Dance music with Bayou flair

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Past Event

Dikki Du and the Zydeco Krewe, zydeco

  • Friday, May 29, 2009, 10 p.m.
  • Old Town Pub & Restaurant, 600 Lincoln Ave., Steamboat Springs
  • 21+ / Free

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The most memorable show of Troy "Dikki Du" Carrier's musical life came a little early.

"I was 9 years old the first time I played with a band," Carrier said, also recalling the first night he played in a bar. "My dad's washboard player didn't show up, and he came and got me out bed. It was the best time of my life."

Based out of Lawtell, La., the Carrier family has been carrying on the Bayou zydeco tradition for decades; the family's zydeco musicians span three decades. Dikki Du Carrier played with his father, Roy, and his brother "Chubby" Carrier in a band for years before striking out on his own about 10 years ago.

Carrier picked up an accordion and practiced for about a year before putting together Dikki Du and the Zydeco Krewe. The band plays today at the Old Town Pub.

Zydeco has its own feel, Carrier said, one that can't be compared to other styles of music.

Loosely defined, zydeco is a Creole-rooted music that usually relies on accordion and washboard to produce dance songs with a light feel.

"It's been playing in Louisiana for over 50 years, and now the music is spread around the world. People are actually finding out about zydeco music," Carrier said.

In Louisiana, the style sticks to its roots. On the road, Dikki Du and the Zydeco Krewe incorporate blues, rock 'n' roll, reggae and funk, Carrier said.

The band's set at the Old Town Pub will be its first in Steamboat Springs. Carrier said to expect a lot of dance room - zydeco is the kind of music that makes you want to dance, whether that means two-stepping or something else, he said.

"You just do what you feel, you get up and shake it. ... It's just all about having a great time," Carrier said.

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