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Jesse LegeSaturday, December 14th, 2013

FESTIVE HOLIDAY PARTY featuring
JESSE LEGE & Bayou Brew
"One of the Greatest names in Contemporary Cajun Music"

http://www.jesselege.org

"Accordionist of the Year"
Authentic Louisiana Cajun Music
Inductee into the CAJUN MUSIC HALL OF FAME

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

This event will be held at THE PERFECT PINT - 3rd floor
123 W. 45th Street -- Right next to Connollys
Connollys is very busy over the holidays, so they have moved us next door
It is a smaller venue with fewer tables .... but
We still have a live band and a great wooden dance floor, full bar, and food menu


Curley Taylor

Sunday, December 8th, 2013

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, played as a 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."


 

L'Angelus

Friday, December 6th, 2013

DOUBLE BILLING -- A CAJUN CONNECTION

L'Angelus: A "Secret Gem of a Band"plus The Racines with Steve Riley: Grammy Nominated CD

www.langelus.com
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fH46D9_28tk

L'ANGELUS, a secret gem of a band, is returning, and is being joined by THE RACINES with STEVE RILEY!! Previous shows were huge hits, delightful and entertaining. 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." 

And THE RACINES:
The late Dewey Balfa once said "A culture is like a tree, you have to water the roots, but you can't go cutting off the branches every time the tree tries to grow". Well, Racines (which means "roots" in French) both waters the roots and stretches outward. A collaborative project of three gentlemen who are all well-known Cajun musicians in their own right, Racines explores the varying musical traditions that call Southwest Louisiana home: Cajun music, Zydeco, blues and more. Their only self-titled cd release garnered a Grammy nomination in 2007.

Steve Riley, of Mamou Louisiana, is a widely acknowledged master of the Cajun accordion and its singularly powerful sound. .. most people think Steve is the best there is, and very few would argue the point. His playing is a standard by which timing, phrasing and ingenuity are measured on the royal instrument of South Louisiana. That, combined with his searing, emotional vocals, songwriting, soulful fiddling and onstage front man charisma have had an impactful influence on many younger musicians in south Louisiana.

Kevin Wimmer has been playing fidle since the tender age of three. He performed frequently with Dewey Balfa and learned the essence of the tradition directly from him. Over the years he has performed most notably all over the globe with Preston Frank and the blues and swing inspired Red Stick Ramblers. Kevin brings a Creole influence to Racines, as exhitibed by his unique fiddle repertoire and his powerful vocals.

Chris Stafford is a musician and producer/recording engineer based in Lafayette, LA. He is a four time grammy nominee, playing on albums with Feufollet, Cedric Watson et Bijou Creole, and Racines. As a session musician he has contributed to recording sessions with Dr. John and to the score of the to the film Baraboo by long time David Lynch collaborator, Mary Sweeney. Stafford is a founding member of the progressive Cajun band Feufollet with whom he has toured around the United States, France, Canada, Mexico, and England.

The popular LETS ZYDECO shows are friendly community events, set up for dancing, socializing or listening. We welcome all people who enjoy Live Louisiana Music. The music times will be expanded from 8:00pm to MN, to accommodate both bands


 

Leroy Thomas

Sunday, November 24th 2013

Rockabilly Swing with The Lustre Kings

 "Rockabilly ...at its Best"
www.lustrekings.com

We're thrilled to be welcoming one of the top Rockabilly Dance Bands to Connolly's for their third LET'S ZYDECO show.

You may have heard THE LUSTRE KINGS at The New Jersey Danceathon, 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 such as 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).


 

Leroy Thomas Saturday, November 9th 2013

LEROY THOMAS & the ZYDECO ROADRUNNERS

www.zydecoroadrunners.com

"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 Connolly's!


 

Leroy Thomas Sunday, October 20th 2013

Mo' Mojo

www.momojomusic.com

"High Energy Party-Gras!" 
Making a Splash in the Northeast

Mo' Mojo takes Zydeco and Cajun music and infuses it with Americana, reggae, rock & roll, R & B and African and Latin rhythms. Mo' Mojo covers a lot of ground in the genre. Playing their own originals plus staple hits from zydeco kings such as Clifton Chenier, Boozoo Chavis, and Buckwheat Zydeco. They get the Zydeco funk groove going with the sounds of Sean Ardoin, and Keith Frank. Mo' Mojo sings in French on rowdy Cajun numbers! They have created zydeco versions of pop/rock songs by the likes of Led Zepplin CCR, and Prince. AND - they specialize in Mardi Gras and other New Orleans music (i.e. - Iko Iko, All on a Mardi Gras Day, When the Saints Go Marching In).


 

Rusty MetoyerFriday, October 4th 2013

RUSTY METOYER AND THE ZYDECO KRUSH

www.YouTube.com/TheZCrush
www.facebook.com/RustyMetoyerZydeco
www.RustyMetoyer.com

"Amazingly talented" and "Awesome" 
"Drop Everything and Go!"


Just starting out touring the Northeast -- Rusty Metoyer made a huge splash on his debut tour last month .... receiving numerous accolades. 
Very little press -- since he is barely 21 years old -- but "the real deal" ... playing a mixture of traditional Creole songs, and covers from all the Zydeco greats .... 
"This guy will blow down the doors of the Pavilion -- they are that good" ... ... Arn Burkoff (developer of this site) ... and if you don't want to have to travel to Jax in Houston -- then come on out to Connollys in NYC
We are excited about presenting Rusty at our LETS ZYDECO series at Connollys -- Please "show up" and help support a young and very talented Creole musician from Lake Charles, Louisiana ...


 

Lil Pookie Sunday, September 22, 2013


Lil Pookie & the Zydeco Sensations

www.pookiezydeco.com
Lil Pookie FB 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.


Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys Saturday, September 7th, 2013

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.


 

Jeffery Broussard

Saturday, August 24, 2013


Jeffery Broussard & The Creole Cowboys

http://almaartistbooking.com/jeffery-broussard/

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.



CJ ChenierSaturday, August 10, 2013

"The Crown Prince of Zydeco..."
C.J. CHENIER & the Red Hot Louisiana Band

C.J. Chenier's site

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.


Sunday, July 21, 2013


The Pine Leaf Boys

Four-time Grammy Nominated "Best Cajun/Zydeco Album"
www.pineleafboys.com

THE 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.


 

Curley Taylor

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Learn some more Louisiana Zydeco moves 
Special intermediate/advanced zydeco workshop provided by Greg Benusa 
from 6 to 7 pm at no extra charge... we'll also provide a beginners lesson at 7:15

 

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, played as a 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."


 

Kevin NaquinThursday, June 20th, 2013

TERRANCE SIMIEN & the ZYDECO EXPERIENCE

terrancesimien.com

PEACE ... LOVE ... and ZYDECO
Grammy Award for Best Zydeco or Cajun Music Album
A "DO NOT MISS EVENT"

TERRANCE SIMIEN ... "The Spirit of Creole Country" ... Having 7000 performances in 45 countries -- we are thrilled to welcome this musical virtuoso to our LETS ZYDECO events at Connollys in NYC.
Terrance Simien & the Zydeco Experience garnered the very first ever Grammy Award in the Zydeco/Cajun category at the 50th annual awards.

“Simien is a Zydeco Master: his voice yearning like Sam Cooke, he delivers soul worthy of Stax greats and shows crossover class.” .... Rolling Stone

During the past 25 years Simien has shared studio and stage with Robert Palmer, Stevie Wonder, Los Lobos, Taj Mahal, Dr. John, the Meters, Alan Toussaint, Paul Simon and Dave Matthews Band to name a few. He has been featured in dozens of films, including the blockbuster hit “The Big Easy”, TV movies and commercials. His music has been heard on public radio, FM and NPR syndicated radio shows, Voice of American and satellite radio heard by millions worldwide. His recordings have been praised by Rolling Stone, Billboard, other notable music industry publications and major daily newspapers


Kevin Naquin

Sunday, June 2, 2013

KEVIN NAQUIN & the OSSUN PLAYBOYS

www.ossunplayboys.com

"GULF COAST GROOVE"
Louisiana Cajun Band with
Multiple Award Winning Albums

If you are a fan of the Steve Riley band, you should come out any give these guys a try ..... Their music, to me, sounds reminiscent of the band that we all have grown up with and love ..... But, in their own right, Kevin Naquin & the Ossun Playboys have won numerous awards including "Best CD" for "Cravin Cajun", and "Song of the Year" for "Les Fourdoche". They've also picked up .... 
Best Accordionist — Kevin Naquin
Best Fiddler — Louis Dronet
Best Female Vocalist — Ashley Hayes
Best Recording of the Year — “Bayou Groove”
Band of the Year — Kevin Naquin and the Ossun Playboys
Song of the Year — C’est Trop Tard (It’s Too Late)
Now, that's a lot of awards ... so ... why don't you come out and see them in person. 
This is their first booking at NYC LETS ZYDECO .... let's make it memorable


Langelus

Friday, May 17th, 2013

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."


 

Johnny AceFriday May 3, 2013

Johnny Ace & Sidewalk Zydeco

www.sidewalkzydeco.com

"Great Dance Grooves"
and
"A Joie de Vivre Attitude"

Johnny Ace & Sidewalk Zydeco have been playing together since September 2006. 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 in The New Yorker.

A quote from Steve Riley: "Johnny Ace and Sidewalk Zydeco are one of the hottest up and coming groups in Zydeco music outside of south LA! These guys have been listening to and studying Cajun and Zydeco music for years and truly capture the essence of what Zydeco music is about. Great energy, very danceable, solid rhythm, and the laissez les bon temps roulez attitude that makes audiences feel good... These guys love Zydeco music and that comes across in their live performances and "joie de vivre" attitude! NE Zydeco at its finest!"



Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys Saturday April 27, 2013

GIRL HOWDY

www.girlhowdyband.com

Classic Honky Tonk & Rockabilly Swing

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. Sweet harmonies, sliding steel, and sawing fiddle -- define Girl Howdy's genuine jukebox sound.

"One of the best, most fun, dance bands in existence" Jack Donahue, dancer
"My new favorite dance band!!!  I can swing dance to this, jitterbug, two-step, Cajun & Zydeco steps I can do it all to this band!" Jody Rudnick, Dance instructor
"Girl Howdy rip and roar with a honky-tonk heart" Danny McCloske,. The Alternate Root  


 

Cedric WatsonSaturday April 13, 2013

CEDRIC WATSON & BIJOU CREOLE

GRAMMY NOMINATED !!
"Enormous Talent & Seemingly Unlimited Potential"

www.cedricwatson.com


One of the most noted young talents to emerge in Cajun or Creole music in the past few years, Cedric Watson is a fiddler, vocalist, accordionist and songwriter of enormous talent and seemingly unlimited potential. Cedric has been making quite a name for himself reviving old Creole fiddling styles and injecting a healthy dose of his own personality and ingenuity. All 3 of his CD releases since going on his own have been Grammy-nominated, an indication of the excitement around his emergence as a band leader.

"To propel our Louisiana culture into the future seems to be quite a task, but if one lives for the music as Cedric does, the path seems effortless. These songs may well be early brushstrokes of a life's worth of possibilities, not only for himself, but also for the identity survival of a culture." Michael Doucet/BeauSoleil


 

Jesse LegeSaturday, April 6, 2013

JESSE LÉGE AND BAYOU BREW

http://www.jesselege.org

"Accordionist of the Year"
Authentic Louisiana Cajun Music
Inductee into the CAJUN MUSIC HALL OF FAME

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


 

Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys Sunday, March 24, 2013

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.


Steve Riley & the Mamou PlayboysSunday, March 3, 2013

ANDRE THIERRY & ZYDECO MAGIC

www.andrethierry.com

"A WHOLE LOT OF SOMETHING"
Long Awaited NYC Appearance --
A "Do NOT Miss this Show" Event

Andre Thierry is a phenomenal talent who has been capturing the attention of other musicians and music lovers since he was a toddler. Andre’s French Creole heritage is deeply rooted in Louisiana although he was born and reared in northern California. Michael Tisserand, author of The Kingdom of Zydeco, considered the definitive book on the history of Zydeco music, wrote, "In America, great migrations produce great music... Now the California scenes rival anything back home in Louisiana, and that's due to players like Andre Thierry, a standard bearer for the new generation. Thierry is among the best of both the West Coast and the Gulf Coast, and he combines youthful vigor with a mature appreciation for his inherited tradition."

Andre continually raises the bar for Zydeco musicians worldwide. At only 32 years old, he is already a legend. There is widespread agreement that he is an exceptional multi-dimensional musician who has a finely-honed ability to merge traditional Zydeco music with hip-hop, blues, jazz and rock. Building from his love and respect for traditional Zydeco, his original music is a blend of old and new. His musical mastery enables him to create a unique sound for his and future generations while staying true to the past.


Steve Riley & the Mamou PlayboysFriday, February 22, 2013

STEVE RILEY & THE MAMOU PLAYBOYS

www.mamouplayboys.com

GRAMMY NOMINEES - Cajun Icons   
"Best Cajun Band of the Year"

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,". With their uncompromising respect for tradition and a forward-looking vision, Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys have set the standard for modern Cajun music. 

‘…One of the finest Cajun bands in history’ – WASHINGTON POST
‘Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys are kind of like a Cajun Beatles.’ – THE INDEPENDENT WEEKLY


 

CJ ChenierMARDI GRAS PARTY, COSTUMES ENCOURAGED!
Sunday, February 17, 2013

"The Crown Prince of Zydeco..."
C.J. CHENIER & the Red Hot Louisiana Band

C.J. Chenier's site

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.

 


 

Jesse LegeSaturday, February 2, 2013
20 Year Anniversary Party of LETS ZYDECO / CAJUN CONNECTION

JESSE LÉGE AND BAYOU BREW

http://www.jesselege.org

"Accordionist of the Year"
Authentic Louisiana Cajun Music
Inductee into the CAJUN MUSIC HALL OF FAME

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

This winter of 2013 marks the 20th anniversary of LETS ZYDECO (AKA Cajun Connection)

We plan for a lot of festivities. If you met at one of LETS ZYDECO'S events, please bring a picture for our connections board.


L'il MoSaturday, January 19, 2013

L'IL MO & the MONICATS

A Classic Country, Rockabilly Swing, Honky Tonk Good Time

www.reverbnation.com/lilmothemonicats

Monica Passin (Li'l Mo), a regular attendee at Lets Zydeco events, brings her Li'l Mo & the Monicats to Connolly's for our opening event of the Year. A previous show was highlighted in The New Yorker.

"Monica Passin, whose stage name is Li'l Mo, is one of New York's most committed and undiluted country singer-songwriters..her second albumboasts 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

On her latest album, as well as the rockabilly and country influenced songs there are now hints of jazz, Cajun, soul, pop and R&B. 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?"


 

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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