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Jan. 19: Zydeco Dancehall Concert (Including Dancing Lessons!) at the Factory
1/8/2018 1:00:00 AM
By: Sarah Haas, Communications Director

(FARMINGTON)— Get ready for a foot-stomping, Louisiana-inspired good time that will let you practice your dance skills before Mardi Gras.

Mineral Area Council on the Arts will host a Zydeco Dancehall Concert on Friday, Jan. 19, at Alexander’s Ballroom at the Factory in Farmington. Individual tickets are $10, available now at Eventbrite.com or at the door. The evening begins with dance lessons at 6:45 p.m., followed by live music by the Boudin Brothers at 7:30 p.m. There will also be gift baskets on hand for a chance of winning.

Zydeco music is indigenous to southern Louisiana, combining tunes of French origin with elements of Caribbean music and the blues and that features guitar, washboard, and accordion.

Arts Council Director Danielle Basler said each year, the cultural organization, located at Mineral Area College, strives to make an effort to host an event that will introduce the community to a cultural style or tradition outside of our own.

“The Boudin Brothers have quite a following in St. Louis, we’re very fortunate to get them to Farmington to help us shake off the cabin fever and stomp our feet to some traditional Creole music,” she said. “And! We’re inviting everyone to come out early to catch a dance lesson with St. Louis-based Dancin’ Donna, so they can move their feet to the rhythm of the music, Zydeco-style.

Boudin Brothers Band is a zydeco band from St. Louis, MO, made up of members of Gumbohead, the Funky Butt Brass Band, Jeremiah Johnson Band and Southside Creole Playboys. The members are Tom Martin, accordion; Thayne Bradford, fiddle, vocals; Andy Coco, bass, vocals; Ron Sikes, rubboard; Benet Schaeffer, drums; Tim Halpin, guitar, vocals.

Basler said whether you’re a dancer or just a lover of listening to deep-southern music, you should make it out to Alexander’s on Jan. 19.

“It’s going to be a great evening with opportunities for dance if that’s what you prefer or to sit back and relax and enjoy some great music if that’s more your style,” she said. “With the cold weather we’ve had, it should be a hot time at Alexander’s that night.”

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