Zydeco Crossroads Weekend (10/23 + 10/24)
Fri · October 23, 2015 - Sat · October 24, 2015
Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 6:30 pm
World Cafe Live Philadelphia
$40 ADV - $50 DOS + Fees
This event is all ages
All sales are final. Ticket prices do not include processing fees. There are no refunds or exchanges. Cameras & recording devices are not permitted. Showtime and supporting acts are subject to change.
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Premiere of Zydeco Crossroads documentary by filmmaker Robert Mugge.
Panel discussion on the evolution, influence and future of Zydeco, moderated by World Cafe host, David Dye.
Zydeco dancing, Cajun food, and more!
Tsitsi Juji: Author of Africa in Stereo: Modernism, Music and Pan-African Solidarity
Herman Fuselier: 20-year host of the radio show Zydeco Stomp on KRVS in Lafayette, LA
Stephanie Renee: Radio show host WURD, Philadelphia
Doors - 6:00pm
Dance Lessons with Allons Danser - 6:30 – 7:15 pm
Ruben Moreno - 7:30 – 8:45pm
Keith Frank - 9:15 - 10:45pm
Doors- 2:30 pm
Film Screening – Zydeco Crossroads: A Tale of Two Cities
By filmmaker Robert Mugge- 3:00 – 4:30pm (Downstairs)
Panel Discussion -
From the Past to the Future of Zydeco
Hosted by David Dye- 4:45 – 5:45pm (Upstairs)
Corey Ledet and His Zydeco Band: 7:30-8:30pm
Wayne Singleton and Same Ol 2 Step: 8:50-9:50pm
Rosie Ledet: 10:10-11:10pm
Major support for Zydeco Crossroads has been provided by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.
He learned everything he could so that he could incorporate the culture in all areas of his life – the traditions, the food, and most importantly, the music.
His love for the Creole/Zydeco music was instant and hard for him to ignore. He studied the originators of the music such as Clifton Chenier, John Delafose, and Boozoo Chavis. He branched out to include studying any (and all) artists of Zydeco. At the early age of 10, he picked up shows playing drums for Houston-based band Wilbert Thibodeaux and the Zydeco Rascals and slowly learned the main instrument of the music – the accordion. He came to truly love any type of accordion – the single-note, triple-note and piano key accordions – and any others. He worked at building his skills until he knew each one fluently.
By the time he graduated from high school, he was certain that music was the focal point of his future. Corey eventually moved to Louisiana in order to be surrounded by this beautiful culture at all times. He remains true to his roots and earnestly searches for ways to include them in his music. He keeps one foot firmly in the tradition while exploring surrounding influences in order to create the best of both worlds. He is able to infuse old and new styles of Zydeco into his own unique sound from all of the people he studied and was influenced by.
He also appreciates the other traditional sound indigenous to Louisiana in Cajun music and has been able to expand his repertoire to include these influences as well. Corey’s versatile sound enables him to please any audience. Whether he is playing a solo acoustical set or he is backed up by a full band, you as a listener will always be thoroughly entertained. He finds joy in giving his listeners a true dance/music experience in the ways of old-time house parties. So, come and enjoy the music of old presented in a new way but still very tied to tradition. He looks forward to entertaining you!
Rosie Ledet & The Zydeco Playboys have become the act to watch on the zydeco circuit. Brimming with coy sensuality, Rosie's music is fresh and daring while still retaining its links to its bayou Creole heritage. Rosie has a rare combination of talent, not only in the zydeco world, but in any musical genre. She can write top-notch award winning songs, hang with the best of them on her instrument, and can sing circles around her peers. Rosie is among the few zydeco artists who still sing and write some of their own material in Creole French.
“He’s the best singer in all of zydeco!” exclaimed famed zydeco accordionist Leroy Thomas.
At the age of 10, Ruben opened at the Continental Club on rubboard with Leroy Thomas & the Zydeco Roadrunners in Austin, Texas, the Live Music Capitol of the World. He then took to the road for the next decade playing with Thomas and C.J. Chenier. Moreno subsequently moved to the California Bay Area and was groomed by zydeco stalwart Andre Thierry. In October 2011, Ruben released his first solo recording, 'Por Ti Volare' (For You I Will Fly) produced by Thierry. Skyrocketing Ruben's career, the album earned him acclaim from many, including iconic ambassador Buckwheat Zydeco.
"I was captured by the sounds I was listening to, not knowing who it was on stage. I had no clue and it was amazing!" stated Grammy award-winning Stanley "Buckwheat" Dural, after seeing him at a California festival. "Ruben's music takes you to a different dimension, he is very versatile and that is what makes a professional."
After Ruben's first album release, he toured the East Coast, performed in New York City's Times Square, and hit major festivals in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Connecticut, and California. Moreno also toured abroad to Canada, France, and Germany with Jeffery Broussard and Gerard Delafose. During recent West Coast road swings, Moreno shared the stage with Grammy award-winning guitarist David Hidalgo of Los Lobos and Thierry at the Mexican-Zydeco Connection concerts, and received praise and glowing accolades from music icons, Bonnie Raitt and Linda Rondstadt.
Released in October 2014, Ruben's sophomore CD, 'Compliqué' (Complicated) is already being recognized by his peers and audiences as being the most innovative and fresh type of zydeco out there today.
From top to bottom, Ruben's band will have you toe-tapping to authentic and revolutionary zydeco cuts, rocking out to cutting-edge vocals, and singing the blues to a classic Little Richard cover. Whether at one of Ruben’s concerts or online, zydeco fans adore his vocal prowess and his unique rhythmic style.
Zydeco, the accordion-based music of Creoles in Southwest Louisiana has been bringing people of all races to dance floors for generations, and has given us legendary names: Clifton Chenier, Beau Jocque and BooZoo Chavis. Over the last two decades, another name has established himself as the pre-eminent artist in the genre, fusing the tradition music of his forefathers with the elements of soul music, rhythm & blues, rock and even a little hip-hop. The result sound transformed the Zydeco scene and the Soileau Zydeco Band became the top name in Zydeco. The band’s leader, Keith Frank, became such a dominant influence on the music scene that he was given a new nickname in Acadiana. They started calling him “The Zydeco Boss!”
While some of the younger Zydeco musicians are pushing zydeco to the progressive left, Wayne & Same Ol 2 Step, keep their music firmly grounded in the Opelousas-Lawtell tradition of Zydeco. Mentored by the legendary Roy Carrier, Wayne Singleton, founder of the band, at the age of 30 has toured and played throughout the United States and in Europe, playing such venues as Blast from the Bayou at Strawberry Park, Oshkosh Sawdust Days Jazz and Zydeco Festival, Gator by the Bay, Daphne Zydeco Festival and the Cajun & Zydeco Festival in Raamsdonksveer, Holland.
During their eight year span, the band has produced and released four CD's. Something for the Young & Old (2005); Who Want It? (2007) Gotta Be Me (2009), and their current; I Bring It! (2011). Offbeat Magazine's review of Gotta Be Me writes; "Given the subtle finishing touches, like the cool descending guitar cords and sliding keys, a band that has found it's course, Same Ol 2 Step is hardly same ol'. They will make you want to dance."
In an effort to spread the heritage of zydeco music, a sense of hard work, and the importance of education to the younger generations, Wayne frequently visits local schools to help the students learn about the rich history of the genre, and the types of instruments used in zydeco such as the accordion and the rubboard. Wayne is brutally honest with the students about the hard work it takes to be a musician, and how setting goals, staying in school, and having a plan for their lives, is a more important key to their success than just picking up an instrument.
Same Ol 2 Step encourage a smoke-free environment for musicians and endorse the Let’s Be Totally Clear campaign. The band was the first to request and receive a smoke-free venue at Whiskey River in December 2010, and their latest CD release party was sponsored by the Let's Be Totally Clear campaign at Whiskey River.
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