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Zydeco Music Swings Into Libraries in March

It comes off the bayous of Louisiana and out of the thickets of east Texas with the swing of a country fiddle, the scratch of a modified washboard called a frottoir, and the raucous squalling of an accordion. 

It’s zydeco music, and it will be presented by your Metropolitan Library System 12 concerts during the month of March.  Zydeco masters Leon Chavis and Joseph “Chopper” Chavis will be on hand to get your toes tapping and hands clapping.

“Zydeco isn’t pure Cajun and it isn’t pure blues,” said MLS Director of Outreach Services Dana Morrow, “but a combination of both with the emphasis on blues.  It’s a style of dance music, but if your idea of dancing is something like a fox trot, boy, are you going to be in for a pleasant surprise.”

Zydeco is so intense it has been called “the new salsa.”

“We’ve brought some outstanding musicians to Oklahoma City,” Morrow added, “but we’ve never sponsored concerts of any kind of music that will get you on your feet and moving like this music does.”

The Chavises father and son, from Lawtell, Louisiana, have been playing zydeco all their professional lives.  Leon fronts his own band, The Zydeco Flames, and is popular wherever zydeco is played, which this March will include Oklahoma City as he and his father present the Metropolitan Library System’s Spring Fling event for 2009. All performances are free but seating is limited.

For more information, please call the MLS Outreach Office at 405.606.3835. 

Sunday, March 15, 2pm and 2:45pm at the Downtown Library, 300 Park Avenue (231-8650)

Monday, March 16, noon at Ralph Ellison Library, 1918 NE 23rd (424-1437)

Monday, March 16, 7pm at Midwest City Library, 8143 E. Reno (732-4828)

Tuesday, March 17, 1pm at Southern Oaks Library, 6900 S. Walker (631-4468)

Tuesday, March 17, 7pm at Bethany Library, 3510 N. Mueller (789-8363)

Wednesday, March 18, 10:30am at Choctaw Library, 25235 Muzzy Street (390-8418)

Wednesday, March 18, 2pm at Warr Acres Library, 5901 NW 63rd (721-2616) 

Thursday, March 19, 1pm at The Village Library, 10307 N. Pennsylvania (755-0710)

Thursday, March 19, 7pm at Belle Isle Library, 5501 N. Villa (843-9601)

Friday, March 20, 10am at Edmond Library, 10 S. Boulevard (341-9282)

Friday, March 20, 1pm at Del City Library, 4509 SE 15th (672-1377)

The Metropolitan Library System of Oklahoma County includes 12 libraries and five extension libraries.  Libraries include Belle Isle, Capitol Hill, Ralph Ellison, Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library and Southern Oaks in Oklahoma City, as well as Bethany, Choctaw, Del City, Edmond, Midwest City, Village and Warr Acres.  Extensions are located in the communities of Harrah, Jones, Luther and Nicoma Park and include Wright Library in Oklahoma City.  You can also reach us at www.metrolibrary.org.