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Buckwheat Zydeco

Louisiana Zydeco

Concert Date: May 29, 1998
Venue: Inter-Media Art Center (IMAC), Huntington, NY
I mixed: Monitors (5 mixes)

Technical Stuff

Guitar, bass, drums, rub board, sax, accordion, and keyboards were the instruments on stage.   They used IMAC's drums, bass rig, and JC-120 guitar amp.  They brought Buck's keyboard rig and accordion, as well as his accordion amplifier.  Sound check went smoothly, with Buck's front-of-house engineer Jimmy Mouton doing a great job helping to get everything in shape before hand.  Everybody took a nice dinner break before the show, and we were all ready to go.


Buckwheat Zydeco is the stage name that is used by Stanley Dural, Jr.  Don't ask me where it came from, I never did find out.  One can be sure that the "Zydeco" part of Buckwheat's name came from the type of Louisiana music that he is known for.  There are many types of music that were born in the United States, and they all have very unique roots in mixtures of different styles.  The Zydeco flavor of music that comes from the southern part of the U.S. has some similarities to Cajun music, and seems to have mixed in a bunch of French, Cajun, and blues.  Whatever it is, somehow it makes your feet tap when you hear it.

This was about the 5th or 6th time Buckwheat has appeared at IMAC, and probably the 3rd or 4th time I have mixed monitors for him there.  I also mixed monitors for him at another show in the area.  He and his band put on an outstanding show as usual!   Unlike some other accordion-based bands, he has a wide range of styles, and goes from soft and thoughtful to loud and bouncy.  His "squeeze-box" has an incredible range of sound, and easily filled the room.  But the blend between all of the instruments was also very good, and there was none of the "I think I've heard enough" syndrome you can get from some concerts.

The audience was up and dancing for most of the show, and Buckwheat even invited some audience members up on the front of the stage to dance.  They played 2 sets of about 45 minutes, took a 20 minute intermission in between.  The audience gave a very long standing ovation at the end of the show, and Buckwheat graciously singed autographs after the show.  The band assured me that they had a great time playing at IMAC.   Everybody left a winner!

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