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Ardoin cousins ​​to lead next Zydeco Capital Jam

Accordionists continue rich family tradition in La. music

Accordion aces Dexter Ardoin and Mark Ardoin will lead the Zydeco Capital Jam from 1-3pm in July
13 at the St. Landry Parish Visitor Center, I-49 exit 23, in Opelousas. Since February 2019, the traffic jam
provided professional musicians, newcomers and seasoned players the opportunity to share and learn zydeco songs
the cradle of music, St. Landry Parish.
Dexter Ardoin, who specializes in traditional zydeco, represents one of the most respected families in
Louisiana music. He is a descendant of the legendary accordionist Amede’ Ardoin, whose highly influential
Recordings from the 1920s and 1930s laid the foundation for Creole and Cajun music.
Dexter’s grandfather, Alphonse “Bois Sec” Ardoin, earned a National Heritage Fellowship during his
60 years as a world-famous Creole accordionist. Dexter’s late father, Morris, and uncles were
dancehall favourites such as the Ardoin Brothers band.
Mark Ardoin, Dexter’s cousin, grew up in Elton in a family of self-taught accordionists.
From the age of three, Mark learned to play his father’s Acadian accordion, made by the pioneer builder Marc Savoy
from Eunice.
Mark Ardoin is a regular contributor to the Zydeco Capital Jam, which is free to attend. The event is
open to all musicians and fans.
For more information, visit the St. Landry Parish Tourist Commission website: cajuntravel.com.

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