The undisputed boss of zydeco, Keith Frank, released his latest album last week. Live in Mamou Vol. 1 makes for a great time capsule for the present-day Soileau Zydeco Band concert experience. Frank’s backing group has much in common with those who performed alongside the Godfather of Soul, James Brown. The heavy-hitting party band is fun and inviting as it is tight and focused as an orchestra.
The record also serves as a sort of greatest hits collection for the singer and accordionist. Several of his most famous songs like “Have Mercy” and “Playa 4 Life” get updated arrangements on the 12 track album. The setlist proves that Frank has way more to offer than just his massive, decade long regional hit “Haterz.”
Frank is a direct product of what pioneers like Clifton Chenier and Boozoo Chavis started nearly a century ago—modernized Creole music for Creole people. Mixing traditional sounds with medleys of pop standards haven’t only kept dancers stepping, but also helped bring us together. Upbeat guitar strokes and icon status aren’t the only things similar between The Boss and reggae legend Bob Marley. Frank’s music is infectious and hypnotic while it’s uplifting with his weaving undertone message of peace and love.
I’m featuring Live in Mamou Vol. 1 for this week’s playlist. You’ll hear live versions of Frank staples like “Have Mercy,” “I’m Just a Hustla” and the Stephen Stills penned, “Love the One You’re With.” You’ll also hear “Dreaming Again,” the latest single from Zachary Richard, and vintage live cut from his 1980 release Live in Montréal. Tracks by Major Handy, the Hub City All-Stars, and Jourdan Thibodeaux fill out the rest of the mix for this edition of Lafayette Weekly.
Live stream concerts and live music in Lafayette this week
Monday, August 10 at 8:00pm
Monday Night Live feat. the Good Dudes
Thursday, August 13 at 8:00pm
Major Handy and Lee Allen Zeno
Friday, August 14 at 6:00pm
Sarah Russo Trio
Olde Tyme Grocery
Saturday, August 15 at 8:00pm
Eric Adcock and Chad Viator of the Hub City All-Stars