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Fernest Arceneaux, lead accordionist for Fernest and the Thunders, was born on August 27, 1940 to a large sharecropping family based in Lafayette, Louisiana. He learned to play an accordion owned by his brother-in-law by under the watchful eye of his father, a local Creole musician. Fernest polished his craft by backing up his father's band at local house parties. Known in the Zydeco Nation as "The New Prince of Accordion", Fernest Arceneaux was known for his intense and creative accordion rifts. Fernest Arceneaux was torch-bearer for the classic zydeco traditions personified by the King of modern Zydeco Music, Clifton Chenier and promoted Creole and Zydeco music and heritage throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia.

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    ZOL Article ZydecoOnline is on Twitter
    Posted by ZLady on Monday, September 21, 2009 (19:29:42) (2268 reads)




    ZydecoOnline is on Twitter



    Watch out Zydeco, Southern Soul, & Blues Nation!
    ZydecoOnline is now on Twitter!!!
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    September 21, 2009
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    ZOL Article Lafayette Night at Apollo Theater fuses cultures, ideas
    Posted by rsias on Friday, November 08, 2013 (16:00:00) (448 reads)

    Lafayette Night at Apollo Theater Fuses Cultures, Ideas

    Nathan and the Zydeco Cha Chas Play at the Reception!

    Oct. 26, 2013

    by Herman Fuselier


    A private reception focused on Lafayette was
    held at the Apollo's Sound Café with music
    by Nathan and the Zydeco Cha Chas.

    Herman Fuselier, The Advertiser

    Lafayette Night at the Apollo Theater Saturday was mostly about good music and good food just like all parties here in Lafayette. However, there was some business mixed in among the fun.

    An entourage of at least 20 officials, arts supporters and others from Lafayette attended the final night of “James Brown: Get on the Good Foot,” a dance tribute to the Godfather of Soul at the Apollo Theater.

    The show, which launched Oct. 17 at Lafayette’s Heymann Performing Arts Center, opened at the Apollo on Tuesday.

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    ZOL Article Keith Frank's Birthday Blowout!
    Posted by rsias on Wednesday, October 09, 2013 (12:07:49) (716 reads)

    Keith Frank's Birthday Blowout!

    Zydeco Boss Celebrates Big Birthday
    Weekend at Club ICU & Cowboy's!


    October 8, 2013

    by Rod Sias
    www.ZydecoOnline.com


    Zydeco Nation!!!
    Keith Frank's Big Birthday Blowout
    is back this year with a DOUBLE SHOT of
    Keith Frank & the Soileau Zydeco Band
    in Texas and Louisiana!




    Saturday, October 12, 2013
    Keith Frank & the Soileau Zydeco Band
    @
    Club ICU
    9541 Mesa Drive
    Houston, Texas
    Birthday Blowout Starts @ 10:00pm!!!









    Sunday, October 13, 2013
    Keith Frank & the Soileau Zydeco Band
    (For the 1st Time Ever!!!)
    @
    Cowboy's
    211 N. Ambassador Caffery Pkwy
    Scott, Louisiana
    Birthday Blowout Starts @ 6:00pm!!!




    One Zydeco Boss Birthday Weekend!
    Two Zydeco Boss Events!!!





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    ZOL Article Opelousas Music and Market Kicks off Fall Season!
    Posted by rsias on Tuesday, September 24, 2013 (14:44:46) (573 reads)

    Opelousas Music and Market Kicks off Fall Season!

    Grammy Winner Chubby Carrier & the Bayou Swamp Band
    Friday, September 27, 2013 in downtown Opelousas, Louisiana!


    September 24, 2013

    by Melanie Lee-Lebouef
    City of Opelousas Tourism



    Music & Market in Opelousas continues September 27th with the sounds of Grammy award winning Chubby Carrier & the Bayou Swamp Band. The free concert series takes place from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the historic Courthouse Square, with music beginning at 6:00 p.m.

    Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band serve up the zydeco gumbo. Mixing the traditional accordion and washboard farmhouse porch boogie of the Cajun prairie with dashes of 70s funk, the spices of classic R&B, and refreshing, swampy twists on classic songs as only authentic Louisiana ambassadors can do.

    Friday, September 27, 2013
    Chubby Carrier & the Bayou Swamp Band
    Opelousas Courthouse Square


    Zydeco Junkie - Chubby Carrier
    [Official Music Video]
    www.ChubbyCarrier.com
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    ZOL Article Club Malibu Presents Louisiana Rap
    Posted by rsias on Wednesday, September 18, 2013 (06:26:16) (654 reads)

    Club Malibu Presents Louisiana Rap!

    Louisiana Rappers Level & Zig Zag on the Mic
    in Opelousas, Saturday, September 21, 2013!


    Real Down South Louisiana Rap
    Comes to Club Malibu!!!




    Live Concert featuring

    Level
    (doing the Level Rock!!!)

    Zig Zag
    (Major Swang - Fresh Of Da Block!!!)

    Vinny V
    (on da 1s & 2s)




    Louisiana Rap!!!
    Featuring
    Level, Zig Zag, & Vinny V
    Saturday, September 21, 2013
    @ Club Malibu - Opelousas, Louisiana





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    ZOL Article Downtown Labor Day Food Drive
    Posted by rsias on Thursday, September 05, 2013 (16:58:46) (296 reads)

    Downtown Labor Day Food Drive

    J Paul Jr & Lil Nate Perform At Worthy Cause
    On Labor Day Weekend


    August 30, 2013

    by Rod Sias
    www.ZydecoOnline.com

    While many in the Zydeco Nation will be enjoying the company of family and friends, good food, and lot's of Creole and Zydeco Music this Labor Day weekend, we should never forget that many people in the Zydeco Nation are suffering from lack of basic human rights and food insecurity. The sad truth and harsh reality is that food insecurity affects children and the elderly at shockingly disproportionate rates and occurs year round.

    Zydeco Musicians J. Paul Jr & the Zydeco Nubreeds and Lil' Nate & the Zydeco Big Timers are lending their talent this Labor Day weekend to shine light on the Downtown Labor Day Food Drive on Monday, September 2, 2013 in Lafayette, Louisiana.




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    ZOL Article Labor Day Weekend Bursting With Zydeco Music Events
    Posted by rsias on Thursday, September 05, 2013 (16:33:20) (312 reads)

    Labor Day Weekend Bursting With Zydeco Music Events

    Heart of the Zydeco Nation Beats Strong on Labor Day!

    August 29, 2013

    by Herman Fuselier
    The Times Of Acadiana


    The crowd dances to the beat at the 2010
    Original Southwest Louisiana Zydeco Music Festival in
    Plaisance, Louisiana. The festival marks its 31st year Saturday.

    (photo credit: David Simpson)


    Back in the early 1980s, the Treasures of Opelousas must have known they had a diamond in the rough. The Treasures, a grass-roots organization affiliated with Holy Ghost Catholic Church in Opelousas, the nation’s largest black Catholic congregation, was concerned that the hometown zydeco music was dying.

    They organized an event that the world had never seen — a zydeco festival. Their first event, the Original Southwest Louisiana Zydeco Music Festival, drew 400 people to a soybean field in the St. Landry Parish hamlet of Plaisance.

    More than 4,000 showed up the following year. As many as 10,000 have attended the Plaisance event, which is now imitated at zydeco festivals stretching from Connecticut to California, on into England and France.

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    ZOL Article Obituary-John Warren Prejean, Sr
    Posted by rsias on Tuesday, August 27, 2013 (14:53:25) (1123 reads)

    Obituary-John Warren Prejean, Sr

    Elder Zydeco Statesman's Funeral to
    be Held on August 10, 201
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    August 8, 2013

    John Warren Prejean, Sr
    Creole Elder & Zydeco Statesman
    (August 28, 1948 - August 3, 2013)
    REST IN PEACE
    THANK YOU FOR KEEPING THE ZYDECO & BLUES NATION
    AND OUR CREOLE CULTURE PROUD AND STRONG!!!


    Funeral services will be held Saturday, August 10, 2013 at 1:30 pm at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church for John Warren Prejean, Sr. 64, who passed away, Saturday, August 3, 2013 at Lafayette General Medical Center. Fr. Hampton Davis, III will be the Celebrant of the Mass. Interment will be at St. Martin de Porres Cemetery.

    A native of Lafayette, La, he was a retired truck driver for many years and also a
    legendary Zydeco and Rythym and Blues artist. He traveled all over the world promoting Zydeco and the Creole Culture with his band,

    Creole Zydeco Farmers. He was famous for his hit Chank-a-Chank Man.


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    ZOL Article Zydeco Musician John Warren Prejean, Sr., Dies At 64
    Posted by rsias on Tuesday, August 27, 2013 (14:11:00) (329 reads)

    Zydeco Musician John Warren Prejean, Sr., Dies At 64

    Accordionist for the Creole Zydeco Farmers was a
    Mainstay in the Zydeco Nation


    August 7, 2013

    by Ian Auzenne
    KATC News


    John Warren Prejean, Sr. Passed Away
    on Saturday, August 3, 2013 in
    Lafayette, Louisiana at the age of 64.



    The zydeco music community is mourning the loss of one of its own.

    John Warren Prejean, Sr., died last Saturday, August 3, 2013. He was 64.

    Prejean fronted a number of local bands and also worked as a sideman for singer Little Bob and trumpeter Warren Caesar.

    Most recently, Prejean was an accordionist and lead singer for the Creole Zydeco Farmers.


    Creole Zydeco Farmers (feat. John Warren Prejean, Sr. on accordion)


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    ZOL Article 2013 Zydeco School Supply Drive
    Posted by rsias on Tuesday, July 23, 2013 (11:12:21) (807 reads)

    2013 Zydeco School Supply Drive

    Wayne & Same Ol' 2 Step Organize
    School Supply Drive to Help The Children
    In the Zydeco Nation!


    July 23, 2013

    by Lola Love
    www.ZydecoOnline.com


    The Zydeco Nation and Zydeco Musicians have a long history of supporting and lending a helping hand to those in need and the most vulnerable in our community.

    Please join Wayne & Same Ol’ 2 Step, Horace Trahan, Leroy Thomas, DJ Top Dog in partnership with The Zydeco Historical & Preservation Society, ZydecoOnline.com, The United Way, and other local businesses for the 1st Annual Zydeco School Supply Drive.


    The Zydeco School Supply Drive is the brainchild of Wayne Singleton, lead singer of the Same Ol' 2 Step Zydeco Band who saw first hand from his experience as a school bus driver children who went to school without school supplies because their parents could not afford basic school supplies.

    "When you are poor, you have to make real choices of whether to keep the heat on or buy food. There are many parents who are having a difficult time making ends meet and it's our children who suffer. The Zydeco School Supply Drive is our way of easing the heavy burden and pressure and giving our children a positive start in the school year." Wayne Singleton (lead singer of Same Ol' 2 Step Band)



    Zydeco School Supply Drive
    When: Friday, August 2nd, 2013
    Time: 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    Location: Opelousas Farmer’s Market
    (at the Corner of Vine & Landry Street in Opelousas, Louisiana)
    Admission: FREE
    ***please bring wrapped school supplies as a donation***


    All school supplies will be donated to The United Way of St. Landry Evangeline Parish's "Stuff the Bus" campaign (and distributed to local schools for kids in need).










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    ZOL Article KCOH Radio moving to 1230 AM
    Posted by rsias on Monday, June 17, 2013 (19:00:00) (465 reads)

    KCOH Radio moving to 1230 AM

    December 14, 2012

    By Cindy George
    The Houston Advocate



    White exterior trimmed in blue, stripe canopy.
    The KCOH building has 7,000 square feet of space
    on an 11,000 square foot site.



    KCOH, now at 1430 AM, will move down on the dial, but its legacy as the voice of Houston's black community will endure.

    Tom Petrizzo, majority owner of the station, announced the change on air Friday. The station's sale to a Catholic foundation remains in process, he said, and KCOH will bounce to 1230 AM under a lease agreement.

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    ZOL Article Longtime KCOH Owner Dies
    Posted by rsias on Tuesday, June 11, 2013 (19:00:00) (244 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) (319 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 Article Despite objections, FCC approves KCOH license transfer
    Posted by rsias on Sunday, May 12, 2013 (19:00:00) (244 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) (219 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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    ZOL Article Queen of Zydeco Honored At Homecoming Concert
    Posted by ZLady on Monday, April 29, 2013 (14:00:55) (297 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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    ZOL Article Wash Allen leaves KCOH
    Posted by rsias on Thursday, April 25, 2013 (19:15:00) (569 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) (305 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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    ZOL Article Classie Ballou: Boozoo’s Bottom
    Posted by rsias on Wednesday, March 27, 2013 (05:00:00) (454 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 Article Leader of Buckwheat Zydeco to Undergo Cancer Treatment
    Posted by rsias on Sunday, January 13, 2013 (05:33:15) (555 reads)

    Leader of Buckwheat Zydeco to Undergo Cancer Treatment

    Zydeco Nation's Elder Statesman In Our Prayers!


    January 8, 2013

    by Matthew Sigur



    Grammy Award-winner and zydeco legend Stanley "Buckwheat" Dural Jr. is postponing upcoming concert dates while he undergoes treatment for early-stage cancer on his left lung and a vocal cord.

    According to a press release from Alligator Records, Dural, who lives in Carencro, will begin treatment immediately. Doctors expect a full recovery, and Dural said he expects to return to the road this summer.

    "I feel fine," Dural said, according to the release. "I'll beat this and be back on the road soon, and you can take that to your best bank."

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    ZOL Article 'Whip Them Potz!!!'
    Posted by rsias on Wednesday, November 14, 2012 (21:00:00) (378 reads)

    'Whip Them Potz!!!'

    John "Snuggles" Anderson becoming a master of Zydeco and Food!

    November 14, 2012

    by Herman Fusilier


    John "Snuggles" Anderson, known as the "Zydeco Chef"
    provides 3 full meals a day for offshore crews.


    Love to eat? Work on an offshore oil rig and your stomach may think it's gone to buffet heaven.

    Workers on John "Snuggles" Anderson's rig get all-you-can-eat choices of seafood, steak and fried chicken — and that's just on the weekends. During the week, they feast on barbecue chicken, pork and sausage, even a junk food day of pizza, po'boys, hot dogs, burgers, fries and more.

    Because Anderson's also a zydeco musician, workers may even get a two-step with their gumbo.

    "I'm working on a cookbook called 'Zydeco Cooking,'" said Anderson, 26, of Sunset. "It'll have some of my offshore recipes with zydeco names, like 2-Stepping Roux, Same Ol' 2-Stepping Gumbo, Ya U Rite Gumbo, Trail Ride Peach Cobbler and Round-Up Chocolate Cookies.

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    ZOL Article Zydeco Food Drive Still Helping Families
    Posted by rsias on Thursday, November 08, 2012 (21:35:00) (385 reads)

    Zydeco Food Drive Still Helping Families

    Needy Families Served for Over 25 years!

    November 8, 2012

    by Herman Fusilier


    26th Annual Zydeco Food Drive
    Wednesday & Thrusday @7;30pm
    Club 903
    903 Simcoe St
    Lafayette, Louisiana


    Don "Apollo" Wilson estimates that in its 25 years, the Thanksgiving Zydeco Food Drive has touched at least 200,000 lives. The annual event combines music with canned goods and monetary donations to distribute Thanksgiving food baskets to local families.

    Each year, Wilson spends months organizing the drive, a task he's been doing for a quarter of century. But Wilson said he's not tired yet.

    "It's just great to be able to do this for another year — only by the grace of God," said Wilson. "We've been blessed to do this.

    "We're hoping this year is one of the biggest ever. Last year was the first time we did it for two nights. This year, it's going to be off the chain. We're calling it 'Fire on the Bayou'."

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    ZOL Article Zydeco Force's Shelton Broussard More Than Just Yells
    Posted by rsias on Wednesday, November 14, 2012 (20:00:00) (625 reads)

    Zydeco Force's Shelton Broussard More Than Just Yells

    Funeral for Zydeco Force pioneer on Saturday, November 17, 2012

    November 14, 2012

    by Herman Fusilier


    Funeral for Shelton Broussard
    Saturday, November 17, 2012 @ 11:00 am
    St. Ann's Church in Mallet, Louisiana
    (1963 - November 6, 2012)
    REST IN PEACE
    AND THANK YOU FOR KEEPING THE ZYDECO NATION
    AND OUR CREOLE CULTURE PROUD AND STRONG!!!


    I've been trying to spell Shelton Broussard's yell. Is it "whup," "whoraw," "Oh Lord," "Oh yi" or a combination of all four?

    Whatever it was, it had the zydeco world jumping in the late 1980s and into the '90s. Zydeco Force had capacity crowds jumping to a raw, rural sound that was taking over the zydeco scene.

    Just as the songs reached their peak, Broussard, Zydeco Force's guitarist, would let loose with three or four of his trademark yells. The timing was perfect. The yells sounded great. Broussard was feeling good. He made you feel good, too.

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    ZOL Article Zydeco Force Member Dies In Fire
    Posted by rsias on Friday, November 09, 2012 (21:38:00) (519 reads)

    Zydeco Force Member Dies In Fire

    Zydeco Nation's Shelton Broussard Transitions at the age of 49

    November 9, 2012

    by William Johnson


    Shelton Broussard
    Zydeco Force Founding Member
    Zydeco Nation Legend!!!
    (1963 - November 6, 2012)
    REST IN PEACE
    AND THANK YOU FOR KEEPING THE ZYDECO NATION
    AND OUR CREOLE CULTURE PROUD AND STRONG!!!


    Shelton Broussard, a legend in the Opelousas Zydeco music scene, has died in a fire in his home.

    Opelousas police officials said Shelton died Tuesday night when a fire broke out in his mobile home. He was 49.

    Broussard was guitarist and founding member of the legendary band, Zydeco Force. Starting in the late 1980s and throughout the '90s, Zydeco Force became a dancehall and festival favorite, with hit songs like "Hey Madeline," "On My Way" and "B-Flat."


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    ZOL Article Francis Emerson Haynes Obituary
    Posted by rsias on Friday, October 26, 2012 (18:25:13) (562 reads)

    Francis Emerson Haynes Obituary

    October 20, 2012

    by Williams Funeral Home


    Francis Emerson Haynes
    Pioneering African American Business Woman
    1925 - October 19, 2012

    OPELOUSAS - We, Williams Funeral Home, are mourning the loss of our beloved owner, Mrs. Frances Emerson Haynes, 87, who took her last breath Friday night, October 19, 2012 at Opelousas General Health System in Opelousas, LA. We will celebrate her life at 11:30 A.M. Friday, October 26, 2012 at Holy Ghost Catholic Church, 732 N. Union Street in Opelousas, LA.

    Mrs. Haynes will be laid to rest alongside her husband, Mr. Alvin Haynes, Sr. at Bellevue Memorial Park in Opelousas, LA.

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    ZOL Article Francis Emerson Haynes Remembered
    Posted by rsias on Friday, October 26, 2012 (18:19:45) (372 reads)

    Francis Emerson Haynes Remembered

    Pioneering Founder and Owner of Williams Funeral Home
    Transitions at the age of 87



    October 23, 2012

    by William Johnson

    Francis Emerson Haynes
    Pioneering African American Business Woman
    1925 - October 19, 2012

    Funeral services for Francis Emerson Haynes, 87, the owner of Williams Funeral Home, will be held at 11:30 a.m. Friday in Holy Ghost Catholic Church.

    She is remembered by those close to her as both an intelligent and strong-willed business woman and someone with a huge and generous heart.

    "When you talk about a business leader, she was the consummate business person and an important community leader," said St. Landry Parish Clerk of Courts Charles Jagneaux, who served with her for the past 20 years on numerous boards.
    "She had a tremendous influence on the community. She was not involved in politics but served as the public's conscience," Jagneaux said.

    Haynes is credited with carrying the funeral home and Williams Progressive Insurance through a difficult period following the death of her husband in the 1960s.

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    ZOL Article Hadley J. Castille Transitions
    Posted by rsias on Thursday, October 25, 2012 (17:00:00) (395 reads)

    Hadley J. Castille Transitions

    World Renowed Cajun Fiddler Transitions at the age of 79
    October 26, 2012

    by Herman Fusilier

    Hadley J. Castille
    Legendary and Respected Cajun Fiddler
    (March 3, 1933 – October 25, 2012 )

    In 1992, John Buckelew answered a newspaper ad for fiddle lessons and met Hadley Castille. Castille took Buckelew under his wing and, by 1996, both were on stage together playing at Festival International de Louisiane and the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.

    "He told me after four years, 'You got to get out of here. You got do your own thing. I can't teach you nothing else,'" said Buckelew. "He was very generous as far as bringing you along with him and introducing you to other fiddlers and learning other styles.

    "He was always encouraging. If he felt like you had some potential, he would stay after you. He was just a super guy."

    Students, fans, family and friends are remembering Castille, a renowned Cajun fiddler who died Thursday morning at Prompt Succor Nursing Home in Opelousas. Services are pending.

    Last summer, Castille, 79, was diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumor that, in a matter of months, left him incapacitated and in a nursing home.

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    ZOL Article Zydeco Musician Corey Arceneaux Is A Father First And Foremost
    Posted by ZLady on Saturday, June 16, 2012 (14:00:00) (870 reads)

    Zydeco Musician Corey Arceneaux Is A Father First And Foremost

    June 13, 2012

    By Dominick Cross
    The Independent Weekly


    Corey Arceneaux, surrounded by sons
    Tyler Arceneaux, 10, Corey Arceneaux Jr., 12,
    and 18-year-old Desmond Joseph

    Photos by Robin May

    Ideally, raising children is better accomplished as a family unit, but going it alone doesn’t make the responsibility an impossible task. It does, however, take commitment, planning and love.

    Zydeco band leader Corey Arceneaux knows this. He has been a single father of three boys — Desmond Joseph, 18, Corey Arceneaux Jr., 12, and Tyler Arceneaux, 10 — for half a dozen years.

    “Fatherhood means a lot because the kids, they are our future and what you instill in them goes a long way,” Corey Arceneaux says. “It’s how you bring them up, discipline-wise and just being there for the kids.”

    Arceneaux says there’s a “joy of seeing the kids grow up. I’ve learned a lot from them. Believe it or not the parent can learn a lot from the kids – just little things that they do.”

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    ZOL Article Keith Frank's - Follow The Leader CD Relase Party
    Posted by rsias on Monday, March 12, 2012 (21:17:47) (4440 reads)

    Keith Frank's - Follow The Leader CD Release Party

    After 4 years, Keith Frank & the Soileau Zydeco Band
    release the highly anticipated double CD entitled
    "Follow The Leader!"


    March 12, 2012

    by Rod Sias
    www.ZydecoOnline.com



    You've seen Keith Frank & the Soileau Zydeco Band play a relentless and unyielding schedule every weekend throughout the Zydeco Nation with each performance more intense and exciting that the previous performance. Anyone who has had the opportunity to experience the “Soulwood Sound,” will soon understand why Keith Frank has earned the title the “Zydeco Boss” and why Keith Frank and the Soileau Zydeco Band has remained one of the Zydeco Nation’s most recognized and respected Zydeco Bands in the Zydeco Nation!

    Between performances, it has been a major task to find time to sit down in the studio to develop and produce their next CD project. Well, that wait is over! After 4 years of touring, Keith Frank & the Soileau Zydeco Band will release their highly anticipated Double CD entitled – “Follow The Leader” on March 16th, 2012 at Club ICU in Houston, Texas and March 17, 2012 at El Sido’s Zydeco and Blues Club in Lafayette, Louisiana!


    FOLLOW THE LEADER - CD RELEASE PARTY

    FRIDAY, MARCH 16, 2012
    CLUB ICU
    9541 Mesa Dr. @ Tidwell
    Houston, Texas 77078
    (713) 631-0033

    SATURDAY, MARCH 17, 2012
    EL SIDO'S ZYDECO AND BLUES CLUB
    1523 N St Antoine
    Lafayette, LA 70501
    (337) 235-0647
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    ZOL Article Z.H.P.S Zydeco Breakfast and Fundraiser!
    Posted by rsias on Tuesday, February 14, 2012 (23:00:00) (3245 reads)

    Z.H.P.S Zydeco Breakfast and Fundraiser!

    The Zydeco Historical & Preservation Society
    Kicks off Annual Donation and Fundraising Drive
    with a Zydeco Breakfast on March 17, 2012!


    March 1, 2012

    by Rod Sias
    www.ZydecoOnline.com

    Documenting and Preserving Everyday Creole Life in Southwest Louisiana and Texas


    The Zydeco Historical & Preservation Society, Inc. kicked off its annual donation and fundraising drive on February 14, 2012. As part of its annual donation and fundraising drive, the ZHPS will host a Zydeco Breakfast and Fundraiser at Mike's Sports Bar and Grill (Mike's Cafe) located at 150 Middlefield Road, Menlo Park, California from 8:00am-12:00pm.

    The Zydeco Lady, Lola Love will be back in the San Francisco Bay Area and will be spinning hot Zydeco, Southern Soul, and Blues music! This is a family oriented event and admission is free! So come on out, enjoy a great breakast, dance to some great music, and support the ZHPS by making a donation!


    Z.H.P.S Zydeco Breakfast and Fundraiser
    will be held on March 17, 2012 from
    8:00am -12:00pm at
    Mike's Sport's Bar & Grill (Mike's Cafe)
    located at 150 Middlefield Road, Menlo Park, California!



    The Zydeco Historical and Preservation Society welcomes the support of all who care about Zydeco and Creole history and culture. The Zydeco Historical and Preservation Society, Inc. is recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)3 corporation. Your donation is tax-deductible to the extent provided by law.

    Can't make it to this event? You can make a donation online at www.ZHPS.org & listen to the Zydeco Workout feat. Lola Love EVERY SATURDAY 11am-2pm (cst) on www.KPCP883.com (88.3FM - New Roads, Louisiana!)




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