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Zydeco Crossroads, WXPN’s year-long celebration of zydeco music, returns to World Café Live on Friday, Feb. 27 for two free shows. Performing as part of the 15-month long Zydeco Crossroads Project will be Leon Chavis & The Zydeco Flames and Koray Broussard and The Zydeco Unit. An all-ages show is set for 7 p.m. with doors opening at 6; and doors open at 10 for an 18+ crowd show at 10:15. Interested audiences can RSVP to one of the free shows at zydecocrossroads.org. The 7 p.m. show is sold out, according to the website. But the 10:15 show is still available.
Zydeco, the regional music of southwest Louisiana, is known for its energetic rhythms driven by accordion and rub board instrumentation and dancing. With roots in Creole, French, and Afro-Caribbean cultures , today’s zydeco is influenced by hip-hop and R&B. Koray Broussard’s music reflects contemporary R&B and gospel influences. Leon Chavis, the self-proclaimed “Zydeco Soul Child,” and his band play traditional zydeco music, influenced by hip-hop.
“One of the major overarching themes of Zydeco Crossroads is to connect the past traditions of zydeco with the younger generation of players who have been influenced by newer forms of R&B and hip-hop,” said Bruce Warren, associate general manager of WXPN. “Koray Broussard and Leon Chavis are two of the significant young zydeco musicians making these connections through their music.”