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Fermilab Art Series presents:
Buckwheat Zydeco
September 15 @ 8 p.m.
Tickets - $25 ($13 ages 18 and under)

"...propulsive, rollicking dance party music…Bottom Line: swamp-boogie joy ride." - People Magazine

The well-known leader of Buckwheat Zydeco, Stanley “Buckwheat” Dural, Jr., is the first Zydeco artist signed to a major record label, to perform on a national television show, to release a children’s album, to launch his own record label and the first to win an Emmy Award.

The four-time Grammy nominee’s unsurpassed artistry and tireless touring have taken the Bayou State native’s Creole-French rave ups and soulful breakdowns to new highs worldwide. The band plays a long list of high-profile gigs, and their music can be heard in major motion pictures and television shows. On stage and in the studio, Buckwheat has collaborated with a “Who’s Who” of musicians including Eric Clapton, Keith Richards, Willie Nelson, Dwight Yoakam, Mavis Staples and many others.

Born in Lafayette, Louisiana, Dural grew up speaking French in an expression of the Creole heritage. Zydeco is a hybrid of Afro-Caribbean rhythms with Blues, soul, rock, country, and the French-rooted Cajun music of the Creole’s white neighbors. By the mid-1970’s South Louisiana began to experience a grassroots cultural renaissance as Zydeco and Cajun music gained appreciation as treasured cultural resources. After a stint with the King of Zydeco, the late, great Clifton Chenier, Buckwheat formed his own band in 1979. Since that time he has performed extensively, sharing stages with the likes of U2 and the Boston Pops. The band has performed at both of President Clinton’s inaugurals, and at the closing ceremonies of the Atlanta Summer Olympics to a television audience of 3 billion, performing with Wynton Marsalis, Stevie Wonder, Faith Hill, and Little Richard.

"Buckwheat leads one of the best party bands in America; he can pump out zydeco two-beats or shift into rolling 12-bar blues, steaming all the way."- The New York Times

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