The Buckwheat Zydeco performance on Wednesday, February 20 will not take place because of health concerns.
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GRAMMY AWARD-WINNING ZYDECO MASTER STANLEY "BUCKWHEAT" DURAL, JR. BEING TREATED FOR EARLY STAGE CANCER
EXPECTED TO MAKE A FULL RECOVERY
Grammy Award-winning singer and accordionist Stanley "Buckwheat" Dural, Jr., leader of Buckwheat Zydeco, is being treated for early stage cancer on his left lung and a vocal cord. Dural will begin treatment immediately and doctors expect a full recovery. Buckwheat Zydeco will postpone current concert dates, but expects to return to touring this summer. "I feel fine," says Dural. "I'll beat this and be back on the road soon. And you can take that to your best bank!"
Dural -- along with his band Buckwheat Zydeco -- is the preeminent ambassador of Louisiana zydeco music.He and his band have played presidential inaugurals and have performed on national television -- including multiple appearances on The Late Show With David Letterman and other major TV shows. They have played with the Boston Pops, were featured in the closing ceremonies of the Atlanta Olympics, and opened one of Eric Clapton's entire North American tours. The New York Times says, "Stanley 'Buckwheat' Dural leads one of the best bands in America." His 2009 Alligator Records CD Lay Your Burden Down, produced by Los Lobos' Steve Berlin, received the Grammy Award for Best Zydeco Or Cajun Music Album.
Stanley "Buckwheat" Dural, Jr. was born in Lafayette, Louisiana in 1947. His father was an accomplished, non-professional traditional Creole accordion player, but young Buckwheat preferred listening to and playing R&B. He became proficient at the organ, and by the late 1950s was backing Joe Tex, Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown and many others. In 1971 he formed a 16-piece funk band, Buckwheat and The Hitchhikers. Never a traditional zydeco fan when growing up, Buckwheat nonetheless accepted an invitation in 1976 to join Clifton Chenier's Red Hot Louisiana Band as organist. He quickly discovered the joy and power of zydeco music, and marveled at the effect the music had on the audience.
Buckwheat's relationship with the legendary Chenier led him to take up the accordion in 1978. After woodshedding for a year, he felt ready to start his own band under the name Buckwheat Zydeco, and began his recording career. Albums for Blues Unlimited, Black Top and Rounder followed. Buckwheat befriended New York-based journalist Ted Fox (who would later become his manager). Fox championed Buckwheat to Chris Blackwell at Island Records, and Buckwheat soon received a multi-record deal. He has toured the world and played with numerous music legends, including Paul Simon, Keith Richards, Robert Plant, Willie Nelson, Mavis Staples and many others.
Fans can leave messages and greetings for Dural on his Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/BuckwheatZydeco?ref=ts&fref=ts.