"Let The Good Times Roll" with Zydeco-a-Go-Go, the Mid-Atlantic's premier Zydeco band. Cajun 2-steps and Creole Zydeco blend with funky New Orleans Rhythm & Blues into a spicy gumbo. "Gar-on-teed gonna be a wild & swingin' pitch-a-wang-dang-doodle-all-night-long bayou boogaloo!"
Zydeco-a-Go-Go, the Mid-Atlantics premier practitioners of Louisiana dance music, are bringing the zydeco party to the people. Their motto is: Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler! or Let The Good Times Roll! At the heart of any Zydeco-A-Go-Go song is the classic zydeco sound of accordion and frattoir (rubboard) augmented by saxophone, electric guitar, electric bass and drums. Cajun 2-steps blend with Creole zydeco and classic New Orleans rhythm & blues into a spicy gumbo of Louisiana dance music. Their performances feature lyrics sung in English, Spanish, Cajun and Creole French, set to a beat that keeps people dancing all night long.
Although based in Philadelphia, the group has garnered praise for its authentic Louisiana sound. When playing a gig at the legendary Rock & Bowl in New Orleans, they kept the crowded dance-floor busy, with lots of smiling faces everywhere. KBON, a popular radio station in Eunice, Louisiana (the heart of Cajun country) put the group's debut CD into its daily rotation. Music from that cd was used in the soundtrack for ABC News Earth Day 2000 that was broadcast worldwide during a segment documenting the effect of global warming in Louisiana. In other parts of the nation as well as Europe the CD has found an appreciative audience on progressive radio stations. This summer their just-released cd "Let The Good Times Roll" has got everybody smiling and everybody dancing!
Founded in 1992, the all-star group boasts colorful personnel with decades of experience: bandleader Pete Gumbo, on accordion, piano, and vocals, was a founding member of underground cult legends PHILLY GUMBO, backed Jamaican toaster BIG YOUTH, Nigerian Afro-Pop recording sensations THE LIJADU SISTERS, and has played piano with such artists as SLEEPY LaBEEF, BO DIDDLEY, and New Orleans own CHARLES HONEYBOY OTIS. Guitarist Billy Baltera studied music at Bostons Berklee School Of Music. Hes gone on to become a seasoned pro, having recorded and toured the USA and overseas for many years with Texas blues icon SONNY RHODES, soul shouter FRANKIE LEE, and R&B showman LONNIE SHIELDS. Saxophonist Carl CC Crabtree cut his teeth in Atlanta touring the South with novelty rock & roll prankster DARRYL RHODES, but is well-known in his hometown (Philly) having worked with many of the areas top blues, jazz, R&B and party rock bands, including GROVER WASHINGTON JR., THE BEN VAUGHN COMBO and rhythm & blues big band THE DUKES OF DESTINY. Youll hear CC scratching on the rubboard for Zydeco, then on New Orleans R&B or jump-blues numbers hell be honking and wailing on tenor sax. Drummer Bob Holden, a founding member of THE DUKES, has backed local rock heroes like ROBERT HAZARD and QUINCY as well as national recording artists such as soul-singer TERRY EVANS and roots-blues legend OTIS RUSH. Bob got his start in music as a teenager drumming behind James Brown impersonator LEON & THE WORKOUTS. On bass guitar is Jimmy Pritchard, a rock solid in-the-pocket player who has recorded and toured the USA and overseas with many great blues artists, including GEORGIE BONDS, SONNY RHODES and BIG JACK JOHNSON. Rounding out the group nicely is special-guest on-request Pamela Eshelman on rubboard and vocals.... she brings to the band a sweet & soulful voice, a swinging sense of rhythm and contagious onstage enthusiasm.
And whether they're playing a large festival or a smalltown fair, a performing arts center or a block party, a bowling alley or a swanky fundraiser gala, a back-yard BBQ or one of those non-stop everybodys-up-and-dancin wedding receptions: you know it's gonna be a wild and swingin' bayou boogaloo pitch-a-wang-dang-doodle-all-night-long zydeco dance party...with everybody singing "Let The Good Times Roll!"
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