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Sunday December 17, 2006
Curley Taylor & Zydeco Trouble
A HOLIDAY ZYDECO PARTY

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Holiday Zydeco Party with Curley Taylor & Zydeco Trouble, Son of the famous Jude Taylor, and long time drummer in the Geno Delafose band, Curley Taylor is generating widespread acclaim. On his last NYC LETS ZYDECO show, Taylor was featured as "TOP LIVE SHOW IN NY" in Time Out NY. "Taylor may be the freshest act to come along since Beau Jocque" (Times of Acadia)

Connolly's on 45th
121 West 45th (between 6th & Broadway)

Doors open at 6:00 PM for dinner, drinks or socializing
Music 7:30-11:00 PM, Dance lessons 6:30 PM
$22, pay at door


Monday, December 4, 2006
Geno Delafose & French Rockin' Boogie
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"one of the most versatile musicians in South Louisiana." - the Smithsonian/PBS Television documentary

"...the young hope of traditional zydeco." - The Boston Herald
Connolly's on 45th
121 West 45th (between 6th & Broadway)

Doors open at 6:00 PM for dinner, drinks or socializing
Music 7:30-11:00 PM, Dance lessons 6:30 PM
$22, pay at door





Sunday, NovEMBER 19, 2006
NATHAN & THE ZYDECO CHA-CHAS
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Connolly's on 45th
121 West 45th (between 6th & Broadway)

Doors open at 6:00 PM for dinner, drinks or socializing
Music 7:30-11:00 PM, Dance lessons 6:30 PM
$22, pay at door

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 classis 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

"A dance king equipped with a gripping groove - a motorin‚ joy ride that cruises all the way through a happy fest for happy feet." - Off Beat , Dan Williging


Sunday October 15, 2006
C. J. Chenier & The Red Hot Louisiana Band
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The Boston Globe calls him "The Crown Prince of Zydeco". Living Blues
magazine hails him as "The best living zydeco singer and accordionist." 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. As the 'Chicago Defender" aptly states, "Complex, driving rhythms force you to dance. A powerful, soulful vocal delivery forces you to listen".

Connolly's on 45th
121 West 45th (between 6th & Broadway)

Doors open at 6:00 PM for dinner, drinks or socializing
Music 7:30-11:00 PM
Dance lessons 6:30 PM
$22, pay at door


SATURDAY, September 23, 2006
The Savoy Family Band
featuring Marc and Ann Savoy and their sons Joel and Wilson
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The Savoy Family Cajun Band plays honed down, hard core Cajun music laced with an earthy sensuality. The old tunes have been revived and returned to a new life intensity in their hands. Marc and Ann Savoy, playing as the Savoy-Doucet Cajun band, have been performing since 1977, touring worldwide, in all the most prestigious venues, and Marc Savoy ha been awarded with the highest honor in the country for traditional artists, the honorable National Heritage Fellowship Award. The couple recently appeared on the PBS series, "American Roots", and Ann wrote the chapter on Cajun music in the book that accompanied the series. Ann and Joel recently appeared in the film "Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood" and they perform 3 songs on the Warner Brothers soundtrack.

Ann and Linda Ronstadt have been performing together and have recently recorded a CD "Adieu False Heart"

Although the Savoy Family Cajun Band insists upon maintaining a more acoustic approach to Cajun music, the and can hold its own amongst Cajun music lovers everywhere. The Savoy Family Cajun Band brings the raw energy of the dance halls of Southwest Louisiana to the stage. A complimentary dance workshop in the basic Cajun dance styles is provided prior to the music, to help newcomers learn the basic dance steps.

Connolly's on 45th
121 West 45th (between 6th & Broadway)
MUSIC 8:30 PM to Midnight..... $22


Dance lessons 7:30
Doors open at 6:30 for dinner, drinks or socializing


MONDAY, September 11, 2006
BeauSoleil
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This Grammy winning, Lafayette, Louisiana group never fails to
delight audiences with their high-spirited performances. Now in their third decade, BeauSoleil has preserved the rich Cajun musical traditions of Louisiana, while adding elements of zydeco, New Orleans jazz, Tex-Mex, country and blues. A Prairie Home Companion's Garrison Keillor has dubbed them "the best Cajun band in the world". In the words of New Country Magazine, "Few things are as conducive to a party as a BeauSoleil album -- or even better, a BeauSoleil live show"

Connolly's on 45th
121 West 45th (between 6th & Broadway)
MUSIC 7:30 PM to 10:30 PM..... $25

Cajun Dance lesson 6:30-7:30
Doors open at 6:00 for dinner, drinks, or hanging out


Sunday, August 20, 2006
STEVE RILEY & THE MAMOU PLAYBOYS
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STEVE RILEY & THE MAMOU PLAYBOYS are a phenomenon in the age of progressive Cajun music. Following in the footsteps of Dewey Balfa and BeauSoleil, they play the traditional dance music of Southwest Louisiana, recharging the songs of the past with the vitality of the present. Their dynamic music has awarded them much recognition, including a Grammy nomination for the CD "Trace of Time", selection by the Smithsonian for their Folk Masters Series and winners of many CFMA awards for "Best Cajun Band of the Year" , "Best Album of the Year", and "Best Accordion Lead"

Connolly's on 45th
121 West 45th (between 6th & Broadway)


Sunday, July 23, 2006 7:30 - 11:00,
Geno Delafose & French Rockin' Boogie
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"one of the most versatile musicians in South Louisiana." - the Smithsonian/PBS Television documentary

"...the young hope of traditional zydeco." - The Boston Herald

Connolly's on 45th
121 West 45th (between 6th & Broadway)
MUSIC 7:30 to 11:00
ABOUT LET'S ZYDECO
The LET'S ZYDECO music and dance shows (which have previously been held at TRAMPS, LOUISIANA COMMUNITY BAR & GRILL, LA BELLE EPOQUE & SATALLA (all of which have closed), will now be mainly produced at CONNOLLY'S, a wonderful space, with a great wooden dance floor, a full bar, and tasty dinner menu. The popular LET'S ZYDECO shows are set up for listening or dancing. A complimentary dance workshop in the basic zydeco dance styles is provided prior to the musi to help newcomers learn the basic dance steps. You do not need a partner to participate and enjoy.

To be notified of future events, e-mail zydecolaura@hotmail.com or check this site for updates.

CONTACT NUMBERS
Contact phone: 212-685-7597 or 917-208-2432 or 212-597-5126