This past Saturday, June 26, 2010, friends, family, and zydeco music enthusiasts met at the aptly-named Clifton Chenier Club in Loreauville, Louisiana to celebrate the life and works of the late, great Clifton Chenier.  Patrick Flanagan of the Daily Iberian wrote an account posted on the paper’s web site.  Loreauville is a small town, southwest of Lafayette, and near Lake Fausse Pointe State Park and New Iberia.  A friend told me Sunday about getting there, saying that it wasn’t easy, even with a GPS.  The club is named for Chenier, the towering accordion player, instrumental in the crafting of zydeco as a style separate from Creole la la music.   There was music from Jo Jo Reed and the Happy Hill Band, Joe Hall and the Cane Cutters, Roddy Romero and the Hub City Allstars, and many, many others.  The web site gives driving directions from Lafayette and from Morgan City.  They give the address as 2116 Fernand Crochet New Iberia, LA 70563-7836.  Telephone Tonya M. Vital at (337) 212-9077 for more information or email cliftonchenierclub@cox.net.  No other performances are currently listed on the web site.

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