Louisiana music groups bring southern sounds to BYU-Idaho

April 9, 2012

Writer: Don Sparhawk

Direct from Louisiana, Jeffery Broussard & The Creole Cowboys will perform at Brigham Young University-Idaho on Friday, April 20, at 7:30 p.m. in the Hart Auditorium.

As one of the few traditional zydeco bands playing today, the band delivers renditions of creole classics, as well as their own brand of zydeco.

Zydeco is a uniquely American form of roots or folk music. It evolved in southwest Louisiana in the early 19th century from forms of "la la" creole music. Usually fast tempo and dominated by the button or piano accordion and a scrub-board (frottoir), zydeco music was originally created at house dances where families and friends gathered for socializing.

Originally called creole music, French music or la-la music - Zydeco's musical roots go back to European, African and Caribbean musical traditions, with syncopated rhythms. Dedicated to preserving and promoting the Creole culture and traditional Zydeco music, Broussard plays with passion and commitment.

"I love my music and I love my culture," he said. "I am proud and honored to be a part of it. By playing traditional music, that is my way of giving back to my community, to my culture and to get others interested in the music, in other parts of the country, and to fulfill my daddy's dream."

Tickets for this Center Stage performance are $12 for the general public and $6 for BYU-Idaho students. They are available online at www.byui.edu/tickets or from the BYU-Idaho Ticket Office at 496-3170.