2010 LET'S ZYDECO EVENTS RETURN TO CURRENT CALENDAR>>
Jesse LegeSunday December 5, 2010
ANNUAL HOLIDAY PARTY
with JESSE LEGE & JOEL SAYOY with BAYOU BREW

www.jesselege.org

This collaboration of two of the greatest names in contemporary Cajun music will get you on your feet.

Vocalist of the Year, Band of the Year, Song of the Year (for "Mémoires Dans Mon Coeur"); in nearly 40 years of playing, singing and living Cajun music, Jesse Lege has seen and done it all.     
In 1998 Jesse was inducted into the Cajun Music Hall of Fame.
JOEL SAYOY -- son of the famous Marc & Ann Savoy, has made a name in his own right, and has won the coveted 2007 "FIDDLER of THE YEAR" award from the Cajun French Music Association ... Bayou Brew with these 2 super stars, presented in Connollys festive setting will provide a lovely evening for the Holidays.,

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, and there is no minimum. A dance workshop in the basic Cajun Dance styles is provided prior to the show.  You do not need a partner to participate. The LETS ZYDECO shows are friendly community events, set up for dancing, socializing or listening. We welcome all people who enjoy live Louisiana music.

Connolly's on 45th, 121 West 45th (between 6th & Broadway)
Doors Open 5:30 PM for dinner, drinks or socializing
Cajun dance lesson 6:00PM Show: 7:00 - 11:00
Admission $22

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C'est BonSunday, November 21, 2010
C'est Bon (It's So Good!)
All Female Cajun Band
Afternoon/Early Evening Louisiana Style
Cajun Fais Do-Do

This recently formed all Female band - has already been described as "mesmorizing" and "energizing" - playing heart-melting waltzes, and many Cajun favorites. With Twin Fiddles, and 4 Female Vocalists, an unusual blend of beautiful Cajun music and harmonies is in store. This will be an afternoon to early evening event - a typical Louisiana Cajun Fais Do-Do.


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

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SAturday, November 13, 2010
ROSIE LEDET & THE ZYDECO PLAYBOYS
www.rosieledet.com

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

Connolly's on 45th, 121 West 45th (between 6th & Broadway)
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Sunday, October 24, 2010
Lil Pookie & the Zydeco Sensations
www.LilPookieZydeco.com
Visit their MySpace page

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.
Connolly's on 45th - 121 West 45th (between 6th & Broadway)
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Sunday, October 10, 2010
Jeffery Broussard & The Creole Cowboys
www.jefferybroussard.com

Zydeco Dance Music Echoing the Creole Past, Charting Zydeco's Future
Jeffery Broussard "Accordionist of the Year" -Zydeco Music & Creole Heritage Awards 2007
Louisiana Division of the Arts grant recipient 2007-2008

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 taking the next generation's perspective of this music and presenting it with contemporary flair and expertise. Jeffery Broussard & The Creole Cowboys create incredible music and outstanding performances, cultivating and inspiring new generations of Creole zydeco fans.

Connolly's on 45th - 121 West 45th (between 6th & Broadway)
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Sunday, October 3, 2010
L'angelus
www.langelus.info

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."

"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)
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Saturday, September 25, 2010

Lil' Mo & the monicats
joined by Hard-Core
Country/Honky tonk star
Teri Joyce

A Classic Country, Rockabilly Swing,
Honky-Tonk Good Time

"After a long break Li'l Mo is back with a new album (on theCow Island label,) and since her last two albums, Hearts In My Dream and her self titled 1996 debut, she has refined her music to cover a wider platform of roots based vintage musical forms. As well as the rockabilly and country influenced songs there are now hints of jazz, cajun, soul, pop and r 'n' b. There is also a strong sense of continuity in that she has again co-produced the album with multi-instrumentalist Hank Bones who was on the previous two albums. Guests include Louisiana musician and Mamou Playboy Steve Riley who adds some accordion and fiddle to the song Dance Crazed, while Bones delivers some bluesy cornet to the old time tone of Why Don't You Live With Me? Alongside the accomplished originals Li'l Mo covers a Bill Haley co-write, Rockin' Chair On The Moon as jumpin' rockabilly while Wayne Walker's I've Got A New Heartache plays out as a country shuffle. Throughout she adapts her vocal approach to suit the various moods that the songs take and does so with her customary flair, something that makes this album such an enjoyable listening experience. Fans of Imelda May would do well to check this album out."---Lonesome Highway

Austin, Texas songwriter Teri Joyce sings the songs that built the honkytonks and writes the songs that will keep them standing. She's truly a singer's songwriter, and her songs have been covered by such roots royalty as Marti Brom, Roger Wallace, Ted Roddy, Karen Poston, and Rick Broussard. Teri's ball-of-fire stage presence and honest country voice have delighted crowds for more than a decade, with her original classics and the country gold she loves to mine.

Connolly's on 45th - 121 West 45th (between 6th & Broadway)
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Friday, September 17, 2010
Beausoleil with Michael Doucet
http://www.rosebudus.com/beausoleil

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." They've won numerous Grammy Awards, including 2009 Best Cajun or Zydeco Album. Michael Doucet was awarded the coveted 2007 United States Artists Fellowship and 2005 National Heritage Fellowship from the National Endowment of the Arts.


Connolly's on 45th, 121 West 45th (between 6th & Broadway)
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Sunday, August 29, 2010
Curley Taylor & Zydeco Trouble
www.curleytaylor.com

"A Hot Time in the City"




"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. A recent 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)
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Friday, July 16, 2010
Johnny ace & sidewalk zydeco
www.sidewalkzydeco.com

Johnny Ace and Sidewalk Zydeco have been playing together since September 2006,
and already have appeared on National TV -- ABC - (Cupid),   and have been honored by being chosen
to play at the annual Louisiana State University annual Crawfish Boil here in NYC.

The band has repeatedly received "Highly recommended" rating from "Time Out NY" magazine for it's NYC shows,
and has also been recommended by THE NEW YORKER.

The band can't help being influenced by the collective musical experience of the members which ranges from Do-wop, to Salsa, Bluegrass, Ska, Reggae  and just plain kickin' Rock and Roll. Those influences give the band a distinctive contemporary urban sound but still firmly grounded within the single and triple row accordion sounds of Zydeco. Playing both standards and originals -- this will be an upbeat night of great music and dance.

Connolly's on 45th, 121 West 45th (between 6th & Broadway)
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Saturday, July 3, 2010
The Pine Leaf Boys
Two-time Grammy Nominated "Best Cajun/Zydeco Album"
www.pineleafboys.com

HE PINE LEAF BOYS, including Wilson Savoy (son of Marc & Ann Savoy),and Courtney Granger, (one of the most sought-after Cajun fiddlers in the world) are making quite a name for themselves...presenting their own inimitable brand of Cajun music with youthful exuberance.

Hailing from Southwest Louisiana, The Pine Leaf Boys have breathed new life into Cajun music, reviving ancient songs and bringing them to the bandstand. All 5 members are in their early 20's, have been steeped in music since childhood, and are now representing the U.S. around the world. They present their music on twin fiddles, accordion, bass and drum.




FRIDAY, May 28, 2010
C.J. Chenier
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".

Connolly's on 45th, 121 West 45th (between 6th & Broadway)
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FRIDAY, JUNE 18, 2010
ROSIE LEDET & THE ZYDECO PLAYBOYS
www.rosieledet.com

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


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Saturday, May 8, 2010
T Broussard & the Zydeco Steppers
www.tbroussard.com

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.

Connolly's on 45th, 121 West 45th (between 6th & Broadway)
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Saturday, April 10, 2010
Girl Howdy
Classic Honky Tonk with Vintage Twang

www.girlhowdyband.com

GIRL HOWDY is high-energy, retro-twang honky-tonk music served up piping hot! Delivering tight vocal harmonies, spare yet punchy arrangements, and an infectious honk- tonk groove, the band has been a favorite at festivals, concerts and dances since 2001. First Connolly's / NYC / appearance, we can expect a terrific evening ... "... sweet harmonies, sliding steel, and sawing fiddle -- define Girl Howdy's genuine jukebox sound."

Connolly's on 45th, 121 West 45th (between 6th & Broadway)
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SATURDAY (NOT Sunday)
March 6, 2010

STEVE RILEY & THE MAMOU PLAYBOYS

www.mamouplayboys.com

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)
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Friday, April 2, 2010
Leroy Thomas & the Zydecoroadrunners
"The Jewel of the Bayou"

"Pure Louisiana Zydeco ..... great dance music with a great zydeco beat" Leroy Thomas, "The Jewel Of The Bayou," was born in Lake Charles, LA into a very musical family. 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)
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Mardi gras party
Sunday, February 21, 2010

C.J. Chenier
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".

Connolly's on 45th, 121 West 45th (between 6th & Broadway)
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valentine's day party
Sunday, Feb 14, 2010

Curley Taylor & Zydeco Trouble
www.curleytaylor.com
Bring Your Sweetheart or Meet your Sweetheart!

"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. A recent 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)
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GRAMMY Awards night Party
Sunday, January 31, 2010
Li'l Mo
Go to Li'l Mo's on CDBaby

A Classic Country, Rockabilly Swing, Honky-Tonk Good time!
Monica Passin (Li'l Mo), a regular attendee at Lets Zydeco events, brings her L'il Mo & the Monicats to Connollys for the third time. A previous show was highlighted in The New Yorker, On The Horizon. Read all about it here. http://www.newyorker.com/arts/events/horizon/2007/12/03/071203gohz_GOAT_horizon

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

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