Lil’ Nathan & The Zydeco Big Timers, from New Orleans
Lil Nathan, aka Nathan Williams, Jr., a Zydeco performer from New Orleans, Louisiana, started playing rubbord (washboard) at age 5 with his father, Nathan Williams, Sr., in the band Nathan and the Zydeco Cha Chas. Lil Nathan moved on to drums and accordion and recorded his first album, Zydeco Ballin, with the Big Timers at age 14. A master of the single note and triple row accordion and long-time favorite on the Zydeco circuit, Lil Nate studied jazz at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and currently teaches in UL’s traditional music program as part of the Tommy Comeaux Endowed Chair in Traditional Music. He has performed at Mercedes-Benz Superdome, home of the NFL’s New Orleans Saints, the Super Bowl, NCAA Football Championships and other major events.
Mono Blanco: Son Jarocho from Veracruz, Mexico
Founded in 1997, Mono Blanco performs and studies traditional forms of Son Jarocho, a regional folk form of Mexican “son” music from Veracruz. It takes its name from “jarocho,” a colloquial term for people from Veracruz. The music blends indigenous, Spanish, and African sounds performed by an ensemble. One of the main instruments is small guitar called a jarana. Songs are often exchanges of improvised verses called décimas, meant to tease or provoke in jest.
Here’s what’s happening on all three stages.
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