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Southern Soul and Blues singer Isaac “Big Ike” Martin was born Isaac Martin on July 28, 1949, in Lake Charles, Louisiana. One of his earliest, fondest recollections was of his mother and three aunts who, during the early and middle 50s, led the congregation of the Pleasant Hill Baptist Church singing spirituals. "They were my first inspirations and I couldn't wait to start singing in the choir, myself," he confessed. Big Ike became lead singer of the Southern Soul and Blues band called the Episodes (later changed to the Lake City Show Band). The group became a regional sensation opening for singers Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight & the Pips, and Bobby Blue Bland in grand arenas like Ball's Auditorium and Jones' Fine Fox. Big Ike was a reclusive musician, and even the music professionals in the Deep South who had heard of him seldom if ever saw him in person. Big Ike was on the verge of "breaking out," with--among other things--a major blues label (Mardi Gras) recording contract in the works for the Teddy Bear album.

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    Festival News Step Rideau Kicks Off Zydeco Sunday Funday Series!
    Posted by ZLady on Friday, June 14, 2013 (15:00:00) (431 reads)

    Step Rideau Kicks Off Zydeco Sunday Funday Series!

    Step Rideau & the Zydeco Outlaws Bring the Zydeco Heat to Club Buck Wild!

    Zydeco Nation!!!
    Get Ready For The Zydeco June Heatwave!!!





    Step Rideau & the Zydeco Outlaws
    is delivering the
    June Heatwave with that
    Rough & Ready Trailride Zydeco Swag To Club Buck Wild!

    Sunday, June 23, 2013

    Put On Your Boots & Hold On To Your Cowboy Hat - Get Ready for the June Heatwave!




    Step Rideau & the Zydeco Outlaws
    Sunday, June 23, 2013
    Doors Open @ 5:00pm

    Pre-Sale Tickets Available Online @
    http://zydecoworkout.com/sundayfunday/


    Zydeco Sunday Funday
    Featuring
    Step Rideau & The Zydeco Outlaws
    June, 23, 2013
    http://zydecoworkout.com/sundayfunday/



    Advanced Tickets Available Online
    or call
    (832) 754-0891

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    Creole Health Free Health Insurance Workshop for Musicians
    Posted by ZLady on Monday, June 10, 2013 (13:00:00) (459 reads)

    Free Health Insurance Workshop for Musicians

    Louisiana Consumer Healthcare Coalition (LCHC)
    and The Tipitina's Music Office Co-Op-Lafayette
    offer Free Health Insurance Workshop for Musicians!


    June 9, 2013

    by Moriba Karamoko
    Louisiana Consumer Healthcare Coalition (LCHC)
    www.lachc.org



    Register Here for the Free Informational
    Health Insurance Workshop for Musicians!


    Uninsured Musician?
    Want Health Insurance?
    Free Workshop for Musicians!

    Are you a musician living without health insurance? You’re not alone. A 2010 FMC survey found that 33 percent of musicians are uninsured, more than twice the rate of the general public.

    Starting October 1, enrollment will begin for new affordable health insurance options created by the Affordable Care Act. The Tipitina's Music Office Co-Op-Lafayette has teamed up with the Louisiana Consumer Healthcare Coalition (LCHC) to provide a free workshop on this unique opportunity for musicians. The workshop is free and informational only-no one will attempt to sell you any insurance plan. The workshop is:


    Monday, June 24, 2013, from 6:00 pm-7:30 pm
    Tipitina's Music Office Co-Op-Lafayette
    203 Jefferson Street
    337.534.0951


    What Is The Health Insurance Marketplace?
    Learn More at
    www.healthcare.gov
    and
    www.lachc.org


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    ZOL Article Longtime KCOH Owner Dies
    Posted by rsias on Tuesday, June 11, 2013 (19:00:00) (224 reads)

    Longtime KCOH Owner Dies

    Obituary


    January 12, 2012


    Michael Patrick Petrizzo
    September 26, 1922 - January 11, 2012

    Michael Patrick Petrizzo passed away peacefully at his home in Houston, Texas on Wednesday, January 11, 2012. Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, January 13, 2012 at Earthman Bellaire Funeral Home, 6700 Ferris, Bellaire, TX 77401.


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    ZOL Article Prudhomme Recognized For Zydeco, Creole Heritage
    Posted by ZLady on Thursday, June 06, 2013 (16:22:03) (295 reads)

    Prudhomme Recognized For Zydeco, Creole Heritage

    Willis Prudhomme To Recieve Creole Heritage
    Award on Sunday, June 9, 2013


    June 5, 2013

    by Herman Fusilier
    The Daily Advertiser


    Willis Prudhomme will receive the Richard J. Catalon
    Creole Heritage Award Sunday at Vermilionville.

    photo credit: David Simpson


    People often tell Willis Prudhomme, 81, that he looks 25 years younger than his actual age. The legendary zydeco musician attributes his enduring youth to a life without smoking or drinking and farm work for more than 70 years.

    But 25 years ago, Prudhomme suffered a heart attack, which brought him to his knees on the bandstand in Port Arthur, Texas. Prudhomme underwent open heart surgery and days later, went into cardiac arrest while recovering in the hospital.


    Creole Culture Day
    Sunday, June 9, 2013
    10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday
    Vermilionville, 300 Fisher Road, Lafayette, Louisiana
    Admission: Free
    Information: (337) 233-4077, bayouvermiliondistrict.org


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    ZOL World Watch Why USC and not a black college, Dr. Dre?
    Posted by ZLady on Saturday, June 01, 2013 (12:14:23) (703 reads)

    Why USC and not a black college, Dr. Dre?

    His huge gift to the school is commendable,
    but why couldn't it have gone to a needy black college?


    May 21, 2013

    By Walter M. Kimbrough
    Dillard University President




    Jimmy Iovine, the co-founder of Interscope Records, left, stands
    with partner hip-hop mogul Dr. Dre, as they announce a
    $70 million dollar donation to create the new "Jimmy Iovine
    and Andre Young Academy for Arts and Technology and Business Innovation"
    at the University of Southern California during a news conference at in Santa Monica.

    (photo credit: Damian Dovarganes)


    I was in Detroit preparing to give a speech last week when the news came across my Twitter feed: "Dr. Dre and music producer Jimmy Iovine donate $70 million to USC to create new degree." As one of the first university presidents from the hip-hop generation, I had to stop and read the story immediately.

    The two music moguls and co-founders of Beats Electronics — recognizing that they needed a new type of creative talent for their growing music technology business — are funding a four-year program that blends liberal arts, graphic and product design, business and technology.

    I understood their need to build a pool of skilled talent. But why at USC? Iovine's daughter is an alum, sure. And he just gave its commencement address. Andre Young — before he was Dr. Dre — grew up in nearby Compton, where he rose to fame as part of the rap group N.W.A. The Beats headquarters are on L.A.'s Westside.

    Still, what if Dre had given $35 million — his half of the USC gift and about 10% of his wealth, according to a Forbes estimate — to an institution that enrolls the very people who supported his career from the beginning? An institution where the majority of students are low-income? A place where $35 million would represent a truly transformational gift?

    Why didn't Dr. Dre give it to a black college?

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    Zydeco Trailrides Parish Will Review Trail Ride Ordinance
    Posted by ZLady on Tuesday, May 28, 2013 (04:00:00) (314 reads)

    Parish Will Review Trail Ride Ordinance

    Organizers Seek Assurance Outings Can
    Continue After Security Concerns Force Cancellation

    May 26, 2013

    by William Johnson
    The Daily World



    Dave Lemelle, Step -N-Strut Trail Ride organizer, asks questions of
    St. Landry Parish President Bill Fontenot during a special meeting
    called Friday to discuss trail rides in St. Landry Parish.

    Photo Credit: Freddie Herpin



    The Kountry Bunnies Trail Ride, originally scheduled for this weekend in Leonville, will be rescheduled.

    St. Landry Parish officials had pulled the ride’s permit Wednesday after State Police refused to allow the riders to use La. 31, which is the only way into or out of the Inseparable Federation Benevolent Society Lodge grounds, where the ride was set to take place.

    That refusal took both ride organizers and the parish by surprise. The parish’s current trail ride ordinance has been in place since 2011 and it’s the first of dozens of rides since to run into a problem.

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    Festival News Musicians Turn Up The Heat For Zydeco Extravaganza
    Posted by ZLady on Monday, May 27, 2013 (04:19:14) (269 reads)

    Musicians Turn Up The Heat For Zydeco Extravaganza

    27th Annual Zydeco Extravaganza Anchors Memorial Day Weekend!

    May 22, 2013

    by Herman Fuselier
    The Advertiser



    More than 5,000 fans annually attend
    Zydeco Extravaganza at Evangeline Downs in Opelousas.

    Photo Credit: David Simpson


    Leon Chavis’ zydeco career has taken him to England, Germany, France, the Netherlands and Haiti. Chavis is also a former trumpet player in the world-famous Southern University Jaguar Marching Band.

    But one of Chavis’ favorite musical memories is performing at Zydeco Extravaganza, a zydeco tradition held every Sunday before Memorial Day since 1987.

    “That event means a lot to me and the generation before me,” said Chavis, 31. “I remember being a kid watching it on TV. I feel like it’s a historical event, and I’m honored to be part of it.

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    Zydeco Trailrides Parish Wants Trail Rides Preserved
    Posted by rsias on Friday, May 24, 2013 (20:48:55) (277 reads)

    Parish Wants Trail Rides Preserved

    Trail Rides Can Continue But Not On State Roads, Officials Say

    May 24, 2013

    by William Johnson
    The Daily World


    For years, local trail ride groups
    have obtained permission from the DOTD.

    photo credit: Freddie Herpin


    Officials and trail ride sponsors will be meeting today in an effort to see what can be done to preserve the tradition.

    The meeting, which will include parish government officials and representatives of the St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office, was prompted by the parish pulling the permit for this weekend’s Country Bunnies Trail Ride based out of the IFBS Lodge on La. 31 in the Leonville area.

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    Zydeco Trailrides Trail ride Shut Down by St. Landry Parish Over Gang Violence Concerns
    Posted by ZLady on Thursday, May 23, 2013 (01:53:58) (509 reads)

    Trail ride Shut Down by St. Landry Parish Over Gang Violence Concerns

    St. Landry Sheriff Shuts Down Country Bunnie Riders Event Without Due Process!

    May 22, 2013

    By William Johnson



    Sheriff Bobby Guidroz and the St. Landry Parish Government
    cancelled the Country Bunnie Riders Event over Fears of a Brawl


    The Country Bunnie Riders trail ride, set for this weekend in Leonville, has been canceled by orders of St. Landry Parish government for fear of a brawl.

    That move could shut down trail rides in the parish entirely.

    The event was set to begin Friday evening at the IFBS Lodge on La. 31 just southeast of Opelousas with the party expected to continue through Saturday. The trail ride portion of the event was to be held Sunday.

    “It is not going to happen,” said Sheriff Bobby Guidroz. “If they show up, they will be in violation, and I will take appropriate action.”


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    Blues Report ZydecoOnline Remembers Big Joe Turner
    Posted by ZLady on Saturday, May 18, 2013 (16:51:25) (302 reads)

    ZydecoOnline Remembers Big Joe Turner

    “The Boss of the Blues” Celebrates 102nd Anniversary Of His Birth

    May 18, 2013

    by Rod Sias
    www.ZydecoOnline.com


    Joseph Vernon Turner Jr
    "Big Joe Turner"
    "The Boss Of The Blues"
    Rock & Roll Pioneer
    May 18, 1911 – November 24, 1985

    Joseph Vernon Turner Jr., known to the Zydeco, Southern Soul, and Blues Nation as “Big Joe Turner” and “The Boss of the Blues” was born on Thursday, May 18, 1911 in Kansas City, Missouri. He was given the name "Big Joe Turner" due to his 6'2", 300+ lbs stature.

    Big Joe Turner was known as a prolific "blues shouter" (a blues-music singer capable of singing unamplified with a band) and is credited with and recognized as the first person to transform the “Blues” into a new musical genre called “Rock & Roll.” His signature songs “Shake, Rattle and Roll,” “Flip, Flop and Fly” and “Corrine, Corrina,” became the foundations in which Rock & Roll was built. As Muddy Waters eloquently sang in his anthemic song, “The Blues Had a Baby and They Named It Rock and Roll.”


    "Big Joe Turner"
    "The Boss Of The Blues"
    "Shake Rattle and Roll"



    "Big Joe Turner"
    "The Boss Of The Blues"
    "Corrina, Corrina"




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    Festival News 27th Annual Long Beach Bayou and Blues Festival
    Posted by ZLady on Friday, May 17, 2013 (16:31:44) (1023 reads)

    27th Annual Long Beach Bayou and Blues Festival

    Zydeco and Blues Music Bring Hot Down Home Spice
    and Family Fun To the West Coast!


    May 14, 2013
    by Rod Sias


    Zydeco and Blues Nation!!!
    The West Coast's Premier Zydeco And Blues Party Is Back
    Bringing 2 Steppin' Summer Fun!





    The 27th Annual Long Beach Bayou and Blues Festival
    is bringing Family Fun, Zydeco & Blues to
    Rainbow Lagoon Park in Long Beach, California!!!

    June 22, 2013 & June 23, 2013

    15 Zydeco & Blues Bands - Zydeco Dance Lessons - Cajun & Creole Food - Cold Beverages
    New Orleans Traditional Jazz band & LALA Second Line Dancers - Kid's Corner
    Crawfish Eating Contest - and More!!!







    Long Beach Bayou And Blues Festival
    June 22, 2013 & June 23, 2013
    Rainbow Lagoon Park in Long Beach, California
    www.longbeachbayoufest.com

    Advanced Tickets & VIP Packages Available!
    or call
    (310) 217-4196



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    THE LONG BEACH BAYOU AND BLUES
    FESTIVAL SCHEDULE


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    Blues Report Irma Thomas Gets Love At 30th Mother’s Day Concert
    Posted by ZLady on Tuesday, May 14, 2013 (13:37:55) (321 reads)

    Irma Thomas Gets Love At 30th Mother’s Day Concert

    Soul Queen of New Orleans Entertains Enthusiastic Crowd!

    May 13, 2013

    bY Karen Baker



    Irma Thomas performs for the 30th year in a row
    performance at the Audubon Zoo for Mother's Day in New Orleans.

    Photo Credit: Matthew Hinton


    Irma Thomas, the Soul Queen of New Orleans, reigned over an enthusiastic crowd Sunday when she took to the stage for the 30th anniversary of Mother’s Day at the Audubon Zoo.

    Before Thomas performed, she was presented with 30 pink roses in honor of the years she has entertained for Mother’s Day at the zoo. She was also given two oversized Mother’s Day cards signed by fans earlier in the afternoon.

    “We cannot express in words what you mean to us,” said Chimene Grant, vice president of marketing for the Audubon Nature Institute.

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    ZOL Article Despite objections, FCC approves KCOH license transfer
    Posted by rsias on Sunday, May 12, 2013 (19:00:00) (223 reads)

    Despite objections, FCC approves KCOH license transfer

    February 7, 2013

    By David Barron



    The Federal Communications Commission has approved the license transfer of KCOH (1430 AM) to the Midland-based La Promesa Foundation, clearing the way for the new owners to launch their Catholic-oriented Guadalupe Radio Network on the frequency.

    The license transfer was approved Wednesday despite informal objections filed with the FCC's audio division by Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, and the Rev. Jesse Jackson. Both expressed concerns about the "potential disappearance of KCOH's existing format" and about media ownership diversity, said the audio division's chief, Peter Doyle, in a letter to attorneys concerning the license transfer.


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    ZOL Article KCOH (1430 AM) sold, will flip to religious format in February
    Posted by rsias on Wednesday, May 08, 2013 (19:00:00) (204 reads)

    KCOH (1430 AM) sold, will flip to religious format in February

    Texas' Oldest African-American-owned
    Radio Station sold to Guadalupe Radio Network



    November 13, 2012

    by David Barron



    KCOH (1430 AM), which bills itself as the state’s oldest African-American-owned, urban-formatted radio station, has been sold for $2.1 million to a Midland-based foundation that will re-launch it next year as part of the Catholic-oriented Guadalupe Radio Network, two longtime station employees said Tuesday.

    The format change means longtime talk show hosts Michael Harris, Ralph Cooper, Don Samuel, Wash Allen and others will no longer appear on the station.


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    Festival News T-Broussard & the Zydeco Steppers Headline Texas Festival
    Posted by ZLady on Saturday, May 11, 2013 (13:43:35) (438 reads)

    T-Broussard & the Zydeco Steppers Headline Texas Festival

    Downtown Wichita Falls Festival
    Saturday, May 11, 2013!


    May 10, 2013

    by Richard Carter


    Bryant T. Broussard comes from a family steeped in
    Cajun and zydeco traditions. He and his band,
    T-Broussard and the Zydeco Steppers, will headline
    Cajun Fest Saturday in downtown Wichita Falls.


    Zydeco is dancing music, not sit-down music, said Bryant T. Broussard, leader of T-Broussard & the Zydeco Steppers.

    “Even if you don’t know how to zydeco (dance), you’re still going to jump up there and pat your feet and bob your head, because it’s that kind of music,” said Broussard.

    His five-piece, Louisiana-based zydeco band will headline from 7-9 p.m. Saturday at the Downtown Cajun Festival.

    T-Broussard & the Zydeco Steppers
    Saturday, May 11, 2013
    Downtown Wichita Falls Festival
    (Downtown Farmers Market, Eighth and Ohio)
    On Stage from 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    Admission: $5 in advance and $10 at the gate; free for children 12 younger
    Information: (940) 322-4525




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    Creole Health Learn More and Get Prepared For New Health Care Law in 2014
    Posted by ZLady on Wednesday, May 08, 2013 (15:00:55) (571 reads)

    Learn More and Get Prepared For New Health Care Law in 2014

    Enrollment in the Marketplace starts in October 2013!

    May 8, 2013

    by Moriba Karamoko
    Louisiana Consumer Healthcare Coalition
    www.lachc.org



    Marketplace Enrollment for Health Insurance Begins on October 1, 2013!
    Protect Your Family's Health by Getting Affordable and Quality Health Insurance!


    When key parts of the health care law take effect in 2014, there will be a new way for individuals, families and small businesses to get health insurance. This will have a profound and positive impact on everyone in the Zydeco, Southern Soul, and Blues Nation!

    Whether you’re uninsured, or just want to explore new options, the Marketplace will give you more choice and control over your health insurance options
    .


    What Is The Health Insurance Marketplace?
    Learn More at
    www.healthcare.gov
    and
    www.lachc.org


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    Festival News Thierry Brings Zydeco Magic to Crawfish Festival
    Posted by ZLady on Friday, May 03, 2013 (14:06:09) (245 reads)

    Thierry Brings Zydeco Magic to Crawfish Festival

    Andre Thierry & Zydeco Magic Perform at 2013 Breaux Bridge
    Crawfish Festival!


    May 1, 2013

    by Herman Fuselier


    Andre Thierry and Zydeco Magic
    11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Saturday
    Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival
    www.AndreThierry.com



    I’m disappointed and excited that Andre Thierry is performing this weekend at the Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival. The disappointment is Thierry plays so early – 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Saturday on the Crawfish Stage. Some party people are just rolling out of bed at that time.

    Yet I’m excited that many here in south Louisiana, ground zero for zydeco, will finally get to see one of the genre’s most dynamic musicians. Thierry, 33, lives in Richmond, Calif., and rarely gets to play in Louisiana, the homeland of his parents and grandparents.

    But he’s keeping zydeco fans and Creole communities in California and beyond well entertained.

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    Festival News Lil' Nathan & the Zydeco Big Timers Draw Large Crowd!
    Posted by ZLady on Monday, April 29, 2013 (14:18:08) (322 reads)

    Lil' Nathan & the Zydeco Big Timers Draw Large Crowd!

    Festival International Ends On High Note!

    April 29, 2013

    by Megan Wyatt and Dominick Cross



    Lil' Nathan and the Zydeco Big Timers
    performed on the Fais Do Do Stage
    at the 2013 Festival International de Louisiane!


    www.NathanWilliamsJr.com

    The excitement built on the final day of Festival International de Louisiane on Sunday as the weather held and gave way to a groundswell of music lovers who stayed until the last note was played.

    At Lil’ Nathan & the Zydeco Big Timers, about 5:30 p.m. at Scene Lafayette General Fais Do Do, a crowd stretched down Jefferson Street past Main Street. Many still managed to find room to dance — in the streets, on the sidewalks or in the grass.


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    ZOL Article Queen of Zydeco Honored At Homecoming Concert
    Posted by ZLady on Monday, April 29, 2013 (14:00:55) (288 reads)

    Queen of Zydeco Honored At Homecoming Concert

    Zydeco Nation's First Lady, Queen Ida Inducted into
    The Louisiana Music Hall of Fame!


    By Lee Peck



    Ida Guillory, known the the Zydeco Nation and the World
    as "Queen Ida" was the first Zydeco/Creole Musician to win \
    a Grammy and was recently inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame.


    A Zydeco legend brought down the house this weekend at the Lake Charles Central School.

    Lake Charles native Ida Guillory, 84, is hailed as the irrefutable Queen of Zydeco music.


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    Blues Festivals Lil’ Buck Sinegal: Jazz Fest Focus
    Posted by ZLady on Monday, April 29, 2013 (13:36:01) (334 reads)

    Lil’ Buck Sinegal: Jazz Fest Focus

    Gentle Giant of Blues Plays From The Heart

    May 1, 2013

    By Herman Fuselier



    Paul "Lil' Buck" Sinegal
    Photo Credit: Skip Bolen.


    Allen Toussaint called Paul “Lil’ Buck” Sinegal the “Gentle Giant of Guitar.” But get him reminiscing about his 50 years in music and the laid-back Lil Buck often leaps to his feet, hands moving, arms flailing and his tongue flip-flopping between English and Creole French.

    “When Big Joe Turner walked onstage, that man was huge,” says Sinegal, 66, a lifelong resident of Lafayette. “When he did ‘Shake Rattle and Roll,’ the stage was doing the same thing.”

    Paul "Lil Buck" Sinegal Interview
    with the "Zydeco Lady" Lola Love


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    Blues Report Lil Buck Sinegal: A Louisiana treasure, on display at New Orleans Jazz Fest
    Posted by ZLady on Monday, April 29, 2013 (13:19:58) (357 reads)

    Lil Buck Sinegal: A Louisiana treasure, on display at New Orleans Jazz Fest

    Lil' Buck Sinegal Keeps the Blues Tradition Strong!

    April 29, 2013

    By Alison Fensterstock



    Paul "Lil Buck" Sinegal

    Saturday morning (and early afternoon) at New Orleans Jazz Fest, the Blues Tent offered a triple threat of ace sidemen, from the back pages of Louisiana rock 'n'roll. Classie Ballou, who played guitar for Boozoo Chavis, Roscoe Gordon and Big Joe Turner, among others, opened the day with his family band. Herbert Hardesty, Fats Domino's longtime sax man (who, in 2012, released his first solo album) followed.

    At 1:30 p.m., it was guitarist Lil Buck Sinegal's turn, leading a big R&B band with a horn section, keyboards and daughter Sherelle on rub board and percussion. Some local music fans may recall Buck as the anchor of the annual Ponderosa Stomp concerts, leading the house band for stretches of many hours at a time as they backed headliners. Those marathon shows were nothing to the septuagenarian guitar slinger, who spent many years on the road as the secret weapon in the band of zydeco king Clifton Chenier, a famously tough taskmaster; he's also played with Henry Gray, Buckwheat Zydeco, and others, and honed his skill as a session man on dozens of sides for the Excello label.

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    Festival News Jazz Fest 2013 Focus: Queen Ida
    Posted by ZLady on Friday, April 26, 2013 (15:54:09) (636 reads)

    Jazz Fest 2013 Focus: Queen Ida

    The Zydeco Nation's First Lady Returns Home!

    May 1, 2013


    by Herman Fuselier


    Queen Ida
    joins
    Terrance Simien and the Zydeco Experience
    at Jazz Fest on
    April 26 2013 at
    6:00pm on the Jazz & Heritage Stage!

    (photo: Jef Jaisun)


    It’s a tough task to excite a musician who’s performed in 45 countries, appeared in movies and shared the stage and studio with Paul Simon, Robert Palmer and other stars. Yet Terrance Simien is almost giddy when talking about Queen Ida, an artist who draws a shrug from today’s zydeco fans.

    Queen Ida, 84, retired in 2010 and hasn’t played in Louisiana in more than 25 years. But in 1982, she became the first zydeco artist to win a Grammy. She toured internationally when zydeco was rarely heard outside southwest Louisiana and Creole enclaves in southeast Texas and California.

    “Just think about it, she was on Saturday Night Live,” said Simien.

    Queen Ida Performs with Terrance Simien
    at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival
    on
    April 26 2013 at 6:00pm
    on the Jazz & Heritage Stage!


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    Festival News Horace Trahan at Opelousas Music and Market!
    Posted by ZLady on Friday, April 26, 2013 (12:14:23) (255 reads)

    Horace Trahan at Opelousas Music and Market!

    Music and Market On The Move!
    Free concert series will feature Horace Trahan & the Ossun Express Tonight!



    April 26, 2013

    by William Johnson


    Horace Trahan will perform at Music and Market
    tonight (Friday, April 26, 2013) in downtown
    Opelousas, Louisiana at the Courthouse Square!
    Music starts at 6:00pm!

    www.HoraceTrahan.com


    Music and Market will be taking its show on the road tonight.

    The free concert series, which will feature the music of Horace Trahan & the Ossun Express tonight, will be held under the oaks on Courthouse Square in downtown Opelousas.

    “We try to do this a couple of times a year,” said Melanie Lebouef with the Opelousas Tourism Office, which hosts the weekly series.

    “It is all about showing off our cultural assets,” said Lebouef, who said people can picnic under the live oaks, admire the dozens of fiddles on display around the courthouse and visit the murals on Landry Street.

    Although the event is moving from its usual home at the Farmers Market Pavilion in Le Vieux Village, she said it will have all the usual features, including a farmers market with fresh garden produce direct from local farmers.

    The farmers market, complete with free samples of dishes prepared from this week’s featured vegetable, will begin at 5:30 p.m.

    The music portion of the evening will begin at 6 p.m. and continue until 8:30 p.m.


    Same Knife Cut The Sheep Cut The Goat "Official Music Video"
    Horace Trahan & the Ossun Express
    Tonight, Downtown, Opelousas, Louisiana!
    Music Starts @ 6:00pm!



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    ZOL Article Wash Allen leaves KCOH
    Posted by rsias on Thursday, April 25, 2013 (19:15:00) (530 reads)

    Wash Allen Leaves KCOH

    Wash Allen leaves KCOH, new program schedule begins Monday

    Originally Printed
    January 31, 2013

    by David Barron


    Longtime KCOH radio DJ, Wash Allen, talks with call in guests,
    Thursday, January 31, 2013 during his final radio show at KCOH,
    in Houston, Texas.
    (Photo Credit: Todd Spoth)
    www.WashAllenFoundation.org


    KCOH (1430 AM) listeners said goodbye Thursday to veteran midday host Wash Allen and will part ways with another long-running show today as the station enters its final weeks at the 1430 AM frequency.

    Allen, whose “Confessions” show had aired on KCOH since 1971, elected not to make the move with his colleagues to 1230 AM on March 1 and hosted his final show Thursday.

    The “Gospel Melody Time” morning show will end after today as KCOH begins a new program schedule Monday, said midday host Michael Harris.

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    ZOL Article Sale of KCOH Closes Chapter Of Houston Broadcasting History
    Posted by rsias on Friday, April 12, 2013 (18:00:00) (287 reads)

    Sale of KCOH Closes Chapter on Houston Broadcasting History

    Texas' Oldest African America Radio Station Sold!


    Originally Printed
    November 14, 2012

    by J.R. Gonzales



    KCOH studio at Almeda and Wichita, 1963. (Post file)

    It’s turning out to be a sour week for those who follow Houston history. First came news that the Ben Milam Hotel across from Minute Maid Park would be imploded next month to make way for an upscale apartment complex.

    Now comes word that KCOH (1430 AM) has been sold and will relaunch next year as part of the Guadalupe Radio Network, a Catholic-oriented broadcast outfit.

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    Festival News Lil Nate's Festival International de Louisiane TV Commercial
    Posted by ZLady on Tuesday, April 16, 2013 (13:54:49) (792 reads)

    Lil Nate's Festival International de Louisiane TV Commercial

    Lil Nate & the Zydeco Big Timers Headline
    Festival International de Louisiane' Fais Do Do Stage!




    Lil' Nathan and the Zydeco Big Timers
    will perform on the Fais Do Do Stage
    at the 2013 Festival International de Louisiane!

    Sunday, April 28, 2013 @ 5:15pm!!!

    www.NathanWilliamsJr.com

    www.ZydecoOnline.com
    Uniting the Zydeco Nation!


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    ZOL World Watch 10 Cesar Chavez quotes:
    Posted by rsias on Sunday, March 31, 2013 (19:00:00) (314 reads)

    10 Cesar Chavez quotes:

    The man he was and the legacy that lives on!

    March 31, 2013

    by Adrian Carrasquillo

    Cesar Chavez
    March 31,1927 - April 23, 1993
    Cesar Chavez was an American farm worker, labor leader
    and civil rights activist, who, with Dolores Huerta, co-founded
    the National Farm Workers Association.


    Cesar Chavez would have been 86 years old today and in recent years, he has emerged as an icon for the immigration reform movement. But before that, he was a farm worker, labor leader and civil rights activist. Google recognized his significance by featuring him on their homepage, something they only do on major occasions.



    Cesar Chavez during a visit to Dartmouth College in
    Hanover, N.H. Chavez died April 23, 1993. (Geoff Hansen/Getty)

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    ZOL Article Classie Ballou: Boozoo’s Bottom
    Posted by rsias on Wednesday, March 27, 2013 (05:00:00) (435 reads)

    Classie Ballou: Boozoo’s Bottom

    Zydeco & Blues Bass Guitarist A Living Legend

    Reprint from October 1, 2011

    Interview by D'Jalma Garnier and Todd Mouton


    Classie Ballou, Jr. Photo by Philip Gould.

    In the world of zydeco, the accordionists and front men are the names in lights. But like R&B and funk, in zydeco the bass players are living legends. Classie Ballou, Jr. brought the bottom end of zydeco out of the late ’50s and early ’60s into a new standard.

    Before his long, infamous tenure with Boozoo Chavis and the Magic Sounds, Ballou played with WAR and Archie Bell and the Drells. He continues today with Jeffery Broussard and the Creole Cowboys and many other bands. He was interviewed at Louisiana Folk Roots’ annual Dewey Balfa Cajun and Creole Heritage Week at Chicot State Park by Todd Mouton and D’Jalma Garnier, who will join Ballou and Broussard onstage for a similar “words and music” workshop at 2 p.m. Sunday, October 16 as part of Festivals Acadiens et Cre´oles in Lafayette’s Girard Park.


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    ZOL World Watch Car Wreck Kills Eunice Community Activist
    Posted by rsias on Tuesday, March 12, 2013 (17:00:00) (743 reads)

    Car Wreck Kills Eunice Community Activist


    Local Pioneer/Educator George Fisher Dies in Head-On Collision

    March 11, 2013

    by William Johnson

    George Fisher
    (Educator, Entreprenuer, Civil Rights Activist, DJ)
    Voice of The People!
    1950 - March 10, 2013



    A three-vehicle accident Sunday evening in Iberia Parish has claimed the life of George Fisher of Eunice.

    Fisher, 63, was known as a longtime community activist and head of Blackman Seven, a local civil rights watchdog group.

    Fisher, who was also active with the National Action Network, has been a regular in local politics for decades, protesting everything from alleged police brutality to what he saw as illegal or improper acts by mayors, police chiefs, school board members and officials throughout the region.


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    ZOL World Watch Local Poineer George Fisher Killed
    Posted by rsias on Tuesday, March 12, 2013 (16:00:00) (509 reads)

    Local Poineer George Fisher Killed

    Educator, Civil Rights Activist, DJ killed in head-on collision

    March 11, 2013

    George Fisher
    (Educator, Entreprenuer, Civil Rights Activist, DJ)
    1950 - March 10, 2013

    Eunice retired educator and civil rights activist George Fisher was killed Sunday night when his vehicle was hit head-on by a pickup truck driven by an unlicensed and suspected impaired driver on La. 95 north of I-10. He was 63.

    Fisher retired in 2012 after 40 years in public education. His last assignment was facilitator at the Eunice Alternative School.

    Fisher received the 2009 Martin Luther King Award presented annually by the city’s MLK Celebration Committee.

    He was founder and president of Black Man Seven, a community group active in many civil rights issues and cases. He also owned a nightclub.

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