The handful of zydeco enthusiasts who were at Safari Sam's in Hollywood on July 23rd left very happy. They were treated to some high energy Louisiana-style music by two tremendous bands, Zydeco Party Band and Buckwheat Zydeco. The venue featured a restaurant, bar and mezzanine for dining and watching the band. There was a nice large space for dancing, but no fans to move the air. The music would have to do that. 

Doug Legacy, formerly with Oingo Boingo, fronts the Los Angeles-based band on accordion, and I must say he does some excellent vocals. I think it is rare for zydeco bands to feature such good vocals and lyrics, and appreciate them when I hear them. They played a mix of R&B, swamp pop, funk, country, and zydeco with great energy helped along nicely by the horn section.

Another great band followed with which many of our longtime zydeco-lovers will remember from way back is Buckwheat Zydeco. He stole the show with his stage presence, good vocals and awesome accordion playing and Jimmy Smith-style Hammond organ work. Backed also by some great horn players, this band really rocked, though not all of it could be classified as "zydeco." He had some mambo-style, and jazz and funk all mixed in together. It was a great for all who listened and hit the dance floor.

Thanks to Karen Redding for getting the word out about the performance, and for some great dances.