May 29, 1998 |
It can certainly be said that Stanley "Buckwheat" Doral Jr. grew up in his hometown of Lafeyette, La., inundated with the zydeco tradition. But it cannot be said that he liked it very much, which seems strange for a man who adopted the sounds of zydeco at a relatively late stage in life and went on to form the highly praised group Buckwheat Zydeco, which will perform Saturday at the Trump Marina. Doral - "You can call me Buck, you can call me Stanley, you can call me anything you want" - even learned to play the accordion, a key instrument in the zydeco sound.
December 9, 1988 |
"I wish my dad had hit me up side my head a few times, when I was a kid and refused to play the accordion. " So muses Stanley "Buckwheat" Dural Jr., leader of the powerhouse Buckwheat Zydeco band performing Sunday night at TLA. "Only years later did I get some sense knocked into me. " Growing up in Lafayette, La. (and nicknamed against his will after the "Our Gang" character), the now-41-year-old Dural went through a period of rejecting his family's Creole culture. He snubbed his father's beloved accordion and the "French-style" parties where zydeco music was played.
June 10, 1988 |
Society Hill's hippest nightspot, Revival, might do well to adopt a new promotional slogan: The Buckwheat Stops Here. At their Philadelphia debut in February, and two shows last night, Lafayette, Louisiana's, Buckwheat Zydeco drew enthusiastic, packed houses. In a city where a rinky-dink ukulele rendition of "Oh, Dem Golden Slippers" is prized as swinging traditional music, the zesty Acadian hootenanny of Stanley "Buckwheat" Dural and his eight-man band brings the townsfolk out in droves.
May 18, 2007 |
Buckwheat Zydeco was only 9 when he slipped in the back entrance of a Lafayette, La., nightclub to watch Fats Domino perform in the summer of 1957. The youngster, born Stanley Joseph Dural Jr., says he knew from that evening that he'd be a professional musician himself someday and ideally one who, like Fats, could mesmerize a crowd. "If people don't get up and dance at one of my shows, I know something's wrong," says the 59-year-old Louisiana-based musician, who launches the Stockton Goes to the Beach summer concert series in Ocean City on July 2. "Music brings people together - to me, that's the reward.
July 7, 2010
8 tonight CHANNEL 12 Stanley "Buckwheat" Dural Jr. (right) and his band, Buckwheat Zydeco, are the pre-eminent ambassadors of Louisiana zydeco music. Dural's energy and talent are on display at this gig at Sellersville Theater 1894 in Bucks County.
May 25, 1998 |
Payton Faries, 5, cools her feet in the water at Penn's Landing during the 13th annual Jam on the River. Tonight, blues singers Koko Taylor and Ruth Brown will be featured, along with the music of Buckwheat Zydeco to welcome summer to the city.
May 25, 1998 |
The 13th annual Jam on the River was in full swing over the weekend. Tonight, blues singers Koko Taylor and Ruth Brown will be featured, along with the New Orleans-bred music of Buckwheat Zydeco.
May 27, 1990 |
They came, clapped, foot-tapped and got a little wet as the fifth annual Jambalaya Jam was launched yesterday at Penn's Landing. Billed as an all- weather event, the show did go on with some of the biggest performers in zydeco and New Orleans rhythm and blues music. Food with a Louisiana touch also is part of the program. The festival continues today from 1 to 10 p.m. and tomorrow from 1 to 9 p.m. Tickets are $9 at the gate for adults, $1 for children 2-12. Among today's acts: Olympia Brass Band, Buckwheat Zydeco, Irma Thomas, Beausoleil, Pete Fountain, Heavenly Blend and the Treme Brass Band.
July 19, 1991 |
What do B.B. King, Johnny Winter, Albert Collins, Elvin Bishop, Charles Brown, James Cotton and Buckwheat Zydeco have in common? They're among the 20 acts, both national and local, scheduled to perform at the city's fourth annual RiverBlues festival at Penn's Landing next weekend. Besides the nonstop music, there will be blues workshops, jam sessions, a cruise on the Delaware River, an exhibition of photographs of blues artists and, of course, lots of food. Tickets, good for any one day, cost $10 for adults in advance through July 26, $14 day of show.
January 28, 2005 |
With Mardi Gras just around the corner, it's fitting that some of Louisiana's hottest musical exponents are visiting the area. The biggest name is Buckwheat Zydeco, a.k.a. Stanley "Buckwheat" Dural Jr., who will get the party atmosphere going with his band Saturday night at Warmdaddy's. Dural's relentlessly propulsive music, blended with strains of contemporary rock and R&B, brought zydeco its greatest exposure. The singer-accordionist's commercial fortunes may have ebbed, but he remains a popular and dynamic live performer.