Monthly event restores tradition in Zydeco Capital of the World

Zydeco Capital Jam, a monthly jam session for zydeco musicians and fans, kicks off from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 9 at the St. Landry Parish Visitor Center at I-49 exit 23, just north of Opelousas. Corey Ledet, a Grammy-nominated accordionist who has served as a teacher in UL Lafayette’s Traditional Music Program, will lead the jam.

Herman Fuselier, new executive director of the St. Landry Parish Tourist Commission, said the event is the region’s first zydeco jam session in nearly a decade.

“Cajun music jam sessions are held throughout St. Landry Parish and Acadiana,” said Fuselier. “But nowhere is there a jam session for zydeco music.

“The Zydeco Capital Jam would bring back a tradition we haven’t had since zydeco legend Roy Carrier died in 2010. Many great musicians came out of the Thursday night jams that Roy had at the Offshore Lounge in Lawtell.

“There’s no better place to revive the jams than the official Zydeco Music Capital of the World – Opelousas.”

Fuselier added the jam gives visitors and locals something to do after Saturday morning music events, such as the zydeco breakfasts in the area, and dances later that evening. The zydeco jam, set for the second Saturday of each month, would complement Jammin’ on the Bayou, a Cajun/country jam on the third Saturdays at the Visitor Center.