Buckwheat Zydeco


The zoo's amphitheater should really be rocking with this bill, which pairs Buckwheat Zydeco's raucous Louisiana accordion-driven mash of roots and progressive with the brash, horn-juiced, genre-hopping Cherry Poppin' Daddies. Buck, a.k.a. Stanley Dural Jr., has been a zydeco stalwart for decades, and one of the first to nurture a progressive strain of the old chanky-chank by stirring in elements of rock, soul, and funk. A protégé of zydeco king Clifton Chenier, who inspired him to pick up the accordion in the first place, Buck last year released his most eclectic album, Lay Your Burden Down (Alligator), which ventures into swamp pop, gospel, calypso, and reggae. Eclecticism also fuels the audacious high-energy excursions of Eugene, Oregon's Cherry Poppin' Daddies. Although the band started out as a swing revival outfit with a punk undercurrent, it soon ventured into jump blues, bop, free jazz, ska, and beyond, propelled by the experimental bent of songwriter and vocalist Steve Perry. Last fall the Daddies simultaneously issued Skaboy JFK, a total ska extravaganza, and Susquehanna (both Rock Ridge), an ambitious concept album that uses a narrative thread to link stylistically disparate songs that add the likes of flamenco and soca to the octet's already teeming arsenal.
Wed., June 30, 7:30 p.m., 2010

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