Let's Zydeco!

LET'S KEEP SUPPORTING LIVE LOUISIANA MUSIC! CHECK THIS SITE FREQUENTLY FOR UPCOMING EVENTS!
To book bands for other events, or for Cajun or Zydeco Dance Lessons, contact Laura at (917) 208-2432 or zydecolaura@hotmail.com

UPCOMING SHOWS FOR 2014

PLEASE NOTE: 
Despite a major fire at Connollys on Saturday, August 30th OUR SHOWS WILL GO ON as planned. The sound system and the air-conditioning system are working well. There will be food and drink available. There has been a massive clean-up effort. Please come and show your support.

Leroy Thomas Friday, October 17th, 2014

LES AMIS CREOLE

featuring Cedric Watson & Ed Poullard

Authentic Louisiana Creole Music
"LIVING LEGEND OF LOUISIANA CAJUN & CREOLE MUSIC"

 A glimpse of what they sound like https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WUIbg3Ds7M8

Les Amis Creole -- An engaging trio featuring Grammy-nominated Cedric Watson united with his friend and mentor, multi-instrumentalist Ed Poulard, as well as Desiree Champagne on washboard will provide a unique and special evening at this recently booked LETS ZYDECO show. Les Amis Creoles bring together three musicians steeped in the sounds, language and traditions of South Louisiana, East Texas and their common Creole heritage. Embracing the acoustic purity of that tradition, these three friends perform the old songs with uncommon dexterity and grace. They take us back to an era before the advent of zydeco – to a time when this danceable folk music was played at house parties across southwest Louisiana.

This is the real deal -- a chance to experience the origins of Creole music right here in NYC
Some info about the noted musicians:

Cedric Watson:
Cedric Watson is one of the brightest young talents to emerge in Cajun, Creole and Zydeco (Louisiana French) music over the last decade; a four-time Grammy-nominated fiddler, singer, accordionist & songwriter with enormous talent and seemingly unlimited potential.
Michael Doucet (Beausoleil) has stated:
“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

Ed Poullard
A "living legend of authentic Cajun and Creole music"
Ed Poullard was born in Eunice, LA and raised in Southeast Texas. By the time he was in grade school, he was playing in his father’s band at house parties and parish dances. Ed started out on drums and guitar, then moved on to accordion and fiddle, studying the latter with the late, legendary Canray Fontenot, with whom he performed nationwide until Fontenot’s death in 1995. Edward Poullard is one of the few Creole fiddlers still carrying on in the tradition of the late Canray Fontenot. As he says to me "we do what nobody else does anymore" 

Desiree Champagne
Talented and youthful, playing the rubboard with great style
Desiree is a delight to have back at Let's Zydeco!

Connolly's on 45th, 121 West 45th (between 6th & Broadway)  3rd floor
Doors Open 6:30 PM for dinner, drinks or socializing  
Dance lesson 7:15 PM    
Show 8:00 - 11:30 MN
Admission $22

ABOUT THE VENUE - Connolly's, at 121 West 45th (between 6th & Broadway) – 3rd floor, has a tasty, varied, and reasonably priced dinner menu, a full bar, a beautiful sprung wooden dance floor and a recording studio quality sound system.

ABOUT THE CROWD - 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.

ABOUT THE STEPS- Want to learn some new steps? A complimentary dance workshop is provided prior to the music for those interested in learning the basic dance steps. You do not need a partner to participate.

PARKING INFO- Connolly's is 1/2 block east of Times Square. There is free street parking on Sundays, and 6-hour metered parking on Friday & Saturday evenings.  Best and most inexpensive garage - 3 blocks away - the Edison/Hippodrome Garage on 44th street between 5th and 6th Ave. Rates are $17 for the entire evening (up to 12 hours) on Fridays/Saturdays and  $12 on Sundays (up to 12 hours)

Sign up for email updates by emailing zydecolaura@hotmail.com, or for more info, call (212) 685-7597 or (917) 208-2432

Leroy Thomas Sunday, October 19, 2014

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 Louisiana can now be heard in NYC at Connolly's!

Connolly's on 45th, 121 West 45th (between 6th & Broadway)  3rd floor
Doors Open 5:30 PM for dinner, drinks or socializing  
Dance lesson 6:00 PM    
Show 7:00 - 10:30 
Admission $23


 

Zydegroove Saturday, November 8, 2014

ZydeGroove

www.zydegroove.com

On a roll from their biggest year of gigging yet, ZydeGroove is bringing their signature country zydeco sound to Connolly's. The band lead by Laren Droll on accordion has been long in the making, with roots stretching back 20 years in the Northeast Cajun/Zydeco scene. Delivering irresistible dance grooves is what this band is all about. 
www.zydegroove.com
http://facebook.com/zydegroove 
Bringing dynamic feats of fiddling to the ZydeGroove front line is Roger Weiss. Fiddle may be uncommon in zydeco, but ZydeGroove is an uncommon band. Guitarist Gary Graeff holds the distinction of having Cajun blood in his veins - he grew up playing in the Lafayette area and his deeply grooving rhythm gives witness to the fact. Maggie McManus on rubboard brings tour-de-force playing to the frontline, but it is her mesmerizing dancing that often garners the most attention. The all important backline is Alan Bradbury on bass and Doug Chapman on drums - both are well seasoned zydeco musicians who keep the band deeply in the pocket. 
"If my near half a century of being eyebrow deep into Cajun French Music gives me any qualification, I would tell you that Laren, among many great accordion players, is one of my absolute favorites. He is one of the best and most versatile musicians left playing old time, straight and true zydeco ala Boozoo, Delton Broussard, John Delafose, etc. Laren and ZydeGroove, his assembly of many of the best players in the Northeast, will definitely put you on the dance floor." Jesse Lege 

Listen to a ZydeGroove video playlist on youtube:
http://tinyurl.com/qgj2c6p 

Connolly's on 45th, 121 West 45th (between 6th & Broadway)  3rd floor
Doors Open 6:30 PM for dinner, drinks or socializing  
Dance lesson 7:15 PM    
Show 8:00 - 11:30 / MN
Admission $22


 

L'il MoSaturday, November 22, 2014

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 big band to Connolly’s. Li’l Mo & The Monicats shows here have been highlighted as well as illustrated in The New Yorker.

Bill Kirchen, Titan of The Telecaster, wrote the liner notes for the current (fourth) Monicats album, Whole Lotta Lovin’: “Boy, can she sing. Monica is a triple-threat, a chanteuse who can rock and write songs you swear you grew up with. This is the real deal, a captivating singer with soulful new material, and a voice that breathes life into some choice classics.”

The Monicats will keep you dancing to old-school country, rockabilly, swing, jump blues, and 60s pop-inspired songs. Tonight’s show is Li’l Mo’s annual birthday spectacular, so in addition to the five-member band playing guitars, pedal steel, fiddle, piano, doghouse bass, and cocktail drum, there will be a party. Don’t miss this extra-special show!

Connolly's on 45th, 121 West 45th (between 6th & Broadway)  3rd floor 
Doors Open 6:00 PM for dinner, drinks or socializing  
Dance lesson 7:15 PM    
Show 8:00 - 11:30 / MN
Admission $20


 

Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys Sunday December 14, 2014

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 Playboys

Sunday, January 11, 2015

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

SOME OF OUR PAST SHOWS....

Jesse LegeSaturday, October 4th, 2014

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."

Connolly's on 45th, 121 West 45th (between 6th & Broadway)  3rd floor
Doors Open 6:30 PM for dinner, drinks or socializing  
Dance lesson 7:15 PM    
Show 8:00 - 11:30 / MN
Admission $22


 

The Zydeco Revelators

Sunday, September 21, 2014


The Zydeco Revelators

A Zydeco "fais do do" 
Cajun Food specials added to
Connollys normal varied menu

www.facebook.com/ZydecoRevelators
www.ZydecoRevelators.com

An exciting, lively and talented band has arrived. They will be featured at LETS ZYDECO show at Connollys on Sunday, September 21st .... with an added Cajun Menu ... and an hour earlier start time ..  New York City's Own Cajun Zydeco Boogie! Inspired by Louisiana gumbo, then injected with East Coast spontaneity, The Zydeco Revelators bring a stomping good time to Connolly's. Their raw, rockin'  accordion riffs backed by serious R&B rhythms are sure to make any crowd dance!
In the tradition of Tipitina's -- with a very popular Sunday, early evening "fais do do" ... we will have a NYC zydeco version of the same ...
Connollys is preparing a special menu of Cajun food -- people can still order from the regular Connollys menu -- This band of talented musicians, plays mainly cover songs from many of the famous Zydeco stars ..... Geno Delafose, Keith Frank, Rosie Ledet, Brian Jack, Chris Ardoin, Roy Carrier and others.
A native Louisiana, passing by a recent show, was drawn in .... and said upon hearing the music ... " I was down the street and the heard the sounds of home" ... he "felt like he was back in Louisiana .... it was like the smell of good home cooking in the breeze" 
Start time will be an hour earlier than normal Sunday times, to accommodate people who are traveling or can't do late Sundays
This is an exciting new band -- they are getting very positive responses -- hope everyone will join us and help make their debut show at LETS ZYDECO a smashing success

Connolly's on 45th, 121 West 45th (between 6th & Broadway)  3rd floor
Doors Open 5:00 PM for dinner, drinks or socializing  
Dance lesson 6:00 PM    
Show 6:30 - 9:30 / 10:00
Admission $20


 

Ruben Moreno & Zydeco Re-Evolution

Saturday, September 6, 2014


Ruben Moreno & Zydeco Re-Evolution

"A Rising Young Star"
Peace, Love & Honky Tonk
"Best New Band" -- 2012 Zydeco Music Awards

 www.rubenmusik.com

Returning to NYC to open our 2014 season  -- Ruben Moreno is a talented and dedicated young musician, with ideals and high values ..... we are delighted to have him start our 2014 Lets Zydeco season.

At the ripe old age of 23 Ruben Moreno is a veteran of the musical road, having begun playing professionally at age 13, and hitting the road at age 15, playing Rubboard with some of Zydeco's greatest performers such as CJ Chennier, Leroy Thomas and Andre Thierry. Drawing on his rich musical roots, he brings a fresh new energy and vision to the Creole Zydeco he loves. 

Ruben Moreno captures both the Louisiana and the Texas Zydeco sound ... this is only his second time
playing for a LETS ZYDECO show .... I hope everyone comes out and shows their support for this amazing performer and person. 

Watch a video of Ruben Moreno showing how it's done on accordion at Eagles Hall in Alameda CA
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mo0l4vZgmwU

Connolly's on 45th, 121 West 45th (between 6th & Broadway)  3rd floor  (stay tuned for location update)
Doors Open 6:30 PM for dinner, drinks or socializing  
Dance lesson 7:15 PM    
Show 8:00 - 11:30 / MN
Admission $22


 

Jeffery Broussard

Friday, June 20th, 2014


Chubby Carrier & The Bayou Swamp Band

www.chubbycarrier.com

"Who Stole the Hot Sauce"
Grammy Winner for Best Zydeco Album
for "Zydeco Junkie"
Dancer Friendly Sets

Born on July 1, 1967 in Churchpoint, Louisiana, Chubby is the third generation of zydeco artists with such famous relatives as Roy Carrier (father), Warren Carrier (grandfather), and cousins Bebe and Calvin Carrier who are presently considered legends in zydeco history.

Chubby began his musical career at the age of 12 by playing drums with his father’s band. He began playing the accordion at the age of 15. By age 17, Chubby had begun to play with Terrance Siemien and toured the world for 2 1/2 years, before forming his own band in 1989.

Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band have recorded five CDs over the past ten years of Chubby’s professional career. His band has traveled all over the world, performing to audiences in all parts of the United States, including Alaska and Hawaii, Canada. North Africa and Europe. This will be their debut performance at LETS ZYDECO at Connollys, NYC -- Please come out and support Roy's eldest son, who is a legend in his own right, and who has made his father proud

PLEASE NOTE: Dancer Friendly Sets

Connolly's on 45th, 121 West 45th (between 6th & Broadway)  3rd floor
Doors Open 6:30 PM for dinner, drinks or socializing  
Dance lesson 7:30 PM    
Show 8:30 - 12:00 MN
Admission $22


 

Jeffery Broussard

Sunday, June 15, 2014


THE PINE LEAF BOYS


"Cajun Cool"
Father's Day Holiday Celebration

www.pineleafboys.com

Four time Grammy nominated for "Best Cajun/Zydeco Band" THE PINE LEAF BOYS, including Wilson Savoy (son or 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.

"The next best thing to a dance on a Saturday night in Louisiana" .... Rolling Stone Bring your fathers and families, and come celebrate with us at Connollys, NYC

Connolly's on 45th, 121 West 45th (between 6th & Broadway)  3rd floor
Doors Open 5:30 PM for dinner, drinks or socializing  
Dance lesson 6:15 PM    
Show 7:00 - 11:00 
Admission $22


 

Jeffery Broussard

Saturday, May 31st, 2014


Jeffery Broussard & The Creole Cowboys


"Accordionist of the Year" 
Zydeco Music & Creole Heritage Awards Recipient
Louisiana Division of the Arts grant recipient

http://www.jefferybroussard.com

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 leading this resurgence of and presenting it with contemporary flair and expertise.
Very danceable music -- Jeffery Broussard is a hit band in the LETS ZYDECO series
"Jeffery Broussard has long been respected as one of the greatest accordion players to ever
grace our beautiful Creole culture and for that matter the world."
-- Don Cravins, Sr., Mayor of Opelousas, LA, Zydeco Capital of the World

Connolly's on 45th, 121 West 45th (between 6th & Broadway)  3rd floor
Doors Open 6:30 PM for dinner, drinks or socializing  
Dance lesson 7:30 PM    
Show 8:30 - 12:00 MN
Admission $22


 

Saturday, April 26th, 2014

Koray BroussardKoray Broussard & the Zydeco Unit

Funky & Soulful "pure zydeco sound"
The latest Broussard to hit the NE Zydeco Trail

https://www.facebook.com/koray.broussard

Grandson of the late and venerable Delton Broussard, and nephew of Jeffery Broussard, Koray Broussard is the youngest of this amazingly talented musical family to hit the northeast zydeco circuit. Extremely talented, with youthful enthusiasm .... Koray is ready and eager to hit NYC ..... He will not disappoint us.

Touring extensively with Curley Taylor and Andre Thierry, Koray has managed to incorporate their sounds with his own original beat. A "skilled multi-instrumentalist", with contemporary R&B and gospel influences, added to the traditional zydeco rhythms -- Koray Broussard & the Zydeco Unit will soon be heating up Times Square at Connollys in NYC. Hope everyone of you will come out and support this new and hopeful talent. He's giving us a Saturday night ... he won't disappoint us and let's not disappoint him

Connolly's on 45th, 121 West 45th (between 6th & Broadway)  3rd floor
Doors Open 6:30 PM for dinner, drinks or socializing  
Dance lesson 7:30 PM    
Show 8:30 - 12:00 MN
Admission $22


Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys Friday, April 4th, 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.

Connolly's on 45th, 121 West 45th (between 6th & Broadway)  3rd floor
Doors Open 6:30 PM for dinner, drinks or socializing  
Dance lesson 7:30 PM    
Show 8:30 - 12:00 MN
Admission $23


Leroy Thomas Friday, February 28th, 2014

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 Louisiana can now be heard in NYC at Connolly's!

Connolly's on 45th, 121 West 45th (between 6th & Broadway)  3rd floor
Doors Open 6:30 PM for dinner, drinks or socializing  
Dance lesson 7:15 PM    
Show 8:00 - 12:00 MN
Admission $24


 

CJ ChenierMARDI GRAS PARTY, COSTUMES ENCOURAGED!
Sunday, March 2nd, 2014

MARDI GRAS PARTY featuring C.J. Chenier & the Red Hot Louisiana Band

http://concertedefforts.com/roster/cj-chenier-and-the-red-hot-louisiana-band/

Recent Press: http://nyr.kr/1lnwoZH

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.

Connolly's on 45th, 121 West 45th (between 6th & Broadway)  3rd floor
Doors Open 5:30 PM for dinner, drinks or socializing  
Dance lesson 6:00 PM    
Show 7:30 - 11:00 
Admission $25


Jesse LegeFriday, February 7th, 2014

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."


 

L'il MoSaturday, January 25th, 2014

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 big band to Connolly’s. Li’l Mo & The Monicats shows here have been highlighted as well as illustrated in The New Yorker.

Bill Kirchen, Titan of The Telecaster, wrote the liner notes for the current (fourth) Monicats album, Whole Lotta Lovin’: “Boy, can she sing. Monica is a triple-threat, a chanteuse who can rock and write songs you swear you grew up with. This is the real deal, a captivating singer with soulful new material, and a voice that breathes life into some choice classics.”

The Monicats will keep you dancing to old-school country, rockabilly, swing, jump blues, and 60s pop-inspired songs. Tonight’s show is Li’l Mo’s annual birthday spectacular, so in addition to the five-member band playing guitars, pedal steel, fiddle, piano, doghouse bass, and cocktail drum, there will be 12 fantastic girl singers joining the band to sing back-up on two of Li’l Mo’s original tunes. Don’t miss this extra-special show!


dikki

Friday, January 17th, 2014


Dikki-du & the Zydeco krewe
"Pure Louisiana Zydeco" -- "Make it Funky"

http://dikkidu.webs.com  
https://www.facebook.com/dikki.du.5?fref=ts

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. 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 assisting with 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


 

Saturday, January 11th 2014

The Pine Leaf Boys

Four-time Grammy Nominated 

"Best Cajun/Zydeco Band"

"The next best thing to a dance on a Saturday night in Louisiana!" - ROLLING STONE

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.


 

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


 

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The Pine Leaf Boys, L'Angelus, Curly Taylor, Leroy Thomas, Steve Riley, The Savoy Family Band

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LET'S ZYDECO and C.J. CHENIER featured prominently in the March 3rd, 2014 issue of The New Yorker...

(the entire page 7 "Goings on About Town" with commissioned photograph by Dan Winters)
http://nyr.kr/1lnwoZH


LET'S ZYDECO featured in Sunday, May 26th, 2013 New York Times,

with feature article by Bryan Miller & photographs by Bryan Thomas ..."Amid the Din, Les Bons Temps Rouler"
http://nyti.ms/13Nr58h


Celebrated Pine Leaf Boys Cajun band comes to Connolly's (Video)
http://exm.nr/13gLnLy


LET’S ZYDECO: New York Woman Brings Southern Culture to the Big Apple
http://bit.ly/12rvzSB


LETS ZYDECO'S shows featured in The Sunday New York Times,2/17/13, Arts and Leisure Section, with article "MARDI GRAS FLAVOR FOR NEW YORK" by Jon Pareles http://ow.ly/hLrsa

Follow up to Benefit for the Siller Tunnel to Towers Hurricane Sandy Fund:

Last month's event with Rosie Ledet, Actor Michael Cerveris and his band Loose Cattle, and Evacuteer.org was an amazing success. We were able to donate approx $3,000 to The Siller Tunnel to Towers Hurricane Sandy Foundation. And also make connections with New Orleans, and also NOLA transplants in NYC. Thanks to all of you who participated.

Let's Zydeco was in the news again for the special Bye Bye Hurricane Season event.

Two Hurricane Sandy benefit dance parties one in New York City, one in New Orleans – linked live in real time this Friday, via Skype and big screen TVs. The Big Apple and the Big Easy have always shared a love of good music, good food and good times. Now, of course, NYC and NOLA share hurricane survival and recovery."

Read the article by Evelyn Kanter, here:
NY On The Cheap


Everyone's talking about Let's Zydeco

In an Examiner article entitled Laura Selikson's Let's Zydeco still strong in New York after 17 years, Jim Bessman wrote:

"It's another Louisiana Saturday – night except it's at Connolly's Irish pub/restaurant just off Times Square, where it's packed tighter than crawfish in a trap at another Laura Selikson-hosted Let's Zydeco dance party. She's been bringing top South Louisiana dance bands - including BeauSoleil, The Savoy-Doucet Cajun Band, C.J. Chenier & the Red Hot Louisiana Band, The Pine Leaf Boys, Steve Riley & The Mamou Playboys, along with newer groups like L'Angelus, Curley Taylor & Zydeco Trouble--once or twice monthly ever since January, 1993.

Read the full text of Jim Bessman's article at examiner.com


The New Yorker features Let's Zydeco, and Rosie Ledet, again!

View a fabulous illustration of Rosie Ledet that appeared in print and online at newyorker.com.

Let's Zydeco is on Youtube.com

Check out this awesome video of Cajun fiddle band L'Angelus, shot at a Let's Zydeco event at Connolly's, NYC, October 2009



In the News:



The Saturday, March 6, 2010 LETS ZYDECO show with Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys was chosen by THE NEW YORK POST's "Weekend Calendar: Hot Picks in Entertainment" They only choose 2 film, one news event, one art event, and one music event, and this show was the one Music Event chosen for the weekend (NY Post, 3/5/10) Thanks to the Post!

In addition, the show was in The New Yorker & Time Out. Our Mardi Gras event with C.J. Chenier was featured in Newsday, The New York Times, The New Yorker and Time Out NY, also on WFDU & WFUV.

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Born on the Bayou, Let's Zydeco and Cajun with Laura Selikson at Connolly's an article by Bonnie Rosenstock on exploredance.com March 8, 2009

This article gives a great description of our events, and at the bottom are some wonderful photos View Explore Dance article


ABC/Disney uses band Sidewalk Zydeco
in their new TV series, CUPID. Stay tuned for broadcast dates!


September 8, 2006 - Journalist Valerie Gladstone wrote an article on Cajun & Zydeco dancing and our LET'S ZYDECO events: Big Easy Parties Find Refuge Up North Arts Around Town
in The New York Sun

Valerie attended several events, and at the July 23rd show with Geno Delafose & French Rockin' Boogie, she interviewed many participants. A professional photographer, Rachel Papo, was sent by the NEW YORK SUN To the August 20th Steve Riley & the Manou Playboys event. Download the article as a PDF


September 19, 2008 - Highlighting our new season, WFUV.FM 90.7 does a set featuring Zydeco stars from our line-up.


August 1, 2008 - Radio interview with Dikki-Du on WFDU.FM 89.1 explaining zydeco music, highlighting our show tonight, and extending a special invitation to Katrina and Rita transplants.


August 1, 2008 - New York Sun, highlights LETS ZYDECO in the MUSIC section, under the heading "Let's Go Out This Weekend: Zydeco Whim X August 1, 2008," written by Neil Gluckman.


May 20, 2007 - The New York Times, Metro section, p 26, acknowledges LETS ZYDECO, and Laura stars in the top photo!
Link to NYTimes article


March 4, 2007 - Read this New York Times article about The Pine Leaf Boys who appeared at LETS ZYDECO March 4th show at Connolly's in NYC. Download the NY Times article as a PDF


December 3, 2008 -THE NEW YORKER highlights LETS ZYDECO holiday event with Li'l Mo & the Monicats in the "On the Horizon" section. Read all about it here.


Since Katrina hit the Gulf Coast, LET'S ZYDECO held a fundraiser with proceeds sent to The Louisiana Disaster Recovery Foundation, Inc., and 2 benefits with proceeds going directly to The Bruce Daigrepont Cajun Band, a band from New Orleans who was hit hard by the hurricane.

Numerous items were graciously donated for the auctions: The events were supported by contributions from Carnegie Hall, Starbucks Coffee, Rounder Records, The French Institute - Alliance Francaise, New York Sports, and the support of the fine people who attend the LET'S ZYDECO music and dance events -- donating therapuetic body work, private dance lessons, tempting rugalah from Erica's Rugaleh, a week vacation home in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, Painter Girl Chocolates by Monica, photographs of Louisiana Musicians pre-Katrina by Photographer John Neely, herbal-nutritional consultation and accupuncture treatment by C. Trahan, O.M.D., fine jewelry, etc, etc.

Our thanks to all who helped make these events a success.

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LET'S ZYDECO helps publicize POGO & EVIE, a new Zydeco Musical by Aaron Latham.

Aaron Latham is best known for his novels and screenplays, including URBAN COWBOY. He has been a regular contributor to such publications as Esquire, The New York Times, Rolling Stone, and New York Magazine.

After an initial run at Jacques-Imo's Restaurant, the play might be opening at Connolly's in the fall – stay tuned!