Monday, June 18, 2012

Zydeco Workshop - (next to) Portland Zydeco & Blues Music Festival

Zydeco Workshop Saturday - July 7th next to Portland's Blues & Zydeco Festival

Saturday morning before the Blues festival there will be a free Zydeco dance workshop covering Intermediate moves and advanced Louisiana style slides. These moves are often seen at the bars and festivals in Louisiana & Texas.

Time: 10:30am-11:30am

Hotel Fifty (across the street from the festival)
50 Southwest Morrison Street
Columbia Conference Room, 2nd Floor

Cost: Free
Questions: call 619-857-8409

Video Practice Link:  If you would like to practice the basics of the slides before class please click on the following link..

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Zydeco Trial Ride

What I truley love about Zydeco is the spirit & attitude it brings out.  Here is a clip from the Bill Picket Trial Ride in Beaumont Texas...  I have had many Zydeco adventures over the years but I have not done a trial ride.."yet"..

Keith Frank New CD - Follow the Leader/Boot Up

Keith Frank put out a new double CD called Follow the Leader/Boot Up.  13 tunes on the Boot Up CD and 17 on the Follow the Leader. 

From the shear vast number of tracks you are guaranteed to find several to meet your Zydeco addiction.. 

A few of the favorite tracks I heard ... 

Oh Mamacita -
Zydeco 2-Step with a Mexican music style to it which is great.  He sings a bit of the tune Spanish and then English which works really well.

Lessons from the Master Boozoo Chavis -

This is a great vocal track of Boozoo-isums.  The late great Boozoo Chavis has a unique perspective which he often shared I often wish there was a little book of these so leave it up to Keith Frank to realize how special his words were and shared an actual audio clip of Boozoo sharing a few words of wisdom.

Don't Start No Sh** -

A great little duet of him and another singer with a huge low end bass playing that will shake any room it is played in... 

Still Zydeco for Me -
A happy Zydeco tune reflecting on keeping with the traditional sound of Zydeco in comparison to other newer Zydeco which has rap style influences.

Link to sample/listen to the tunes on the CD...

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Long Beach Bayou Festival

This year's Long Beach Bayou Festival has an incredible line up of Zydeco and Cajun artists.  I am consistently impressed each year with the artists they are able to book and this year they blew my Zydeco dance stomping mind!!.

Chris Ardoin, Geno Delafose, Joel Savoy, Jesse Lege, Lil Wayne, Kevin Naquin, J Paul Jr. just to name a few....

From this line up I can already see that I will be lucky if I can walk back to my car after dancing all weekend ;)..

Check out their web site at and hope to see you on the dance floor!