The flooding in southern Louisiana is well known to everyone by now, and it has affected many, including Buckwheat Zydeco.  To make matters even more difficult, his cancer has returned (warning: Advertiser page).  There are currently two GoFundMe appeals currently available to contribute:  In Support of Buckwheat Zydeco created by Cynthia Simien and Buckwheat Zydeco and Family (created by “Tomorrow Dural”).  I am not endorsing either of these campaigns, but want to make others aware of them.

Come to New Orleans for the best in Cajun and zydeco music Saturday, June 14 and Sunday, June 15, 2014!  The Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival is in Armstrong Park this year, not by the Old Mint.  There’s food and free dance lessons.  Lineup:

Saturday, June 14
11:00 am to 12:15 pm   Sean Ardoin & Zydekool
12:45 pm to 1:45 pm     Les Freres Michot
2:15 pm to 3:15 pm      Jeffery Broussard
3:45 pm to 4:45 pm      Dwayne Dopsie & the Zydeco Hellraisers
5:00 pm to 6:15 pm      Geno Delafose & French Rockin’ Boogie
6:45 pm to 8:00 pm      Buckwheat Zydeco

Sunday, June 15
11:00 am to 12:15 pm  Bruce Daigrepont
12:45 pm to 1:45 pm    Sunpie & the La. Sunspots
2:15 pm to 3:15 pm      Sweet Crude
3:45 pm to 4:45 pm      Lost Bayou Ramblers
5:15 pm to 6:15 pm      Beausoleil avec Michael Doucet with special guest Jo-El Sonnier
6:45 pm to 8:00 pm      Rosie Ledet

Best of all, it’s free!  If you snooze, you lose!

One hour and twenty-six minutes of zydeco excitement; here’s Buckwheat Zydeco in Milwaukee.  This was a student produced project with Student Ops, and they did a great job!  This isn’t someone with a single low-res camera, it’s HD all the way with student producer Morgan Kauphusman and student director Justin Avery..  There’s all the performer to audience interaction, as well as a big band, with trumpet and saxophone.  Eh toi! 

There’s a 30-second commercial to endure, but the music is so worth it!  Here’s Buckwheat Zydeco on accordion and vocals with the Late Night with Jimmy Fallon Show band, the Roots, singing Bob Dylan’s On a night like this.  It’s from Buckwheat’s album, On a Night Like This.

Wonderful news!  The great zydeco accordionist Buckwheat Zydeco has been declared free of cancer!  And he continues his seemingly-interminable touring with dates all over the U.S. and Canada through at least August.

The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, or just Jazz Fest, has a semi-autonomous group within it, called Congo Square.  It’s a stage for music from the African diaspora.  Every year they have their own poster, and this year it features Buckwheat Zydeco.  Here’s one story on it showing the poster.  And the printer’s story includes some background.  Looks fine to me!

Here’s the national network television debut of Buckwheat Zydeco, if you can believe David Letterman.  He’s playing the Nathan Abshire super hit Pine grove blues.  No dancers, but Paul Schaefer seems to be enjoying it.  He’s only got his regular rubboard player.  No date on this one but it’s got to be old.  Look how young Letterman looks!