Rusty Metoyer & The Zydeco Krush (USA)

  

 Rusty Metoyer & The Zydeco Krush

 

Lake Charles native, Rusty Metoyer, is one of southwest Louisiana’s rising stars. Metoyer and his unique brand of Zydeco music have thrilled audiences from California to New York, in Holland and France, and every weekend from Houston to New Orleans. Rusty Metoyer was immersed in Creole music from a young age. Both of his grandfathers were Creole musicians. However, he didn’t pick up the accordion until the age of 14 after both grandfathers had passed away and he felt that someone needed to keep the tradition going in the family. In 2010, his senior year of high school, he formed the band Rusty Metoyer and The Zydeco Krush.

 

Now 28, Metoyer and his band perform regularly in Louisiana and Texas for a wide variety of events including festivals, night clubs, trail rides, corporate events, casinos, cruises and private parties. What makes Metoyer’s music unique are the noticeable influences from many different genres such as funk, rock and roll, rhythm and blues, country, hip hop, and soul. Rusty Metoyer and The Zydeco Krush have released two albums: Take My Hand (2013) and In Due Time (2016). Metoyer is dedicated to preserving his Creole heritage and culture. He is also a member of the creole super group known as Creole United, featuring seasoned creole musicians Ed Poullard and Lawrence Ardoin. They are led by zydeco musicians Andre Thierry and Sean Ardoin.

 

Metoyer was presented the “Lasting Impression Award” in 2016 by the Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau and he won the “Best New Artist” award at the 5th Zydeco Music & Creole Heritage Awards Ceremony (March 2017). Metoyer was also cast in an episode on the Oprah Winfrey Network’s “Queen Sugar” as a zydeco musician.

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Rusty Metoyer – accordion, vocals

Andrew Fontenot – drums

Kaleb Leday (Zydeco Kid) – guitar

Cameron LaVan - rubboard

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Daiquiri Queens (USA)

 

 

Daiquiri Queens

 

A unique mix of musicians come together to form the Cajun power group, The Daiquiri Queens. Hailing from Lafayette area to New Orleans, this female-fronted group brings influences ranging from early-era Cajun standards performed with twin fiddles and haunting vocal harmonies sung in Louisiana French to today’s Cajun hits.

 

Formed out of old friendships and a love for traditional-style Cajun music, The Daiquiri Queens is Lafayette’s hottest new French Cajun band. With a deep appreciation for the music and culture, the Daiquiri Queens are here to stay.

 

Born out of close friendships and a mutual love of classic Cajun dance music, the Daiquiri Queens made their debut at the 2017 South Louisiana Blackpot Festival & Cookoff. They have since gone on to become local Louisiana favorites for late-night dances and major festivals alike, performing at The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, The Old Tone Roots Music Festival in upstate NY and Festival International de Louisiane in Lafayette.

 

Fronted by guitarists Jamie Lynn Fontenot and Miriam McCracken, the Daiquiri Queens bring a fresh new take and style to traditional Louisiana French music. Their sibling-like harmonies, paired with the seasoned playing of accordionist John Dowden and fiddler Tysman Charpentier, infuse their music with a homespun and energizing feel. Chelsea Moosekian provides the drums in the rhythm section.

The sextet’s debut album, produced by Chris Stafford of Feufollet, is set for release in 2020. The record is a perfect representation of the Daiquiri Queens’ sound — fun and upbeat interpretations of dancehall era two-steps and heartbroken waltzes featuring the Queens’ signature flair.

 

Jamie Lynn Fontenot - guitar/vocals 

Miriam McCracken - guitar/vocals

John Dowden - accordion/fiddle

Tysman Charpentier - fiddle

Chelsea Moosekia - drums

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Roddie Romero & Michael Juan Nunez (USA)

  
Michael Juan Nunez & Roddie Romero

Michael Juan Nunez and Roddie Romero, longtime friends from Lafayette, Louisiana will perform as a duo and play their version of Louisiana roots blues. Swamp Bluesmasters at its best.

 

Three times Grammy-Nominee Roddie Romero, performed in Yvette Landry's band at the ACBZF 2017. In 2018 we saw him with his trio. The audience was blown away by his guitar and accordion playing. But most of all the people liked his voice. Roddie lives and breathes the culture of South-Louisiana. From the love of his music to the dishes that simmer in his cast-iron pot. 

 

 

 

One of his oldest friends is Michael Juan Nunez, who performed solo at the ACBZF in 2019. A native  from Lafayette/Louisiana having released five CDs. His blues is fresh and wild. His songs are rooted in the tradition but he also reinvents the blues. No wonder that American filmmakers became aware of him and used his songs as soundtrack for the TV series 'True Blood'. He has performed with Henry Gray, Sonny Landreth, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Corey Harris, Doug Kershaw and the New Orleans legend Dr. John. He can often be heard in the band of Brother Dege.
In 2020 Roddie Romero and Michael Juan Nunez join the ACBZF. It will be a celebration for all blues guitarists.
"Bring on the Swamp Blues Masters!"
 

 

 

 

 

 
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