For immediate release: June 1, 2011
‘One of The Best Party Bands in America’ Plays This Summer’s Hop Free Concert on the Green
Free concert on the Dartmouth Green by Buckwheat Zydeco
The Grammy-winning international ambassadors of the joyful, propulsive music of Southwestern Louisiana’s
creole community perform on the Dartmouth Green, presented by Hopkins Center. Rain location: Spaulding
Auditorium, Hopkins Center for the Arts.
Sunday, July 3, 6:30 pm
Information: Hopkins Center Box Office, 603.646.2422 or hop.dartmouth.edu
Zydeco Two-Step Dance Workshop
Learn authentic zydeco dancing in a fun, energetic atmosphere with Leyden, MA-based dancer and instructor
Alice Kenney. All ages welcome.
No special shoes or clothing required.
Sunday, Jul 3, 4 pm
Top of the Hop, Hopkins Center for the Arts, Hanover NH
To register, call the Hop Box Office at 603.646.2422.
HANOVER, NH—People of all ages, prepare to boogie: the legendary Buckwheat Zydeco performs a free
concert on the Dartmouth Green on Sunday, July 3, at 6:30 pm.
The Grammy-winning international ambassadors of zydeco, the joyful, propulsive music of Southwestern
Louisiana’s creole community, Buckwheat Zydeco is known for tremendous live shows featuring smoking
accordion, rocking Hammond B3 organ, rollicking rub board and sizzling guitar licks. Now nearing its fourth
decade, the band has achieved legend status, heard in film and TV music and sharing the stage with
musicians like Eric Clapton, Willie Nelson, Mavis Staples and Paul Simon.
Writes The New York Times, band leader Stanley “Buckwheat” Dural Jr. “leads one of the best party bands in
America; he can pump out zydeco two-beats or shift into rolling 12-bar blues, steaming all the way.” Writes
OffBeat magazine, “[Buckwheat] is the leader of the world’s hottest zydeco band… a brilliantly dexterous
musician belting it out with a terrific set of pipes while exuding consummate showmanship. From beginning
to end, Buck throws it down and slams it sideways.”
Buckwheat Zydeco has only improved over time, critics say. Of its recent album Lay Your Burden Down, which
won a 2009 Grammy for Best Cajun and Zydeco album, Living Blues wrote," The entire work is a vibrant
testament to Buckwheat Zydeco’s spirit, reminding us that Louisiana’s musical heritage has taken all the
hurricanes could give… a wonderful reminder about what a great zydeco band can do." Allmusic.com called it
“Dural's most accomplished and mature album yet, moving from start to finish like everything belongs
together. He has given us something else again, an album that works both at the dance party and still rings
clear the next day when maybe it's time to dig deeper and do a little thinking. It's the best kind of musical
The band’s 2011 album, Buckwheat Zydeco's Bayou Boogie, brings zydeco tunes to a younger audience with
such guest artists as Dan Zanes and Maria Muldaur singing family-friendly classic rock n' roll tunes done in a
zydeco style. Buckwheat Zydeco’s previous children’s album was the award-winning 1994 Choo Choo
Those who want to learn the moves that go best with the music can attend a pre-concert Zydeco Two-Step
Dance Workshop at 4 pm on Sunday, July 3, in the Top of the Hop in Hopkins Center, with veteran zydeco
dancers and instructor Alice Kenney of Leyden, MA. All ages welcome, and no special shoes or clothing
required. $10 admission. To register, call the Hop Box Office at 603.646.2422.
The concert is presented in conjunction with the Town of Hanover’s 250th Anniversary Commemoration and is
supported by the Dartmouth College Offices of the President and the Provost. Hanover Town Manager Julia
Griffin said she and others involved in the anniversary planning love the summer concerts on the Green and
began meeting two years ago with Hop Programming Director Margaret Lawrence to plan this event. When
Lawrence went off to a New York conference earlier this year to look into potential performers for this event,
Griffin said, “We were all saying, ‘Ooh, ooh—we can’t wait to see who she comes up with.’ It’s like sending a
really good shopper off to the gift shop.”
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Founded in 1962, the Hopkins Center for the Arts is a multi-disciplinary academic, visual and performing arts
center dedicated to uncovering insights, igniting passions, and nurturing talents to help the Dartmouth
community engage imaginatively and contribute creatively to our world. Each year the Hop presents more
than 300 live events and films by visiting artists as well as Dartmouth students and the Dartmouth
community, and reaches more than 22,000 Upper Valley residents and students with outreach and arts