June 17, 1995 |
Successfully mixing career and family responsibilities is no easy task. But according to Cajun-zydeco accordionists Queen Ida and Sheryl Cormier, the rewards reaped from living one's dream and sharing it with loved ones make any sacrifices worth the effort. In fact, both women's careers truly are family affairs. Ida Guillory's son, Myrick, plays accordion in the Bon Temps Zydeco Band, which plays tonight at Saddleback College in Mission Viejo.
June 3, 1993 |
The crawfish-decimating culture of the French Acadians is small but strong, Cajun accordionist Steve Riley says. "There's about a half a million people who still speak French, right here in the middle of the United States, and that makes us different," he said of his Louisiana home. "We have our own food, and there's the music, of course. Pretty much every five miles you can find a dance hall with music on the weekends."
May 30, 1996 |
Remember the sultry intro to Ike and Tina Turner's version of "Proud Mary," where Tina snarls: "We never, ever do nothin' nice and easy."? The Southern California Cajun & Zydeco Festival turns 10 this weekend in Long Beach, and its founder and still-head-cheerleader, Franklin Zawacki, just may be the Tina Turner of concert promoters. Noticing that audiences around the country are getting more and more enthusiastic about the pumped-up rhythms of zydeco, what did Zawacki do for this year's fest?
June 3, 1994 |
Most Cajun musicians get the luxury of making music only when the real work of the day is done. For some it can be backbreaking work in the rice fields, for others arduous labor on the oil rigs that dot the southwestern Louisiana landscape.
June 2, 1994 |
Other upcoming Cajun-zydeco events: * Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.: The 1994 Southern California Cajun & Zydeco Festival at the Rainbow Lagoon, next to the Long Beach Convention Center. Acts include D.L. Menard & the Louisiana Aces, Walter Mouton & the Scott Playboys, Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys, Nathan & the Zydeco Cha-Chas, the Poullard Brothers and Joe Simien & Lisa Haley. Also, food booths and dance, music and cultural workshops. Single-day tickets are $14.
June 3, 1993 |
Some years back in the Louisiana Cajun bayou town of Houma, the Houma Gazette ran stories on a running battle between the town government and a fellow whose property had recently been contained by the newly revised city limits. As the city codes demanded, he was then required to install indoor plumbing, which he fought tooth and nail, standing by his trusty outhouse and hand-pump.
May 30, 1997 |
Not long ago, a party was held for a group of visitors to Eunice, La., a small bayou town about 45 miles northwest of Lafayette. As the guests chowed down on jambalaya, gumbo and catfish, a group of local musicians representing both the Cajun and zydeco styles that were born in this French-speaking region gathered in a circle on folding chairs. With accordions, fiddles, guitars and their voices, they explored their common musical roots.
May 10, 1989
Queen Ida & the Bon Temps Zydeco Band and Michael Doucet & Beausoleil will headline the third annual Los Angeles Cajun and Zydeco Music-Dance-Food Festival on Memorial Day Weekend. The event will take place at the Velodrome on the campus of Cal State Dominguez Hills in Carson. Promoters of a competing festival held last year at the John Anson Ford Theatre are not repeating this year, eliminating the oddity of rival Cajun festivals on the same weekend. The lineup for May 27 will include Beausoleil, C. J. Chenier & the Red Hot Louisiana Band, Dewey Balfa & Friends, Nathan & the Zydeco Cha-Chas (in their first Southland appearance)
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May 7, 2001 |
Boozoo Chavis, one of the leading performers in zydeco--the musical mixture of Cajun, Celtic and rhythm and blues--has died. He was 70. Chavis died Saturday at a hospital in Austin, Texas, of complications from a heart attack and stroke. He was admitted to Brackenridge Hospital on April 29 after suffering a minor heart attack following a performance. His condition declined steadily after he suffered a stroke in the hospital.
July 22, 1993 |
Karen Hysell was not looking for romance when she started the Traditional Music and Dance Conservancy events three years ago. But a year later, that's what she got. "The real point of (the conservancy dances) is to keep the music available and increase the popularity of the music and increase the locations where musicians who play it can be heard," she said. The conservancy has a dance, featuring the energetic blend of music called Zydeco, scheduled Friday night in South Pasadena.