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Kowalski
Posted: Thursday, November 20, 2008 6:19:07 PM
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Hey anyone get into him? I know hes sadly gone now, but Im a fan.
Furthermore, can someone recommend some other good zydeco?
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Pretty sure pete could put you on to something good when it comes to zydeco .
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Kowalski wrote:
Hey anyone get into him? I know hes sadly gone now, but Im a fan.
Furthermore, can someone recommend some other good zydeco?


Oh yeah, Beau Jocque was one of the greats and died way too young. Funny, I was listening to another zydeco great, the late Boozoo Chavis, in the car on the way to work this morning. Boozoo is credited with writing the first popular zydeco song in the 50's, Paper in My Shoe. For a relatively recent genre, so many of its great practitioners have passed away. As well as Beau and Boozoo, there is the late king of zydeco, Clifton Chenier, the late John Delafose and the late Rockin' Dopsie to name just a few. However, as music deeply rooted in the creole culture of southern Louisiana and southern Texas, it is still well and truly alive. The old man of zydeco these days is the great Stanley Dural Jr (Buckwheat Zydeco). Then there is Clifton Chenier's son, CJ Chenier; Rockin' Dopsie's son, David Rubin (or Rockin' Dopsie Jr) and Terrance Simien who has played at bluesfest on several occasions. My personal favourites are Rosie Ledet, Chris Ardoin, Nathan Williams and the Zydeco Cha Chas, Geno Delafose and the deeply rural Creole Zydeco Farmers. Then there are the young and brilliant cajun/creole crossover artists such as Cedric Watson and Corey "L'il Pop" Ledet who are taking creole and cajun music in new and amazing directions. Hehehehehe...I'll leave cajun for another day.

Each year I beg for some cajun and creole artists to grace the Bill, but no luck - it's just not very popular here. It's sad that there has never been a cajun artist on the bill at bluesfest. It's basically the reason I'm heading off to Louisiana again next year to immerse myself in cajun and creole culture and feed my addiction for this wonderful music.

Finally, zydeco is best experienced live...records/cd's only fill the gap between live perfomances. I'll never forget dancin' with a creole woman with grey dreads beyond her knees at last year's jazzfest and being regaled with weird and wonderful stories about the kingdom of zydeco! If you buy a Rosie Ledet record, you might be disappointed, but I guarantee that if you saw her live, you would certainly NOT be disappointed!

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Thanks Repete, lot there to check out. Was in New Orleans last year, favourite place in the states, can't wait to go back. Went to a restaurant just out of the Quarter past the casino, there was some good zydeco there, lots of dancing and gumbo! ACan't remember the name of the place but its pretty well known. Also a few places out on Frenchman St were very very cool!

Hey and speaking of gumbo (I know its a little off topic) where do you find the best gumbo there?
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Posted: Saturday, November 22, 2008 9:04:18 AM
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Kowalski wrote:
Thanks Repete, lot there to check out. Was in New Orleans last year, favourite place in the states, can't wait to go back. Went to a restaurant just out of the Quarter past the casino, there was some good zydeco there, lots of dancing and gumbo! ACan't remember the name of the place but its pretty well known. Also a few places out on Frenchman St were very very cool!

Hey and speaking of gumbo (I know its a little off topic) where do you find the best gumbo there?


The only bowl of gumbo I had was at the guesthouse where I was staying. Great place, it's the neighbourhood bar and cafe (and grocery, bottle shop and laundromat!). Schiro's Balcony Guesthouse, on the corner of Royal and St Roch in Marigny, towards Bywater. Great gumbo and company, it's a bit out of the way but if you want an authentic neighbourhood experience, I highly recommended it. Fried catfish ain't bad either!

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Posted: Monday, December 08, 2008 11:13:25 AM
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We got to see Beau Jocque play one time at the Rock'n'Bowl before he passed on. He played in a no-holds barred rollicking style that really got the dance floor moving! Give me some cornbread! It's a shame he was taken before his time.

Another out of the way place for good gumbo is the St. Charles Tavern - it's one of those places that look like a dive, but always has great cheap food, nothing fancy, just good eatin'! It's open 24-7 and is always a great way to finish off a night out. It's one of our favourite haunts when we are in New Orleans. We like to stay next door at the Maison St. Charles for it's proximity to the tavern and the streetcar. The location is also good for getting to Tipitina's, the Maple Leaf bar and the Rock'n'Bowl. There's another great eaterie just down the street from the Maple Leaf, too - it's called Jacque Imo's. It's quite a bit more upscale than the St. Charles Tavern but it's still got a nice down home atmosphere. Gabrielle's Restaurant out near the fairgrounds has beautiful food as well.

Pete, I checked out the website for the Schiro Guesthouse - it looks like a really sweet set-up there! If we hadn't already booked our rooms at the Maison, you might be in danger of having us as neighbours next year! Having Frenchmen Street nearby is a big plus - although since we're hiring a car you'll probably be seeing us hangin' out on Frenchmen, too!

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Sharleen7 wrote:
We got to see Beau Jocque play one time at the Rock'n'Bowl before he passed on. He played in a no-holds barred rollicking style that really got the dance floor moving! Give me some cornbread! It's a shame he was taken before his time.

Another out of the way place for good gumbo is the St. Charles Tavern - it's one of those places that look like a dive, but always has great cheap food, nothing fancy, just good eatin'! It's open 24-7 and is always a great way to finish off a night out. It's one of our favourite haunts when we are in New Orleans. We like to stay next door at the Maison St. Charles for it's proximity to the tavern and the streetcar. The location is also good for getting to Tipitina's, the Maple Leaf bar and the Rock'n'Bowl. There's another great eaterie just down the street from the Maple Leaf, too - it's called Jacque Imo's. It's quite a bit more upscale than the St. Charles Tavern but it's still got a nice down home atmosphere. Gabrielle's Restaurant out near the fairgrounds has beautiful food as well.

Pete, I checked out the website for the Schiro Guesthouse - it looks like a really sweet set-up there! If we hadn't already booked our rooms at the Maison, you might be in danger of having us as neighbours next year! Having Frenchmen Street nearby is a big plus - although since we're hiring a car you'll probably be seeing us hangin' out on Frenchmen, too!


Hi Sharleen - wow, imagine seeing Beau Jocque - and on zydeco night at Mid City Lanes. I've heard tales of Boozoo and Beau vying for the title of king of zydeco in a play off! Apparently Beau couldn't care less, but Boozoo was deadly serious! Legends, both of them.

Your info about places to eat around Uptown/Garden District is great. We're staying on that side of town for a few days when we first arrive early April and I love the proximity to Tips and the Maple Leaf. Just gotta keep Mrs Pete away from the shops along Magazine. We're gonna head to the Atchafalaya Basin and Lafayette for a week to rest up before 3 solid weeks of festing back in New Orleans!

And Schiro's is a fantastic place to stay but it's booked out, dammit. "Our" room was taken already way back in July! Word has obviously spread around. So, we had to find somewhere else for FQF and jazzfest - found a small place just around the corner from Frenchmen - Coccinelle. Within staggering distance of DBA and their 20 yo single malts...hic... and all the other wonderful Frenchmen clubs. They cut us a great deal and really nice people - we were emailing back and forth as Gustav was blowing in. Can't wait for the fest announcements next month!

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