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Sunday, December 16, 2007
Let's Zydeco Holiday party with LI'L MO & the MONICATS
go to their CD Baby website OR http://paintergirlchocolates.com

A Classic Country, Rockabilly Swing, Honky-Tonk Holiday Good time!
Monica Passin (Li'l Mo), a regular attendee at Lets Zydeco events, brings her Li'l Mo & the Monicats to Connolly's for our Holiday Party! She also has a burgeoning chocolate company, and will be selling her treats with a portion of the profits going to benefit students of art and music in New Orleans.

"Monica Passin, whose stage name is Li'l Mo, is one of New York's most committed and undiluted country singer-songwriters.... her second album, ...
boasts superior writing in a variety of country sub-genres, great taste in cover songs, inspired playing, and vocals that are skilled, sincere, and
transporting. Her talent deserves national recognition."
- Jim Steinblatt, ASCAP News, Performing Songwriter Magazine Lets enjoy the holidays together, and support one of our "home-town girls"

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

Music 7:30 to 11:00 pm
Doors open at 6:00 for dining, drinks or socializing
Complimentary dance lesson 6:30
Admission: $20 - pay at door

Painter Girl Chocolates will be on sale during this show.



Sunday, December 2, 2007
Dikki-Du & the Zydeco Krewe
go to their site

Dikki Du (Troy Carrier) is a 34 year old 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, both of whom front well known bands. Troy discovered his love of music at the age of nine, and has been playing ever since, both in his brother & father's bands, and with C.J. Chenier.  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.  We wish to acknowledge the unfortunate passing of 2 band members, Bobby Jackson and Brad Guilbeau in a tragic accident in Florida a few years back.

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

Music 7:30 to 11:00 pm
Doors open at 6:00 for dining, drinks or socializing
Complimentary dance lesson 6:30
Admission: $22 - pay at door

Sunday, November 11, 2007
THE DOC MARSHALLS
go to their site www.docmarshalls.com

"If this (band) don't get your Cajun blood boiling and a dancing, ya just ain't got no heart. Go out and see these guys and save the trip to the Big Easy"...Village Voice

"The DOC MARSHALLS BAND has forged a reputation for its wildly energetic live shows and raucous sets of Cajun breakdowns and Zydeco shuffles."

THE DOC MARSHALLS, led by Texas-raised Acadian Nick Beaudoing, and anchored by the fiddling wizardry of Matt Kane, remain true to the music's roots, maintaining a healthy mix of Cajun and Zydeco standards as well as original compositions, with some honky-tonk spice thrown in. Their debut recording "No Kind of Life" made it to the top 40 of the National Americana music charts. Seen in New York at both Central Park Summer Stage, & Battery Park City Music & Dance events, and at the Clearwater Revival Music Festival.

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

Music 7:30 to 11:00 pm
Doors open at 6:00 for dining, drinks or socializing
Complimentary Cajun dance lesson 6:30
Admission: $20 - pay at door
Sunday, November 4, 2007
Leroy Thomas & The zydeco Roadrunners

Leroy Thomas was born in Lake Charles, LA into a very musical family. His famous father, Leo, is one of the most famous zydeco drummers. Leroy picked up the drums at age 8, and soon progressed to the accordion, and he has barely stopped since. Leroy is a real showman, and puts on a high level show. Zydeco's infectious accordion and rubboard driven-party-all-night sound that was born in the bayou and dance halls of SW Louiaiana can now be heard throughout the world - LSU

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

Music 7:30 to 11:00 pm
Doors open at 6:00 for dining, drinks or socializing
Complimentary Cajun dance lesson 6:30
Admission: $22 - pay at door


Sunday, October 21, 2007
Jesse Lege and Bayou Brew

go to Jesse's Web site to learn more

Acclaimed Cajun Musician Jesse Lege is one of the most admired Cajun accordionists and vocalists from Southwest Louisiana. Conducted 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".

"Lege's soaring voice resonates with ... piercing, yet beautiful heartache ... (he) possesses one of the truly great voices in contemporary Cajun Music." - LSU

"His penetrating style and emotion-laden lyrics can make veteran festival producers such as this one weep backstage." - Barry Ancelet, Liberty Theatre



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

Music 7:30 to 11:00 pm
Doors open at 6:00 for dining, drinks or socializing
Complimentary Cajun dance lesson 6:30
Admission: $20 - pay at door

Sunday, October 7, 2007

Nathan & the Zydeco Cha-Chas
Learn more at this site

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

"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

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

Music 7:30 to 11:00 pm
Doors open at 6:00 for dining, drinks or socializing
Complimentary Cajun dance lesson 6:30
Admission: $22 - pay at door



Sunday, September 23, 2007
Curley Taylor & Zydeco Trouble
go to their site: www.curleytaylor.com

Written up as "TOP LIVE SHOW" in TimeOut NY
"Taylor may be the freshest act to come along since Beau Jocque" (Times of
Acadia). Son of the famous Jude Taylor and long time drummer with Geno Delafose,
Curley Taylor is generating widespread acclaim in his own right. The last NYC show at
Connolly's was arguably one of the best shows of the year, and the previous time he played in NYC, Taylor was featured in
TIMEOUT New York as "TOP LIVE SHOW IN NEW YORK"

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

Music 7:30 to 11:00 pm
Doors open at 6:00 for dining, drinks or socializing
Complimentary Cajun dance lesson 6:30
Admission: $22 - pay at door
Connollys is well air-conditioned for summer events.





Sunday, September 16th, 2007
Rosie Ledet and The Zydeco Playboys
go to their site

Rosie Ledet, "The Zydeco Sweetheart" from Church Point, Louisiana, has made quite a name for herself....having captured three of the "Best Of The Best" awards from Offbeat Magazine, including "Best Zydeco Band or Performer", "Best New Zydeco Group or Performer", and "Best Vocalist".

She is one of the few younger Zydeco musicians who still writes and sings some of her material in Creole French. One of a handful of women in Zydeco, her warm stage presence combined with the infectious Zydeco beat, makes her irresistible to audiences. "Today's premier female artist is Rosie Ledet, whose soulful voice kicks her male counterparts right out of the club"... Wall Street Journal

Connollys is well air-conditioned for summer events.

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

Music 7:30 to 11:00 pm
Doors open at 6:00 for dining, drinks or socializing
Complimentary Cajun dance lesson 6:30
Admission: $22 - pay at door


Thursday, September 6, 2007

STEVE RILEY & THE MAMOU PLAYBOYS
go to their site
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 2 Grammy nominations, selection by the Smithsonian for their Folk Master 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)

Music 7:30 to 11:00 pm
Doors open at 6:00 for dining, drinks or socializing
Complimentary Cajun dance lesson 6:30
Admission: $22 - pay at door

Advance tickets not needed, pay at the door, everyone will get in. Connolly's has a tasty and reasonably priced dinner menu, a full bar, and a beautiful sprung wooden dance floor. There is no minimum. The LETS ZYDECO shows are friendly community events, set up for dancing, socializing or listening. We welcome your attendance.



MONDAY (Not Sunday) July 2, 2007
C.J. Chenier & the Red Hot Louisiana Band
www.concertedefforts.com

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 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. 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".

Connollys is well air-conditioned for summer events.


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

Music 7:30 to 11:00 pm
Doors open at 6:00 for dining, drinks or socializing
Complimentary Cajun dance lesson 6:30
Admission: $22 - pay at door


Sunday, June 24, 2007
Jesse Lege and Bayou Brew

go to Jesse's Web site to learn more

Acclaimed Cajun Musician Jesse Lege is one of the morst admired Cajun accordionists and vocalists from Southwest Louisiana. Conducted 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".

"Lege's soaring voice resonates with ... piercing, yet beautiful heartache ... (he) possesses one the the truly great voices in contemporary Cajun Music." - LSU

"His penetrating style and emotion-laden lyrics can make veteran festival producers such as this one week backstage." - Barry Ancelet, Liberty Theatre

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

Music 7:30 to 11:00 pm
Doors open at 6:00 for dining, drinks or socializing
Complimentary Cajun dance lesson 6:30
Admission: $20 - pay at door

Please note: Connolly's is well air-conditioned for summer events.




Let's Zydeco is Participating in New York's First Ever Dance Parade, Saturday May 19th 2007
LETS ZYDECO is participating in this first ever event in NYC in conjunction with "Zydeco - Sounds of New Orleans." They will have a float - and we will have amplified music. This is a pretty exciting event, with the parade being Saturday (May 19th) afternoon,and an evening party.We hope as many as possible will join us, but you need to sign up (NYC rules and regulations)

To learn more and sign up, go to www.danceparade.org
Click on "Dance with Us" on the right/middleSign yourself up, name, e-mail, for type of dance, click "zydeco" (unless you choose to go with another group). Under that, for "Dance With", please choose "ZYDECO - LETS ZYDECO." Check "I agree to terms" and then "Submit."

We want people to dress up in bright (Mardi Gras?) colors, looking festive. Anyone who wants to make a LETS ZYDECO banner or be more involved in the organization, please contact Laura at zydecolaura@hotmail.com or 917-208-2432

DON"T FORGET TO SIGN UP! Details of location, etc will be sent after sign ups.
We hope you are as excited as we are to join thousands of others dancing down
Fifth Avenue from 32nd Street to Washington Square Park!

Sunday, April 22, 2007
Rosie Ledet & the Zydeco Playboys
go to their site

ROSIE LEDET & THE ZYDECO PLAYBOYS will be in NYC for a long-awaited show. Rosie Ledet, "The Zydeco Sweetheart" from Church Point, Louisiana, has made quite a name for herself....having captured three of the "Best Of The Best" awards from Offbeat Magazine, including "Best Zydeco Band or Performer", "Best New Zydeco Group or Performer", and "Best Vocalist".

She is one of the few younger Zydeco musicians who still writes and sings some of her material in Creole French. One of a handful of women in Zydeco, her warm stage presence combined with the infectious Zydeco beat, makes her irresistible to audiences. "Today's premier female artist is Rosie Ledet, whose soulful voice kicks her male counterparts right out of the club"... Wall Street Journal

Advance tickets not needed -- pay at the door, everyone will get in. Connolly's has a tasty and reasonably priced dinner menu, a full bar, and a beautiful sprung wooden dance floor. There is no minimum. The LETS ZYDECO shows are friendly community events, set up for dancing, socializing or listening. We welcome your attendance.

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, April 1, 2007
THE DOC MARSHALLS

go to their site www.docmarshalls.com

"If this (band) don't get your Cajun blood boiling and a dancing, ya just ain't got no heart. Go out and see these guys and save the trip to the Big Easy"...Village Voice

"The DOC MARSHALLS BAND has forged a reputation for its wildly energetic live shows and raucous sets of Cajun breakdowns and Zydeco shuffles."

THE DOC MARSHALLS, led by Texas-raised Acadian Nick Beaudoing, and anchored by the fiddling wizardry of Matt Kane, remain true to the music's roots, maintaining a healthy mix of Cajun and Zydeco standards as well as original compositions, with some honky-tonk spice thrown in. Their debut recording "No Kind of Life" made it to the top 40 of the National Americana music charts. Seen in New York at both Central Park Summer Stage, & Battery Park City Music & Dance events, and at the Clearwater Revival Music Festival. For this show, Cajun fiddle virtuoso Henry Hample will be appearing. Connolly's on 45th
121 West 45th (between 6th & Broadway)

MUSIC 7:30 to 11:00 pm
Doors open at 6:00 for dining, drinks or socializing
Complimentary Cajun dance lesson 6:30
Admission: $20 - advance tickets not needed, everyone will get in

Connolly's has a varied, reasonably priced and tasty food menu

Sunday, March 25, 2007

T Broussard & the zydeco Steppers
Learn more about the band...

T. BROUSSAND & THE ZYDECO STEPPERS hit the stage running and don't stop till the show closes down. "T" (Bryant Keith) was born to play zydeco, having an enviable pedigree which includes Bois Sec Ardoin, Carlton Frank, and Queen Ida. He has masterfully combined the traditional zydeco tunes which he learned from his mother, with the younger, more modern Beau Jocque style of zydeco, ending up with a remarkably energetic show in his own creative style. Other members of the band include the talented June Barfeld on guitar, last seen in NYC with CURLEY TAYLOR. Advance tickets not needed -- pay at the door, everyone will get in. Connolly's has a tasty and reasonably priced dinner menu, a full bar, and a beautiful sprung wooden dance floor. There is no minimum.

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, March 4, 2007
The Pine Leaf Boys
go to their site!

THE PINE LEAF BOYS, including Wilson Savoy (son of Marc & Ann Savoy), are making quite a name for themselves as the younger generation of masterful musicians. Steeped in masterful Cajun music since childhood, THE PINE LEAF BOYS have been preserving the traditional Cajun sound, while allowing it to breathe and stretch. "The live performances of The Pine Leaf Boys are a revelation of anarchy and reverence and manic exuberance funneled through traditional musical forms". Wilson Savoy was last seen in NYC playing the keyboards with his famous family in The Savoy Family Band, at the 9/23/06 Lets Zydeco show. Other band members are Cedric Watson, Jon Bertrand, Drew Simon & Blake Miller. Advance tickets not needed -- pay at the door, everyone will get in. Connolly's has a tasty and reasonably priced dinner menu, a full bar, and a beautiful sprung wooden dance floor. There is no minimum. The LETS ZYDECO shows are friendly community events, set up for dancing, socializing or listening. We welcome your attendance.

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
$20, pay at door


THURSDAY, February 22, 2007
C.J. Chenier & The Red Hot Louisiana Band
visit their web site

LETS ZYDECO's special VALENTINE'S DAY PARTY with C.J. CHENIER & THE RED HOT LOUISIANA BAND
Since C.J. was unavailable on 2/14, we will keep
in the Valentine's Day Spirit with our event on 2/22.
"Bring Your Sweetheart or Meet Your Sweetheart".

The Boston Globe calls him "The Crown Prince of Zydeco." Living Blues 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. C.J. Chenier delivers one memorable performance after another. The music grooves from the
traditional zydeco of Clifton right up to modern funk, all the while infused with the urgency and energy of rock and roll. Advance tickets not needed -- pay at the door, everyone will get in. Connolly's has a tasty and reasonably priced dinner menu, a full bar, and a beautiful sprung wooden dance floor. There is no minimum. The LETS ZYDECO
shows are friendly community events, set up for dancing, socializing or listening. We welcome your attendance.

Connolly's on 45th
121 West 45th (between 6th & Broadway)
7:30PM - 11:00PM
Admission $22, Doors Open 6:00PM,
Zydeco dance lesson 6:30PM, Food and drink available.

Sunday, February 11, 2007
Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys
go to their site

MARDI GRAS Party with STEVE RILEY & THE MAMOU PLAYBOYS. Costumes are optional -- Having Fun Isn't. STEVE RILEY & THE MAMOU PLAYBOYS are a phenomenon in the age of progressive Cajun music. Their dynamic music has awarded them much recognition, including 2 Grammy nominations, 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". Advance tickets not needed -- pay at the door, everyone will get in. Connolly's has a tasty and reasonably priced dinner menu, a full bar, and a beautiful sprung wooden dance floor. There is no minimum. The LETS ZYDECO shows are friendly community events, set up for dancing, socializing or listening. We welcome your attendance.

MARDI GRAS PARTY -- Costumes are optional -- HAVING FUN ISN'T!

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


back by popular demand!
Sunday February 4, 2007
Curley Taylor & Zydeco Trouble
A HOLIDAY ZYDECO PARTY
go to their site: www.curleytaylor.com

Written up as "TOP LIVE SHOW" in Time Out NY
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 "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

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