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Booking The Band
Book the full dance band or request a smaller configuration for a more intimate affair. Weddings, Parties, Clubs, Festivals, Restaurants, Dance Halls, Schools, Concerts, Conventions, etc. Song sample cd or cassettes and promo package available on request.
Email the Zydeco Zippers at
J.T. Whitney Phone (805)452 4163
or Ralph (805) 969-2901
401 Lambert Rd. Carpinteria, CA 93013
Order our first CD ("Zip It Up",Out of print),or our recently released CD "Zip This" by mail.
Many of our satisfied customers say this music helps them Zip through tedious tasks.
CD $16 direct from the Zippers ... includes tax and shipping.
To hear sound samples and place credit card orders ($15 CD's),
click on CD below to go to the Seven South music site:
Les Flammes D'Enfer - (The Flames of Hell) - Traditional
Swamp Fire - Words and Music: Michael Frey. A haunting ode to an impossible phenomenon that came from a premonition which came to pass.
Let Me Be Your - Words and Music: J. T. Whitney. Listen to the catchy lyrics of love expressed through this parody of familiar southern words.
Go To The Mardi Gras - Roy Byrd
Just One More Day - Words: Frey, Music: Whitney. The wail of love lost is a frequent Cajun theme and no better expressed than in these melancholy lyrics.
C'est Fou - Words and Music: Michael Frey
'Tit Yeux Noir - Tradional
Blame It On The Zydeco - Words and Music: Michael Frey
File Gumbo And Crawfish Pie - Words and Music: J.T. Whitney
Zip This - Words and Music: J. T. Whitney
Why You Wanna Make Me Cry - Traditional
Grand Mamou - Traditional
Cajun music features the button Cajun accordion and triangle, which are traditional Cajun musical instruments. Cajun often has ‘love lost’ lyrics, sung in Cajun French, with uplifting melodies. Two Step, Waltz, and Cajun Swing dance rhythms are typical.
Zydeco is largely upbeat two-step rhythms, born at about the same time as Cajun music but more from the Creole culture. It presently incorporates R&B, Jazz, Blues and Urban Soul. Some of its distinctive Afro-Caribbean sound comes from a percussion instrument known as the frottoir (rubboard or washboard), played with metal scrapers. The word ‘Zydeco’ is the phonetic rendering of the first two words of the French phrase "les haricots sont pas sales," which means "the snap beans aren’t salted," (we are too poor to buy saltpork to season the beans), but there is no misery in this music. It accommodates every dance style and has the "best dancers and liveliest music in America", says Time magazine.
People who hear our band play, often ask what part of Louisiana we are from. They have a hard time understanding that our band members are Californians who have adopted this infectious dance music and passionately enjoy spreading "the fever". We have witnessed a narrowing of the generation gap at most events with both young and old participating.
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