Fest Focus: Buckwheat Zydeco

by Van McNeil

One of the most recognized and influential talents in the zydeco world closes out the 2015 Festival International de Louisiane.

Stanley “Buckwheat” Dural of Carencro is one of the most recognized and influential talents in the zydeco world. As front-man for the Grammy- and Emmy-winning band Buckwheat Zydeco, he’s performed for a TV audience of 3 billion people during the closing ceremonies of the 1996 Summer Olympics.

The New York Times said, “Stanley ‘Buckwheat’ Dural leads one of the best bands in America. A down-home and high-powered celebration, meaty and muscular with a fine-tuned sense of dynamics…propulsive rhythms, incendiary performances.” Can’t argue with that. He’s collaborated on stage and in the studio with the likes of B.B. King, U2, Eric Clapton and Willie Nelson. Buckwheat Zydeco has had numerous television appearances including the Late Show with David Letterman, CNN, The Today Show, MTV, NBC News, CBS Morning News and National Public Radio’s Weekend Edition.

Just recently he raised more than $30,000 for a YouTube series in which we are given a behind-the-scenes look at the man and the band, as well as new and vintage performances throughout the years. It’s just another impressive evolution in Buckwheat’s almost 30-year career. This is the man who showed the world what zydeco music is, and he still puts on one hell of a show.

Buckwheat Zydeco with special guests Nathan Williams and Roddie Romero are scheduled to close the festival April 26 on the main stage. Check out the intro video for the Welcome to Buckwheat’s World series below.