An early Mardi Gras party will begin at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 2 at the Smith Opera House, 82 Seneca St.
The New Orleans-style party band Zydeco Vacation will provide the exuberant sounds of the steamy bayous of Louisiana, with its spicy musical gumbo that combines the traditional blues sounds of the button accordion and old school scrubboard with a driving, syncopated beat to create a unique Louisiana-Cajun zydeco sound.
Hotter than Tabasco sauce on a crawdad and matching superb musicianship and clever songs with a knack for keeping dancers on the floor, Zydeco Vacation features upbeat blues accordion, driving dance rhythms, and age-old scrubboard accompaniment. They have played with zydeco legends including Buckwheat Zydeco, Nathan and the Zydeco Cha Chas, Terrance Simien and his Mallet Playboys, and Boozoo Chavis, accordionist Maury Rosenberg’s influence and appreciation for zydeco music led him to form Zydeco Vacation.
This show is the firt concert in The Smith's new “Passport World Music Series,” spotlighting four different world beat music artists. The series will also include the Celtic rock sounds of The Glengarry Bhoys on Friday, Feb. 9, the glorious a cappella harmonies of Voices of Africa on Saturday, March 31; and Frigg, Nordic folk combined with American bluegrass, on Friday, April 20.
Doors will open at 7:30 for the 8 p.m. show; individual tickets are $15 each. Subscriptions to the series may be purchased for $45, which comes to four shows for the price of three. Series subscribers also enjoy the benefit of the “Passport Ticket Exchange” whereby patrons who are unable to attend a particular performance can use the ticket for another performance or give it to a friend or invite someone to attend a future performance.
For details, call The Smith box office at (315) 781-LIVE or toll-free (866) 355-LIVE; individual tickets may also be purchased on-line at The Smith.