There's nothing like a Creole party: Buckwheat Zydeco
Scheduled to perform on Wednesday, August 17
It's no surprise that our most soulful president tapped Buckwheat Zydeco to play both of his inaugurations. Slick Willy knew no one other than the oft-labeled "world's greatest party band" could, well, you know, get the party started. Buck, born Stanley Dural Jr., refuses to follow a set list, opting instead to go where the mood takes him; that means his shows are the kind of organic improvisation that only a real bandleader can swing. While the greatest-party-band-in-the-land claim is debatable, Buck's place as the undisputed king of zydeco ain't -- a title his latest, Jackpot!, only reaffirms. Old-time zydeco was sung in Creole French with only an accordion, drums and a washboard. These days, the washboard is out and a Hammond organ is in, along with contemporary infusions of blues, soul, rock and Afro-Caribbean rhythms. It's a polygamous marriage that'll infect your ears and keep your head bobbing for days.