Buckwheat Zydeco and The Ils Sont Partis Band to perform

Buckwheat & The Hitchhikers are legends. A full-on R&B show band fronted by an amazing singer, arranger, bandleader, Hammond B-3 organ prodigy and Creole showman named Stanley Dural Jr., they tore up the club circuit in the early 1970s.

The group will be performing at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 26 at the Acadiana Center for the Arts James D. Moncus Theater.

Dural’s dad played accordion, but the younger keyboardist had no interest in the instrument or its unique Louisiana legacy. Then one night Dural agreed to sit in with his father’s friend, zydeco king Clifton Chenier at Antlers, a historic Lafayette club a block away from the AcA.

The rest of the story makes for equally exciting history. The younger Dural became a cornerstone of Chenier’s classic Red Hot Louisiana Band lineup in 1976, grafting funk and gospel influences to the group’s virtuosic boogie.

In 1987, Dural’s new namesake band, Buckwheat Zydeco, made history as the first zydeco ensemble to release an album on a major label. Subsequent sessions with Eric Clapton, Keith Richards, Dwight Yoakam, Willie Nelson, David Hidalgo and many other artists have been icing on the musical cake topped with a 2010 GrammyAward.

The Louisiana Crossroads’ style of an intimate mini-tour will showcase the accordion-, horn-, guitar- and organ-led band and career that has propelled our state’s indigenous Creole folk music into the 21st century.

The dates of the performances are, 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 23, a live broadcast at the Sliman Theater, New Iberia; 7 p.m. Thursday, March 24, at the Manship Theatre, Baton Rouge; 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 25, at the F.G. Bulber Auditorium, The Banners Series, Lake Charles and concluding at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 26, the James D. Moncus Theater, Acadiana Center for the Arts, Lafayette.

Call (337) 233-7060 or www.acadianacenterforthearts.org for more information.

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