Creole Accordion Kings, Liberty Theater, June 24, 2017
Creole Accordion Kings--five of the top accordionists in Creole and zydeco music--performed June 24, 2017, at the Liberty Theater in a show presented by Steve Riley Productions.

The accordionists, in order of their appearance, were Preston Frank, Curley Taylor, Dexter Ardoin, Corey Ledet, and Geno Delafose. Everyone gathered on stage for the finale. The show was emceed by Steve Riley. John Broussard and Melvin Caesar, hosts of the Saturday morning show “Zydeco Est Pas Salé” on KRVS Public Radio, welcomed the crowd at the show opening.

Preston Frank and Dexter Ardoin played songs from the Creole tradition in which the Frank and Ardoin families have had major roles. Curley Taylor offered a sampling of the smooth harmonies of his version of contemporary zydeco, including his biggest hit, “Country Boy.” Corey Ledet, a true virtuoso on the piano accordion, played the music of the King of Zydeco, Clifton Chenier. Geno Delafose played his zydeco version of Creole music, including music from his father, the late John Delafose. He also sang “Le paradis des musiens” by the Cajun legend Belton Richard, who had died three days earlier.

In between songs, Steve Riley chatted with the musicians about their music and their backgrounds.

The show was the fourth in the excellent series of special programs organized at the Liberty by Steve Riley. He will conclude the current series with a special performance by his band, the Mamou Playboys, on July 29 at the Liberty. For more information see his Facebook page, www.facebook.com/steve.riley.967?ref=br_rs, or the band’s web site, www.mamouplayboys.com/.

For a listing of Cajun and Zydeco bands and Mardi Gras photos included on these Flickr pages, go to www.cajunzydecophotos.com or www.cajunzydecophotos.com/mobile.
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