Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Buckwheat Zydeco and Ils Son Partis Band

Buckwheat Zydeco and Ils Son Partis Band is the band led by Stanley “Buckwheat” Dural, Jr. (born in Lafayette, Louisiana on November 14, 1947). He is an American accordionist and zydeco performer. He is one of the few zydeco artists to achieve mainstream success. The New York Times says, “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.” USA Today calls him “a zydeco trailblazer."

Over the course of 30 years, Buckwheat Zydeco has performed with a large number of famous musicians from Eric Clapton (with whom Buckwheat also recorded) and U2 to The Boston Pops. The band performed at the closing ceremonies of the 1996 Summer Olympics to a worldwide audience of three billion people. Buckwheat performed for President Clinton twice, celebrating both of his inaugurations. The band has appeared on The Late Show With David Letterman, CNN, The Today Show, MTV, NBC News, CBS Morning News, National Public Radio’s Weekend Edition.