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Curly TaylorSunday, December 18th, 2011
Let's zydeco holiday Party with
Curley Taylor & Zydeco Trouble
www.curleytaylor.com

"Top Live Show in NY"- 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 has generated widespread acclaim in his own right. A recent NYC show at Connolly's was arguably one of the best shows of the year, and a previous time he played in NYC at Connollys, Taylor was featured in TimeOut New York as "TOP LIVE SHOW IN NEW YORK."

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Dikki DuSunday, December 4th, 2011
Dikki Du and the Zydeco Krewe
www.dikkidu.com

A HOT TIME IN THE CITY -- LOUISIANA LIVE plus 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. 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.

Their latest LETS ZYDECO show (August 5, 2011) was highlighted in The New Yorker, with a 'highly recommended' commendation, and a tribute to Dikki Du (Troy Carrier), and to his father, Roy Carrier, who died this past year.


Rosie LedetSaturday, November 19th, 2011
ROSIE LEDET & the ZYDECO PLAYBOYS
www.rosieledet.net

"The ZYDECO SWEETHEART returns to NYC" – Offbeats Best of the Best

"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". 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.

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Jeffery BroussardSaturday, November 5, 2011
"Accordionist of the Year" - Zydeco Music & Creole Heritage Awards 2007
Louisiana Division of the Arts grant recipient 2007-2008


Jeffery Broussard & The Creole Cowboys

www.jefferybroussard.com

Jeffery Broussard & The Creole Cowboys features the accordion mastery and soulful vocals of front man Jeffery Broussard, originally 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. They are creating incredible music and outstanding performances, cultivating and inspiring new generations of Creole zydeco fans.

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LangelusSunday, October 30, 2011
L'ANGELUS
www.langelus.info



Presenting L'ANGELUS,
a "Secret Gem of a Band"

Cajun Fiddle Swing band from Louisiana.

This is a band you can fall in love with... L'ANGELUS, a secret gem of a band, is returning !! Their previous shows were HUGE HITS, delightful and entertaining.

L'Angelus just played in Madrid, Spain for 2 MILLION PEOPLE !!!!! at the World Youth Day Event.

Here's what some well known people are saying about L'Angelus:

From Michael Doucet (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."

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."

Dr. Michael Clark: "L'Angelus electrified audiences at this year's Oyster Ridge Music Festival with their unique high energy Cajun and swamp rock style of music. Voted the band festivalarians would most like to see again, L'Angelus has an easy southern energy that makes people want to dance and have fun."

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Acadien Cajun BandSaturday, October 15, 2011
Johnny Ace & Sidewalk Zydeco
www.sidewalkzydeco.com

Johnny Ace & Sidewalk Zydeco have been playing together since September 2006, and already have appeared on National TV -- ABC - (Cupid). They have also 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" ratings from Time Out NY magazine for it's NYC Let's Zydeco shows, and has also been highlighted inThe New Yorker.

The band can't help being influenced by the collective musical experience of the talented 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 which is still firmly grounded within the single and triple row accordion sounds of Zydeco. Playing both standards and originals -- Let's Zydeco with SIDEWALK ZYDECO!

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Luster KingsSaturday, October 1, 2011
The Lustre Kings
ROCKABILLY ... At It's BEST
www.lustrekings.com

This is a bit of a departure for LETS ZYDECO, but we're thrilled to be welcoming one of the top Rockabilly Dance Bands to Connollys, for their debut LETS ZYDECO event. You may have heard THE LUSTRE KINGS at Arn & Gerry's danceathon party a few years ago (I loved them), 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 like 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).

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Let's Zydeco!Sunday, September 25, 2011
LAURA'S NYC JUKE JOINT
BLOWOUT EVENT
LETS ZYDECO
DJ MUSIC & DANCE PARTY

IT'S A LOUISIANA SUNDAY NIGHT IN NYC!
Come dance the night away to your favorite Zydeco Dance Tunes, with some Swamp pop and Cajun favorites thrown in, played through Connollys studio level sound system, while enjoying the company of friends and new acquaintances.

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Acadien Cajun BandSaturday, August 13, 2011
Acadien Cajun Band
www.acadiencajunband.com

"Traditional and Contemporary Cajun Music from South Louisiana" ..... "these boys have got it .... they play like they invented it..."

The Acadien Cajun Band is  an aspiring young band, full of exuberance and a true love for what they do. You will find them at jam sessions, clubs, dancehalls, recording studios and other venues through the music scene of south Louisiana carrying on what they were taught, teaching what they know, and loving every minute of it.

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Dikki DuFriday, August 5, 2011
Dikki Du and the Zydeco Krewe
go to the DikkiDu web site

A HOT TIME IN THE CITY  -- LOUISIANA LIVE plus  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. 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.

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Leroy ThomasFriday,  July 8, 2011
Leroy ThomaS & The Zydeco Road runners
www.zydecoroadrunners.com

Leroy Thomas, "the Jewel of the Bayou", is one of the most gifted, versatile, and dynamic musicians on the zydeco scene. Born in Lake Charles, LA into a very musical family, Leroy picked up the drums at age 8, soon progressed to the accordion, and he has barely stopped since. Leroy is a real showman, and puts on a high level show. With an unmatched repertoire of Zydeco, Cajun, Blues, R&B, and Country music he mixes an ideal combination of traditional zydeco with his own innovative, funky, hard-driving sound. 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 in NYC at Connollys.

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C'est BonSunday,  June 26, 2011
C'est Bon
(It's So Good!)
All Female Cajun Band

Go to their Facebook page

TWIN FIDDLES, FOUR FEMALE HARMONIES, HEART-MELTING WALTZES...
This recently formed all-female band has already been described as "mesmerizing" 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 is their second performance at a LETS ZYDECO event, and the upcoming
show will be highlighted in this week's New Yorker.

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The Savoy FamilyFriday, June 3, 2011
The Savoy Family Band
www.savoymusiccenter.com/bios.html

Cajun Royalty Marc & Ann Savoy, with sons Wilson & Joel

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. Marc Savoy has 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.

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Sammy Naquin & The Zydeco Whips Saturday, May 14, 2011
SAMMY NAQUIN & the ZYDECO WHIPS
www.sammynaquin.com

This is "The Band to Watch" An Upbeat Blend of Zydeco/Cajun & New Orleans Funk

Sammy Naquin & the Zydeco Whips -- Extremely talented, and able to blend Zydeco / Upbeat Cajun and New Orleans Funk .... this band is a total winner, and a DO NOT MISS SHOW, even if you haven't heard them yet!

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. I would say this is "The Band to Watch".. With this rare NYC appearance, this is a show not to be missed.

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Rosie LedetSaturday, May 28th, 2011
ROSIE LEDET & the ZYDECO PLAYBOYS

www.rosieledet.net

"The ZYDECO SWEETHEART returns to NYC" – Offbeats Best of the Best
"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". 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.

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L'AngelusSunday, April 10th, 2011
L'ANGELUS
www.langelus.info

Presenting L'ANGELUS, a "Secret Gem of a Band" Cajun Fiddle Swing band from Louisiana.

This is a band you can fall in love with...L'ANGELUS, a secret gem of a band, is returning !! Their previous shows were HUGE HITS, delightful and entertaining. e Here's what some well known people are saying about L'Angelus:

From Michael Doucet (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."

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."

Dr. Michael Clark:
"L'Angelus electrified audiences at this year's Oyster Ridge Music Festival with their unique high energy Cajun and swamp rock style of music. Voted the band festivalarians would most like to see again, L'Angelus has an easy southern energy that makes people want to dance and have fun."

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Leroy ThomasSunday March 13th, 2011
LEROY THOMAS & the ZYDECO ROADRUNNERS
www.zydecoroadrunners.com

After MARDI GRAS PARTY with "The Jewel of the Bayou"
"Pure Louisiana Zydeco ..... Great Dance Music with a Great Zydeco Beat"

Leroy Thomas, "the Jewel of the Bayou", is one of the most gifted, versatile, and dynamic musicians on the zydeco scene. Born in Lake Charles, LA into a very musical family, Leroy picked up the drums at age 8, soon progressed to the accordion, and he has barely stopped since. Leroy is a real showman, and puts on a high level show. With an unmatched repertoire of Zydeco, Cajun, Blues, R&B, and Country music he mixes an ideal combination of traditional zydeco with his own innovative, funky, hard-driving sound. 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 in NYC at Connollys

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CJ ChenierMARDI GRAS PARTY
Sunday, March 6, 2011

C.J. Chenier & the Red Hot Louisiana Band

C.J. Chenier's site on Alligator Records

As the Chicago Defender aptly stated, "Complex, driving rhythms force you to dance. A powerful, soulful vocal delivery forces you to listen".

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.

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Steve Riley & The Mamou PlayboysFriday March 4, 2011
Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys
Best Cajun Band


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 3 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."

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Curley Taylor Sunday, February 20, 2011
Curley Taylor & Zydeco Trouble
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.


NathanSunday, February 6, 2011
Nathan & the Zydeco Cha-Chas
Ain't Nothing But a Party

www.zydecochachas.com

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


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.


Rosie LedetVALENTINES DAY PARTY
Saturday, February 12, 2011

with ROSIE LEDET

www.rosieledet.com

"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". 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.


Sammy NaquinSunday, January 23, 2011
Sammy Naquin & the Zydeco Whips
Only Second Time in NYC
www.sammynaquin.com

Sammy Naquin & the Zydeco Whips perform at what portends to be a special evening of beautiful music. Extremely talented, and able to blend Zydeco / Upbeat Cajun /and New Orleans Funk .... this band is a total winner, and a DO NOT MISS SHOW, even if you haven't heard of them!

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. With this rare NYC appearance, this is a show not to be missed.


Jeffery Broussard Sunday, January 9, 2011
SHOWCASE EVENT for this Year's APAP Conference
"Accordionist of the Year" - Zydeco Music & Creole Heritage Awards 2007
Louisiana Division of the Arts grant recipient 2007-2008


Jeffery Broussard & The Creole Cowboys
www.jefferybroussard.com

After a hit performance at LETS ZYDECO/CONNOLLYS this October, Jeffery and his band will be returning to Connollys -- to play a SHOWCASE (everyone welcome/open to the public) for this years APAP conference (Association of Performing Arts Presenters) Jeffery Broussard & The Creole Cowboys features the accordion mastery and soulful vocals of front man Jeffery Broussard, originally 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. They are creating incredible music and outstanding performances, cultivating and inspiring new generations of Creole zydeco fans.

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