2009 LET'S ZYDECO EVENTS RETURN TO CURRENT CALENDAR>>
Saturday, January 9, 2010
The Pine Leaf Boys
www.pineleafboys.com


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".

Recently, Wilson Savoy was a huge hit playing the keyboards with his famous family in The Savoy Family Band, at a Let's Zydeco show.

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. You do not need to come with a partner to have a great time. Advance tickets not needed -- pay at the door, everyone will get in.
Info: (212) 685-7597

Connolly's on 45th - 121 West 45th (between 6th & Broadway)
Doors open at 6:00 PM for dinner, drinks or socializing
Dance lessons at 7pm
Music 8:00 PM - Midnight
Tickets are $22, pay at door


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SUNDAY, December 6, 2009
Bruce Daigrepont Cajun Band
www.brucedaigrepont.com

"Best Cajun Album"..."Best Accordion Lead"

A Special "Do Not Miss" event! Long anticipated return of this great Cajun band to NYC. Bruce Daigrepont, well known for his Sunday evening "fais-do-do's" at New Orleans Tippitana's, will be coming into NYC for one night only. Bruce is one of the most exciting artists in Cajun music today. That is because he is not only an excellent accordionist and singer, but he is one of the few Cajun performers actually writing the French-language songs. Because of this, he continues to set the standard for much of the direction Cajun music will be taking for years to come. Bruce's albums have won "Best Album of the Year" and "Best Accordion Lead". He has represented the United States on several international tours.

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


FEUFOLLETS ALBUM COVERJOIN US FOR OUR ANNUAL HOLIDAY PARTY
SUNDAY, December 13, 2009

WITH Johnny Ace & Sidewalk Zydeco
www.sidewalkzydeco.com

Groovin' and danceable music influenced by Do-wop, to Salsa, Bluegrass, Ska, Reggea and just plain kickin' Rock and Roll... Like Johnny says during their shows, "we put a New York edge to that Creole sound and when we hit the stage we don't fool around."

Indeed, their audiences are treated to a "ferocious dance groove" that is appreciated by dancers who are always looking for that Zydeco beat that forces you to move. Even if they don't know the steps, everyone in the audience is on the floor moving something as soon as that diatonic accordion starts pullin', yea u right!

The band has repeatedly drawn a "highly recommended" rating from "Time Out NY" magazine for it's NYC shows and has played to packed dance floors at our dances at Connelly's in the past.

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


SUNDAY,
NOVEMBER 15, 2009

Rosie LedeT & The zydeco Playboys
www.myspace.com/rosieledet

"Today's premier female artist is Rosie Ledet, whose soulful voice kicks her male counterparts right out of the club"... Wall Street Journal

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". Rosie 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.

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


SUNDAY, October 25, 2009
Leroy Thomas & the zydeco roadrunners
visit their site at www.zydecoroadrunners.com

Leroy Thomas, "The Jewel Of The Bayou," 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.


SUNDAY, October 18, 2009
SAMMY NAQUIN & the ZYDECO WHIPS
featuring AL BERARD (Basin Brothers)
www.sammynaquin.com
www.alberard.com

Grammy award nominee Al Berard (The Basin Brothers) joins Sammy Naquin this Sunday to perform at what portends to be a special evening of beautiful music.

Sammy was brought up in the bayous of South Louisiana, raised in a Cajun family, but by age 16 was playing on Bourbon Street in New Orleans. He has performed with many varied artists, including Jimmy Buffet, Rusty Kershay and Smokey Robinson. Sammy has received numerous awards. You may have heard his music on the television series “The Big Easy.” In between touring Sammy played on Bourbon Street in New Orleans nightly for the last 22 years and was playing until the night before Hurricane Katrina hit. Al Berard -- founder of the Grammy nominated Basin Brothers – is a legend. With this rare NYC appearance, this is a show not to be missed.


Sunday, october 4, 2009
L'angelus

Louisiana Cajun & Swamp-Pop
"Magical Harmonies" & "Formidable Fiddling"
Visit their site at www.angelusband.com or www.cajunrecords.com

This is a band you can fall in love with...L'ANGELUS, a secret gem of a band, is mainly known for hosting the annual New Year's Day Music Party in Lafayette, Louisiana. This will be their second performance at a LETS ZYDECO show. Their debut event was a HUGE HIT, and a delightful and entertaining evening. Here's what some well known people are saying about L'Angelus:

From Zachary Richard: "There is a new wind blowing in South Louisiana music. And it's called L'Angelus. Talented. Original. Yet tradition based. With roots in both Cajun and Country. To hear them play is a pleasure. To hear them sing is a joy. To see them smile is a wonder. I am a fan."

From Michael Doucet from BeauSoleil: "L'Angelus" translates to me as "angelic voices" with the instrumental energy of a freight train that knows no boundaries . . . the magic of their music more than touches your heart . . . it pierces your heart then sweeps you away."

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


Sunday August 23, 2009
Rosie LedeT & The zydeco Playboys
www.myspace.com/rosieledet

"Today's premier female artist is Rosie Ledet, whose soulful voice kicks her male counterparts right out of the club"... Wall Street Journal

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". Rosie 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.

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


Saturday, June 27, 2009
L'ANGELUS
Louisiana Cajun & Swamp-Pop
"Magical Harmonies" & "Formidable Fiddling"
Visit their site at www.angelusband.com or www.cajunrecords.com

This is a band you can fall in love with...L'ANGELUS, a secret gem of a band, is mainly known for hosting the annual New Year's Day Music Party in Lafayette, Louisiana. This will be their second performance at a LETS ZYDECO show. Their debut event was a HUGE HIT, and a delightful and entertaining evening. Here's what some well known people are saying about L'Angelus:

From Zachary Richard: "There is a new wind blowing in South Louisiana music. And it's called L'Angelus. Talented. Original. Yet tradition based. With roots in both Cajun and Country. To hear them play is a pleasure. To hear them sing is a joy. To see them smile is a wonder. I am a fan."

From Michael Doucet from BeauSoleil: "L'Angelus" translates to me as "angelic voices" with the instrumental energy of a freight train that knows no boundaries . . . the magic of their music more than touches your heart . . . it pierces your heart then sweeps you away."


Sunday July 19th, 2009
Dikki Du and the Zydeco Krewe
(LA Zydeco)

go to the DikkiDu web site
A HOT TIME IN THE CITY with DIKKI DU.
plus A ZYDECO DANCE CONTEST!!


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. Hisability 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. For this special event, members of the band will be teaching the dance lesson.

The night will feature: A ZYDECO DANCE CONTEST Bring your best dance partner, or meet them at Connollys A WELCOMING INVITATION To Katrina & Rita transplants, & also former attendees


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. You do not need to come with a partner to have a great time. Advance tickets not needed -- pay at the door, everyone will get in.
Info: (212) 685-7597

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


Saturday, May 2, 2009
Leroy Thomas & the zydeco roadrunners
visit their site at www.zydecoroadrunners.com

Leroy Thomas, "The Jewel Of The Bayou," 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.

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

Saturday, April 18, 2009
Johnny Ace & Sidewalk Zydeco
visit their site, www.sidewalkzydeco.com

Groovin' and danceable music influenced by Do-wop, to Salsa, Bluegrass, Ska, Reggea and just plain kickin' Rock and Roll... Like Johnny says during their shows, "we put a New York edge to that Creole sound and when we hit the stage we don't fool around."

Indeed, their audiences are treated to a "ferocious dance groove" that is appreciated by dancers who are always looking for that Zydeco beat that forces you to move. Even if they don't know the steps, everyone in the audience is on the floor moving something as soon as that diatonic accordion starts pullin', yea u right!

The band has repeatedly drawn a "highly recommended" rating from "Time Out NY" magazine for it's NYC shows and has played to packed dance floors at our dances at Connelly's in the past.

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


Sunday, March 29, 2009
DWIGHT CARRIER "Black Cat" and the Ro Doggs
Details to come.

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


Sunday, MARCH 8, 2009
L'ANGELUS
Louisiana Cajun & Swamp-Pop
"Magical Harmonies" & "Formidable Fiddling"
Visit their site at www.angelusband.com or www.cajunrecords.com

"This is a band you can fall in love with" L'ANGELUS, a secret gem of a band, is mainly known for hosting the annual New Year's Day Music Party in Lafayette, Louisiana. This will be their debut performance at LETS ZYDECO show. I have not seen them, but have heard about them, and here is what some well known people are saying:

From Zachary Richard: "There is a new wind blowing in South Louisiana music. And it's called L'Angelus. Talented. Original. Yet tradition based. With roots in both Cajun and Country. To hear them play is a pleasure. To hear them sing is a joy. To see them smile is a wonder. I am a fan."

From Michael Doucet from BeauSoleil: "L'Angelus" translates to me as "angelic voices" with the instrumental energy of a freight train that knows no boundaries . . . the magic of their music more than touches your heart . . . it pierces your heart then sweeps you away."

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


****mardi gras PARTY****
Sunday, February 22, 2009

nathan & the zydeco cha-chas

** Costumes Encouraged, Having Fun Is Mandatory
** Prizes for Best Costumes: CASE OF CHAMPAGNE & Other Great Prizes


The LETS ZYDECO MARDI GRAS is considered by many as our premier annual event. Great decorations, costumes encouraged, food & beverages. A True Mardi Gras Atmosphere.

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

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


VALENTINE'S DAY PARTY
Sunday, February 15, 2009

Featuring C.J. Chenier
www.concertedefforts.com

Bring Your Sweetheart
or Meet Your Sweetheart


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".

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


super bowl sunday
zydeco PARTY
with 52" flat screen TV
Sunday, February 1, 2009

rosie ledet & the zydeco playboys
Visit Rosie's MySpace page




"Today's premier female artist is Rosie Ledet, whose soulful voice kicks her male counterparts right out of the club"... Wall Street Journal

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". Rosie 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.

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


Here's an event featuring Louisiana Zydeco music, performed by one of the leading NYC Modern Dance Troupes.
I'd like to encourage everyone to attend ¡V I'll certainly be there myself! - Laura


Elisa Monte Dance presents Zydeco, ZarÉ
A very Special Performance At the Joyce Theater,
on January 21-25, 2009


Elisa Monte Dance is presenting the New York premiere of Zydeco, Zaré at the Joyce Theater Jan 21st to the 25th.

The dance piece incorporates the syncopated sounds and movements of Zydeco music, which is a derivative of Creole culture and a cousin of Cajun music, while exploring Louisiana's rich and diverse landscape. Featuring music by a six-piece Zydeco band, Jeffrey Broussard & The Creole Cowboys, and Monte's innovative choreography, Zydeco, Zaré is a unique addition to the company's repertoire.

View PDF of a flyer for the event


Details and tickets are available at

www.elisamontedance.org

www.joyce.org
or by phone 212-242-0800
Sunday, January 11, 2009
featuring The Red Stick Ramblers
visit their site: www.redstickramblers.com

Featured Band at Ninigret and Ashogan "as tangy and as tasty as crawfish etoufee .."
"Quality Musicianship" .. from Lafayette, Louisiana.
"A vibrant mixture of Cajun, Zydeco, Western Swing, Blues and Old School Jazz"
"Contagious approach and danceable rhythms prove as tangy and as tasty As crawfish etoufee..."


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

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