Cajun & Zydeco
Performing on Haste St at Telegraph, 2:30 - 4:30 pm
Bayou Noir plays danceable Cajun & Zydeco, favoring traditional Louisiana 2-steps and waltzes. They generate a lot of energy, inspiring smiles and foot tapping in all ages and driving the dance crowd. Adding to the fun at Berkeley World Music Festival, the audience (kids and adults) will be invited to play along on guest percussion instruments including washboards.
Bayou Noir are all long-term music veterans and members of the Bay Area’s Cajun and Zydeco musical community.
Dwight Shackelford, (Cajun Accordion, Vocals) currently fronts Bayou Noir and Les Amis Zydeco. Originally from deep bayou Houma, LA., Dwight honed his chops on Louisiana music in the vibrant Bay Area. His years as a dancer influence his choice of songs. He plays the classics of Cajun and Old School Zydeco and some originals. Dwight says with Bayou Noir “I wanted to experiment with pairing. We are Backporch, but solid, having fun driving the dancin’ crowd.”
Haywood Douressear (rubboard) says “I was born in Swords La, grew up in Eunice, LA. I grew up in the creole culture and spoke french/creole as a child. I heard and saw Zydeco players at an early age in the local night clubs and some street performers, and am currently exposed to the music of my two cousins, local musicians Andrew Carriere and Dwight Carrier. I love the beat and the energy generated by zydeco music. Besides being an avid dancer, I also managed "Henry Clement and the Gumbo Band" for 3 years. Rubboard is my latest adventure.”
Tom Stewart, (guitar) attended his first Zydeco dance, featuring Queen Ida, in 1976 and finally jumped into the East Bay Cajun and Zydeco scene in 2006. Tom says “I have a huge appreciation for the people, music and dance of Southern Louisiana and totally appreciate being in a band with two cats from that state! It's nice to get away to the Bayou, for a change. I've studied Americana and blues guitar in the past, and am currently enjoying, absorbing and playing the Cajun and Zydeco guitar styles. Sam Broussard (Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys) has been one of my teachers.”