Tag Archives: Opelousas

Step-N-Strut Trail Ride: Too Many Steps?

Trail rides were once the best-kept secrets in zydeco. Now, google “zydeco trail ride” and the first result comes from, ironically, The New York Times. Travel writer Shaila Dewan waxes poetically about her trip to the Pineywoods Trail Ride in Evangeline Parish. There are also links to an events calendar, YouTube videos and discussion forums. [...]

Southwest Louisiana Zydeco Festival Labor Day Weekend

On Saturday September 4, the Zydeco Park in Plaisance, LA will host the 28th Annual Southwest Louisiana Zydeco Fest, with special events also occurring throughout the week in Opelousas. Festivities begin on Thursday, September 2 with a parade/jam session. The parade will line up at 5 p.m. at Opelousas South City Park and proceed at [...]

YouTube du Jour: Curley Taylor

Thursday night is Zydeco Night at the Rock ‘n’ Bowl; tonight it features Curley Taylor. Here’s Taylor from 2009 at the Opelousas Zydeco Festival.

Nouveau Zydeco: Keith Frank Gets It On

When Boozoo Chavis returned to zydeco in the early 1980s, his hard-driving button accordion style appealed to young fans who hadn’t been interested in their parents’ sleepy two-steps and waltzes. Then some young members of the Broussard clan in Lawtell formed a band that combined a Boozoo-style accordion with ’60s soul-style vocals and steps, and [...]

Allons Danser

Following on the heels (or perhaps we should say the fins) of the omnipresent blackened redfish, the latest rage to come out of the bayou country is Cajun dancing. For quite a few years now Americans have been discovering what “Cajun” is all about—its special blend of food, music and good times. The culture of [...]