Zydeco Music

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World Music Concert Report - Zydeco Music
James David Debrodie
World Music 327
August 2, 2012
Carla Ponti

World Music Concert Report - Zydeco Music
When deciding on a music concert for this course, World Music 327, there were five different choices for me to choose from. It was required to attend a concert musical performance of world or ethnic music. The music selected for the purpose of the concert had to be from music I would not normally focus on or attend a performance in that particular style of music. It was definitely outside of the box or my comfort zone, which I am glad I attended. For me, I decided based on location due to the fact that I wanted to take my entire family for a nice day out, and enjoy some ethnic music that we have never experienced. With this in mind, and not knowing what I had in store for me, I decided to attend the concert on July 29, 2012 at La Jolla Cove to watch and observe Theo & the Zydeco Patrol. This concert was scheduled to play from 2 to 4 pm, but went till approximately 4:15pm, with an intermission at the middle of the concert at 3, that lasted 15 minutes. The concert was part of the 29th Annual Summer Concert Series 2012, and was named “La Jolla Concerts by the Sea”. All concerts for these particular series are free of charge to the public and are family oriented, due to the fact the location of the concert was right next to the beach and provided entertainment for the family. For this particular band this week’s concert was sponsored by Cymer, Incorporated. Audience demographics were made up of a culturally diverse community and consisted of men, women and children. All nationalities and genders were represented throughout the audience. We had participants from different states here to see Theo & The Zydeco Patrol. Residents from Mexico, Texas, Oregon, Ohio, Louisiana, Arizona, a family from Canada, and of course, California was all present at the concert. There were also many family pets in attendance (dogs and birds). The age of the participants of the audience were from infants to about 80 plus. Approximately 800 or better were in attendance, according to my estimation. The dress of the attendees included bathing suits, wet suits and casual dress. Tents, pop-ups, umbrellas, chairs, and blankets flooded the grounds where the audience was. Many people were sitting at the beach listening to the concert as the yard was full. For the audiences enjoyment, there was a small dance floor assembled for the audience to dance on during the playing the music. Vendors were in attendance selling souvenirs, food such as hot dogs, popcorn, water, soda, and ice cream. The audience appeared to be content. Theo & the Zydeco Patrol play Zydeco music. “Zydeco music is popular music of Southern Louisiana that combines French dance melodies, elements of Caribbean music, and the blues, played by small groups, featuring the accordion, washboard, and guitar” (cascadezydeco, 2012). According to National Geographic, Zydeco music can be traced back into early 1934, but a folklorist Mack McCormick came up with the name Zydeco, as a musical genre in 1960. The music that Zydeco bands play has a bluesy motif and the music is dance music of the French Creole’s of Southwest Louisiana. For Theo & the Zydeco Patrol their music has a combination of not only zydeco music but also have some twist of Cajun Music. Per the program of the concert “Theo and the Zydeco Patrol brings the best of Southwest Louisiana festival music to Southern California” (Handout, 7/29/12). Their music is played to bring spice to dances; crawfish boil parties, and bayou festivals. This concert was just fun and nothing I have experienced in my life. Originally this band originated in New Orleans, Louisiana but the band members themselves was a culturally diverse band and was from all around the United States and one band member was even from Australia. The band consisted of seven members, 6 males and 1 female. Their dress was casual...