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March 4, 2007

Buckwheat Zydeco in Calgary Tonight

Written by
cindy mcleod

blues music live in Canada


Buckwheat Zydeco
Sunday, March 4
8:00 pm
Jack Singer Concert Hall, Calgary

Calgary Loves Creole King Buckwheat Zydeco

Creole music king Buckwheat Zydeco makes a welcomed return to Calgary on Sunday, March 4, as part of the BD&P World Music Series at the Epcor Centre’s Jack Singer Concert Hall.

The zydeco master is a four-time Grammy nominee, and is familiar to Calgarians, being a frequent performer at the legendary blues club of the King Edward Hotel.

Buckwheat Zydeco (born Stanley Dural, Jr. on November 14, 1947) is one of the few American accordionist and zydeco performers to achieve mainstream success. In 1971, he founded Buckwheat & the Hitchhikers, a funk band that he led for five years before switching to zydeco. He began backing Clifton Chenier, one of the most legendary zydeco performers. He set out on his own with The Ils Sont Partis Band; they debuted with One for the Road in 1979 and were nominated for a Grammy Award for “Turning Point” and “Waitin’ for My Ya Ya” (1985) after switching to the Rounder Records label. He soon signed to Island Records, the first zydeco act on a major label, and released On a Night Like This, a critically acclaimed album that was nominated for a Grammy. The band soon appeared in the film The Big Easy.

During the 1990s, Buckwheat Zydeco was less commercially successful than before, and switched labels constantly. The band remain a popular live draw, and continue recording. Buckwheat’s latest album, Jackpot!, was released on June 7, 2005 on the Tomorrow Recordings label.

Sunday, March 4 8PM
Buckwheat Zydeco
Jack Singer Concert Hall / Calgary

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