This will be one of the notable events of the season for the Northeast Zydeco community, and a mighty swell party for everyone in Brattleboro VT! Stone Church will host the kickoff to our 2019 Carnival Season in Brattleboro, with this Two-fer Zydeco dance party featuring longtime local favorites Bayou X and Planet Zydeco. Nick Keil and I have been trying to find a host for this event for over a year now. Bayou X and Planet Zydeco have been good buds for over ten years running, but this will be the first time we’ve ever shared an event before the general public, and we couldn’t be more excited about it! While this should be a premier event for Zydeco Dancers (who will love the dance floor and acoustics here), as a matter of outreach, we are also casting it as an all purpose Mardi Gras party for the general public! There will be plenty of dance instruction and lots of friendly dance facilitators on hand to help everybody cop a groove. Planet Zydeco is of course, the more established Zydeco act around these parts. Bayou X has been evolving from more of a Cajun/Creole oriented band, to one that’s hitting every groove imaginable, from authentic Louisiana Cajun & Zydeco music to New Orleans Mardi Gras standards, to tunes from all over what I call the Creole Diaspora…. Global Creole dance music. This is gonna be a great party, and a great night for dancing late into the night! You don’t want to miss it! Tix will be $12 advance, $15 at the door. ($15/$18 if you prefer to watch from the balcony seats!)
Fri Feb 15, The Monadnock Center for History & Culture, in Peterborough NH, presents the music of regional favorites, BAYOU X, as part of its Music at Bass Hall Concert Series.
From Langdon NH & Brattleboro VT, Bayou X is southern VT/NH area’s unique high energy Cajun/Creole dance band, performing both original and traditional Cajun & Zydeco dance music of southwest Louisiana, as well as original and traditional music derived from the global Creole diaspora, including New Orleans R&B, Haitian Konpa & Twoubadou, Beguine & Kwadril of Martinique, Guadeloupe & St Lucia, Trinidadian calypso, West African Hi-Life, and an ever evolving variety of roots music genres.
Led by New Orleans native, Peter Simoneaux on fiddle & vocals and spouse/partner Linda Simoneaux on accordions & vocals, Bayou X plays driving, contemporary Cajun & Creole dance music, reflecting the full history of Louisiana French music, from classic Cajun 2-steps and waltzes, to old-time country music, the blues, zydeco, swamp pop, jazz, New Orleans R&B and Mardi Gras standards, and a whole panoply of pan-African and Caribbean musical genres. While Bayou X maintains a deep book of time tested tunes, its focus is increasingly on original music in a broad range of southern roots styles.
This concert will feature two 45 sets, from 7:30 - 9:30 pm. First set will feature acoustic music, "yesterday's songs re-imagined for today's times." Second set will be a dance set, to be preceded by a brief dance workshop.
For the second year running, Bayou X and Zydeco Connection will pair up for an exuberant Mardi Gras party on Saturday, March 2, at the always terrific Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center, right in the center of Greenfield VT. Cyndy Rose & Zydeco Connection are the local favorites in Greenfield. Bayou X, we’re the new band on the block for this crowd. But that suits us just fine. 2018 was a terrific party, and I’m sure 2019 will be too! Hawks & Reed is one of our favorite venues in Northern New England. Centrally located, it’s a first class facility with easy access to the I-91 corridor, which is to say, easy peasy for Zydeco dancers all over New England. We’ll be trading off sets here a couple times over the course of the evening, two sets per band, which keeps everything moving. Hawks & Reed will be serving good and affordable food in addition to their always A-1 bar service. Weather cooperating, I look for this party to be even better than the one we had last year, which is saying a lot! This is the Saturday before Fat Tuesday, what I call the High Mardi Gras Season. This party will definitely rock your socks off! You’ll want to be there, or be square! Tix will be $14 in advance, $18 at the door.
Friday January 5 is Twelfth Night in 2019, but this year, the Main Street Museum has decided to hold their annual Twelfth Night Party & Christmas Tree Burning on Friday Jan 11, which works out just fine for us, as it allows our other band, Celebration Brass Band, to host the first ever Twelfth Night Carnival Kickoff at the Club VT in Putney on Jan 5!
No matter, really…. We have had a blast playing this party at the Main Street Museum for going on five or six years now. It’s a family event. Bring your old Christmas tree for the bonfire, which usually starts around 6 pm. Host David Fairbanks Ford always makes some good and creative gumbo for this event, and not only that, he serves up a killer punch bowl on the side to boot. Live music and dance instruction start around 7 pm, depending on the crowd. This is a super informal event with the crowd moving back & forth between the the bonfire, the back deck, and the dance floor. Discriminating dancers will not turn their noses up at the dance floor here. It’s wood, well worn but still smooth, and cozy, like the dance floor at Fred’s Lounge might be, if Fred’s Lounge were owned by the Adams Family.
Early ending event. Rarely lasts beyond 10 pm. So come early, and have some some fun with us at WRJ’s unique cabinet of curiosities! Admission is usually by donation. $5 or $10; $20 Family price.
Up here in the north country, every year, Bayou X bandleader Pete Simoneaux, makes it a personal mission to remind everyone that the end of the holiday season… the Twelfth Night of Christmas… is also the beginning of that time of year known worldwide as Carnival Season!
As such, on Saturday, December 29, before the ball has even dropped on 2018, BAYOU X, will host a Carnival Tune-Up at the recently reopened, and rebranded Club VT (long known as The Putney Inn Restauarant). Having reopened earlier this Fall, Club VT has re-established itself as a general entertainment hub in Putney, featuring something for everybody…. affordable food and drinks seven days a week, live music on weekends, a variety of other activities weeknight, a game room with pool tables, multiple dining, banquet and function rooms, and a pervasive sense of hospitality. For more info on Club VT, check out their website at www.clubvt.com, or call them at 802-387-0090.
This event will feature the introduction of Bayou X’s 2019 lineup, featuring new addition Ben Carr on drums, joined by Pete & Linda on the usual stuff, and joined by longtime band members Luke Houk on bass and “Smiley” Bob Everingham on electric guitar. We expect this to be a high energy event with a good crowd of regulars and newbies on hand. At present, the dance floor here is still industrial carpet, but it’s a good, smooth and cushioned surface for dancing. Serious dancers will want to wear leather soled shoes! We’re sure to do some dance instruction during the course of the evening.
By policy of Club VT, cover for this event is only $5.00. Plus, the food & drinks here won’t break your bank! So come out and party with us, and let’s have some big fun!
In the manner of Thanks and Gratitude, Bayou X will be hosting a Post-Thanksgiving Potluck and Dance Party at the Mole Hill Theatre, Saturday, Nov 24. Potluck starting 7 pm. Dance instruction starting 7:30, followed immediately two sets of live music starting 7:45 or 8 pm. Another set of dance instruction before the second set. The dance instruction will be non-technical, geared towards the fundamentals of couple dancing for beginners.
Bayou X is the southern VT/NH borderlands’ premier Cajun/Zydeco/Global Creole dance band, playing both traditional and original dance music, as inspired by all the traditions where European and African cultures meet and intersect. Although Louisiana Cajun & Zydeco music are the crux of our sound, our repertoire also embraces the music of New Orleans, Haiti, the Lesser Antilles, Trinidad, West African Hi-Life music, Congolese soukous and more.
$12 cover for this event. The Mole Hill Theatre is located on Gilsum Mine Road in East Alstead, just across the town line from Gilsum NH.
Sat, March 3, Bayou X returns to the Mole Hill Theatre for it's 6th Almost Annual Mardi Gras Ball! 7 pm potluck. 8 pm parade introducing 2018's Mardi Gras Queen, Dakota Benedetto of the the LEAF School, and her Royal Court! Live music and dancing from 8 - 11 pm. In addition to the usual fun, Bayou X will be celebrating the release of its brand new CD, Your Mother Must Be... Something Special! This event has become a highlight of Mole Hill Theatre's annual season. $15, BYOB. $5 from every ticket to benefit the Fall Mountain Food Shelf.
Community Hope & Action presents a free Mardi Gras dinner & dance featuring the music of BAYOU X. 5 pm free dinner (bring potluck sides & desserts) followed by live music & dancing, 6 - 8 pm.
BAYOU X & Zydeco Connection team up in a double header Zydeco dance party, celebrating Mardi Gras 2018, at Hawks and Reed Performing Arts Center in the heart of Greenfield! Alternating sets, Bayou X, 7:30 & 9:30; Zydeco Connection, 8:30 & 9:45. Intermittent Zydeco dance instruction by Michael Pattavina. $12 advance, $16 day of show.
Hey, B.F. Homies, and especially you dancers... Come down to PK's Pub Saturday, Jan 13, and help us celebrate the start of the 2018 Carnival season, Bayou X Style! Pete & Linda Simoneaux on fiddle, accordion, vocals, with Dan Kasnitz, electric bass, Bob DeSena, drums, and special guests Nick Keil on electric guitar, Sharon Leslie on percussion. No cover!