
Bring your best dance partner, or meet them at Connollys


Lil Pookie Saturday, June 25th, 2016


Lil Pookie & the Zydeco Sensations

This Zydeco Sensation returns to NYC

Lil Pookie FB page

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C41_2V9Yevo

Jimmy Seraile, popularly known to the zydeco world as "LIL POOKIE" is about to play in NYC for a long anticipated show. Pookie is a "Broussard" .. one of the most musical Louisiana families ..,. His Grandfather, the late Delton Broussard, was one of the foremost early zydeco musicians. LIL POOKIE'S musical journey began in the heart of Opelousas, better known as "The Zydeco Capital of the World." He spent most of his childhood watching other musicians and sneaking into clubs to gain knowledge of what was already instilled in him. At the age of 12 he shocked the Zydeco World by entering and winning the first accordion contest at the popular "Zydeco Extravaganza."

After a short break from the Zydeco Scene, Lil Pookie is back, better than ever, with a brand new look, sound and electrifying magnitude of lyrics that will have you falling in love with his music all over again.

A talented multi-instrumentalist, Pookie will be releasing his new CD -- where he is featured on vocals, accordion, keyboards, bass guitar, drums and rubboard, with Andre Thierry on lead guitar.


 

Nathan

Saturday, June 4th, 2016

Nathan & the Zydeco Cha-Chas

Ain't Nothing But a Party

www.zydecochachas.com

Nathan Williams' blend of zydeco follows the bluesy tradition started by Clifton Chenier. His R & B infected grooves reflect an easy going danceability that has made his versions of "Steady Rock" and "Your Mama Don't Know" hits in South Louisiana. Nathan & his band are simply one of the best zydeco groups playing today, matching superb musicianship and clever songs with a knack for keeping dancers on the floor. Nathan's compositions offer a rich experience for listeners as well as dancers, often incorporating touches of reggae, R & B, and rock.

WHAT THE CRITICS ARE SAYING "Williams pushes the simple, R&B-infected music into near pop perfection by placing strong melodies over the classic syncopated rhythms. As a songwriter Williams cannot be beat." Boston Globe, Clea Simon

"One of the nation's premier dance bands. Where younger zydeco stars music pumps his swings." - Blues Rag, Joan Keenan

"Tooting saxophones, chicken scratch on the rubboard and zesty guitar licks that would make Snooks Eaglin proud. Hotter than Tobasco sauce on a crawdad."- Syracuse New Times, Allen Czelusniak



 

L'il MoSunday, May 22, 2016

L'IL MO & the MONICATS

A Classic Country, Rockabilly Swing, Honky Tonk Good Time

Tasty Food - Full Bar - Wooden Dance Floor - Top Level Sound

 www.reverbnation.com/lilmothemonicats 

Li'l Mo & the Monicats will be featured Connollys on 45th Street. This is our first show back at our original and much loved venue ... Connollys has a tasty and varied menu, full bar, top of the line sound system, and a great wooden floor for dancing.

The Monicats will keep you dancing to old-school country, rockabilly, swing, jump blues, and 60s pop-inspired songs. . It's been over 2 years since we have had this extra-special band!  Li’l Mo & The Monicats shows have been highlighted as well as illustrated in The New Yorker.

Bill Kirchen, Titan of The Telecaster, wrote the liner notes for the current (fourth) Monicats album, Whole Lotta Lovin’: “Boy, can she sing. Monica is a triple-threat, a chanteuse who can rock and write songs you swear you grew up with. This is the real deal, a captivating singer with soulful new material, and a voice that breathes life into some choice classics.”

Come join us in this great NYC venue, and help keep LETS ZYDECO alive and well in NYC Info: 917-208-2432


 

The Zydeco RevelatorsSunday, April 17th, 2016

The Zydeco Revelators

 Stompin’  zydeco classics and spicy originals...      
CD Release Party !!

https://www.reverbnation.com/zydecorevelators

The ZYDECO REVELATORS will be featured at BROTHER JIMMY'S BBQ on April 17th.

This will be our second event at Brother Jimmy's BBQ - Union Square ... a funky restaurant with top of the line sound system and wooden floor for dancing .... We will be in the rear of the restaurant..

The Zydeco Revelators .... New York City's Own Zydeco Boogie! 
Inspired by Louisiana gumbo, injected with East Coast spontaneity, the Zydeco Revelators bring a stomping good time. Their raw, rockin' accordion riffs backed by serious R&B rhythms are sure to make any crowd move to the groove! The band plays all the favorites from many of the famous Zydeco artists... Geno Delafose, Keith Frank, Rosie Ledet, Brian Jack, Chris Ardoin, Roy Carrier, Boozoo Chavis and others, plus many sound catching originals.

A native of Louisiana passing by a recent show was drawn in... and said upon hearing the music... "I was down the street and the heard the sounds of home"... "felt like I was back in Louisiana... it was like the smell of good home cooking in the breeze" 

Come join us in this new Let's Zydeco NYC venue, and help to keep LETS ZYDECO alive and well in NYC Info: 917-208-2432 


 

Jesse LegeSunday, March 13, 2016 at La Nacional

JESSE LEGE & Bayou Brew
"One of the Greatest names in Contemporary Cajun Music"

http://www.jesselege.org

"Accordionist of the Year"
Authentic Louisiana Cajun Music
Inductee into the CAJUN MUSIC HALL OF FAME

Jesse Lege is one of the most admired Cajun accordionists and vocalists from Southwest Louisiana. Inducted into the Cajun Music Hall of Fame in 1998, Jesse has also received numerous awards from the Cajun French Music Association, including: "Accordion Player of the Year","Male Vocalist of the Year," "Band of the Year,"and, for 'Memories Dans Mon Coeur' - "Song of the Year."


 

dikki

Sunday, March 6th, 2016 at Brother Jimmy's BBQ, Union Square


Dikki-du & the Zydeco krewe
"Pure Louisiana Zydeco" -- "Make it Funky"

http://dikkidu.webs.com  
https://www.facebook.com/dikki.du.5?fref=ts

new website    http://dikkiduzydeco.wix.com/dikki-du-zydeco

Dikki Du (Troy Carrier) is a native of Church Point, Louisiana. Born into one of the great musical Louisiana families, The CARRIERS, Troy is the brother of Chubby Carrier and son of Roy Carrier. Dikki Du's recent "Make it Funky" shows the tremendous range of this band. His ability to take songs from classic zydeco and turn them inside out with fresh and funky sounds, and his renditions of "Iko-Iko" and Stevie Wonder's "Higher Ground" insure a great groove. The popular LETS ZYDECO shows are set up for listening or dancing. A complimentary dance workshop in the basic zydeco styles is provided prior to the music, to help newcomers learn the basic zydeco dance steps. 

The night will feature:
A ZYDECO DANCE CONTEST 
Bring your best dance partner, or meet them at Brother Jimmy's BBQ


 

Curley Taylor

Sunday, February 21, 2016

CURLEY TAYLOR & ZYDECO TROUBLE

"Top Live Show in NY"- TimeOut NY
"Taylor may be the freshest act to come along since Beau Jocque" - Times of Acadia

www.curleytaylor.com

Son of the famous Jude Taylor and long time drummer with Geno Delafose, Curley Taylor has generated widespread acclaim in his own right. A previous NYC Let's Zydeco show at Connolly was featured in TimeOut New York as "TOP LIVE SHOW IN NEW YORK."

"Curley’s first CD - Country Boy - is a powerful effort .... The singing is good, lyrics have meaning, good melody and the band is tight! His sound is fresh and invigorating." - The Times of Acadiana - Herman Fuselier


Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys

Sunday, January 31, 2016 at La Nacional

STEVE RILEY & THE MAMOU PLAYBOYS

NOTE VENUE & TIME CHANGE

GRAMMY NOMINEES - Cajun Icons   
"Best Cajun Band of the Year"

‘…One of the finest Cajun bands in history’ – WASHINGTON POST
‘Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys are kind of like a Cajun Beatles.’ – THE INDEPENDENT WEEKLY

www.mamouplayboys.com

STEVE RILEY & THE MAMOU PLAYBOYS are a phenomenon in the age of progressive Cajun music.Their dynamic music has awarded them much recognition, including 4 Grammy nominations, selection by the Smithsonian for their Folk Masters Series, and winners of many CFMA awards for "Best Cajun Band of the Year,". With their uncompromising respect for tradition and a forward-looking vision, Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys have set the standard for modern Cajun music. 


 

Jeffery BroussardSunday, January 17th, 2016 at La Nacional (NEW VENUE)


Jeffery Broussard & The Creole Cowboys

"Accordionist of the Year" 
Zydeco Music & Creole Heritage Awards Recipient
Louisiana Division of the Arts grant recipient


www.jefferybroussard.com

Jeffery Broussard & The Creole Cowboys features the accordion mastery and soulful vocals of front man Jeffery Broussard, from the legendary band, Zydeco Force. The band delivers great, pack-the-floor renditions of Creole classics as well as their own brand of contemporary Zydeco. Early Creole music, as played by legends Canray Fontenot on fiddle and Jeffery's father, accordion player Delton Broussard, is experiencing a well-deserved resurgence of interest in Louisiana today. Jeffery Broussard & The Creole Cowboys are presenting their music with contemporary flair and expertise.

"Jeffery Broussard has long been respected as one of the greatest accordion players to ever
grace our beautiful Creole culture and for that matter the world." -- Don Cravins, Sr., Mayor of Opelousas, LA, Zydeco Capital of the World

 


 

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The Pine Leaf Boys, L'Angelus, Curly Taylor, Leroy Thomas, Steve Riley, The Savoy Family Band

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Let's Zydeco shows highlighted in THE NEW YORKER - October 20, 2014

http://www.newyorker.com/goings-on-about-town/night-life/lets-zydeco-6


LET'S ZYDECO and C.J. CHENIER featured prominently in the March 3rd, 2014 issue of The New Yorker...

(the entire page 7 "Goings on About Town" with commissioned photograph by Dan Winters)
http://nyr.kr/1lnwoZH


LET'S ZYDECO featured in Sunday, May 26th, 2013 New York Times,

with feature article by Bryan Miller & photographs by Bryan Thomas ..."Amid the Din, Les Bons Temps Rouler"
http://nyti.ms/13Nr58h


Celebrated Pine Leaf Boys Cajun band comes to Connolly's (Video)
http://exm.nr/13gLnLy


LET’S ZYDECO: New York Woman Brings Southern Culture to the Big Apple
http://bit.ly/12rvzSB


LETS ZYDECO'S shows featured in The Sunday New York Times,2/17/13, Arts and Leisure Section, with article "MARDI GRAS FLAVOR FOR NEW YORK" by Jon Pareles http://ow.ly/hLrsa

Follow up to Benefit for the Siller Tunnel to Towers Hurricane Sandy Fund:

Last month's event with Rosie Ledet, Actor Michael Cerveris and his band Loose Cattle, and Evacuteer.org was an amazing success. We were able to donate approx $3,000 to The Siller Tunnel to Towers Hurricane Sandy Foundation. And also make connections with New Orleans, and also NOLA transplants in NYC. Thanks to all of you who participated.

Let's Zydeco was in the news again for the special Bye Bye Hurricane Season event.

Two Hurricane Sandy benefit dance parties one in New York City, one in New Orleans – linked live in real time this Friday, via Skype and big screen TVs. The Big Apple and the Big Easy have always shared a love of good music, good food and good times. Now, of course, NYC and NOLA share hurricane survival and recovery."

Read the article by Evelyn Kanter, here:
NY On The Cheap


Everyone's talking about Let's Zydeco

In an Examiner article entitled Laura Selikson's Let's Zydeco still strong in New York after 17 years, Jim Bessman wrote:

"It's another Louisiana Saturday – night except it's at Connolly's Irish pub/restaurant just off Times Square, where it's packed tighter than crawfish in a trap at another Laura Selikson-hosted Let's Zydeco dance party. She's been bringing top South Louisiana dance bands - including BeauSoleil, The Savoy-Doucet Cajun Band, C.J. Chenier & the Red Hot Louisiana Band, The Pine Leaf Boys, Steve Riley & The Mamou Playboys, along with newer groups like L'Angelus, Curley Taylor & Zydeco Trouble--once or twice monthly ever since January, 1993.

Read the full text of Jim Bessman's article at examiner.com


The New Yorker features Let's Zydeco, and Rosie Ledet, again!

View a fabulous illustration of Rosie Ledet that appeared in print and online at newyorker.com.

Let's Zydeco is on Youtube.com

Check out this awesome video of Cajun fiddle band L'Angelus, shot at a Let's Zydeco event at Connolly's, NYC, October 2009



In the News:



The Saturday, March 6, 2010 LETS ZYDECO show with Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys was chosen by THE NEW YORK POST's "Weekend Calendar: Hot Picks in Entertainment" They only choose 2 film, one news event, one art event, and one music event, and this show was the one Music Event chosen for the weekend (NY Post, 3/5/10) Thanks to the Post!

In addition, the show was in The New Yorker & Time Out. Our Mardi Gras event with C.J. Chenier was featured in Newsday, The New York Times, The New Yorker and Time Out NY, also on WFDU & WFUV.

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Born on the Bayou, Let's Zydeco and Cajun with Laura Selikson at Connolly's an article by Bonnie Rosenstock on exploredance.com March 8, 2009

This article gives a great description of our events, and at the bottom are some wonderful photos View Explore Dance article


ABC/Disney uses band Sidewalk Zydeco
in their new TV series, CUPID. Stay tuned for broadcast dates!


September 8, 2006 - Journalist Valerie Gladstone wrote an article on Cajun & Zydeco dancing and our LET'S ZYDECO events: Big Easy Parties Find Refuge Up North Arts Around Town
in The New York Sun

Valerie attended several events, and at the July 23rd show with Geno Delafose & French Rockin' Boogie, she interviewed many participants. A professional photographer, Rachel Papo, was sent by the NEW YORK SUN To the August 20th Steve Riley & the Manou Playboys event. Download the article as a PDF


September 19, 2008 - Highlighting our new season, WFUV.FM 90.7 does a set featuring Zydeco stars from our line-up.


August 1, 2008 - Radio interview with Dikki-Du on WFDU.FM 89.1 explaining zydeco music, highlighting our show tonight, and extending a special invitation to Katrina and Rita transplants.


August 1, 2008 - New York Sun, highlights LETS ZYDECO in the MUSIC section, under the heading "Let's Go Out This Weekend: Zydeco Whim X August 1, 2008," written by Neil Gluckman.


May 20, 2007 - The New York Times, Metro section, p 26, acknowledges LETS ZYDECO, and Laura stars in the top photo!
Link to NYTimes article


March 4, 2007 - Read this New York Times article about The Pine Leaf Boys who appeared at LETS ZYDECO March 4th show at Connolly's in NYC. Download the NY Times article as a PDF


December 3, 2008 -THE NEW YORKER highlights LETS ZYDECO holiday event with Li'l Mo & the Monicats in the "On the Horizon" section. Read all about it here.


Since Katrina hit the Gulf Coast, LET'S ZYDECO held a fundraiser with proceeds sent to The Louisiana Disaster Recovery Foundation, Inc., and 2 benefits with proceeds going directly to The Bruce Daigrepont Cajun Band, a band from New Orleans who was hit hard by the hurricane.

Numerous items were graciously donated for the auctions: The events were supported by contributions from Carnegie Hall, Starbucks Coffee, Rounder Records, The French Institute - Alliance Francaise, New York Sports, and the support of the fine people who attend the LET'S ZYDECO music and dance events -- donating therapuetic body work, private dance lessons, tempting rugalah from Erica's Rugaleh, a week vacation home in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, Painter Girl Chocolates by Monica, photographs of Louisiana Musicians pre-Katrina by Photographer John Neely, herbal-nutritional consultation and accupuncture treatment by C. Trahan, O.M.D., fine jewelry, etc, etc.

Our thanks to all who helped make these events a success.

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LET'S ZYDECO helps publicize POGO & EVIE, a new Zydeco Musical by Aaron Latham.

Aaron Latham is best known for his novels and screenplays, including URBAN COWBOY. He has been a regular contributor to such publications as Esquire, The New York Times, Rolling Stone, and New York Magazine.

After an initial run at Jacques-Imo's Restaurant, the play might be opening at Connolly's in the fall – stay tuned!