Curley Taylor and Zydeco Trouble take stage Friday

By By Cliff Seiber / American Press

Downtown at Sundown continues Friday evening on Ryan Street with the zydeco sounds of Curley Taylor and Zydeco Trouble.

Food, drink, arts and crafts, and merchandise booths will be available at 5:30 p.m., and the band will play on the main stage,

between Broad and Pujo streets, 6:15-9 p.m.

Curley Taylor, based in Sunset, wants everybody to come out and have a good time.

“We add a lot of rock ’n’ roll and soul sounds to our zydeco music,” he told the American Press in a telephone interview this week. “It’s still danceable, but you can hear the difference in my singing and the band playing


Curley Taylor and Zydeco Trouble has been playing together for nine years.

“I have always been into music,” he said. “My dad’s band is Jude Taylor and his Burning Flames.”

Curley played drums with his dad’s band

until he branched out into other groups. He has played with such

headliners as C.J.

Chenier, Geno Delafosse, C.C. Adcock and Buckwheat Zydeco. On the

way, he picked up other instruments, including accordion,

which is his principal device today.

Taylor is backed up by Joe Mitchell of New Iberia, bass; Korey Nonette of Beaumont, Texas, drums; Ray Mouton of Lafayette,

guitar; and Matthew Roberts of Grand Coteau.

The band has put out four CDs, the last “Heart and Soul” in 2009. The group plans to get in the studio this week to start

on a new one.

Next week members will fly to Connecticut for the Blast from the Bayou zydeco festival at Strawberry Park, then on to other

gigs in Iowa, Pennsylvania and elsewhere in the U.S. The band has played in the Netherlands and Brazil and has received an

offer for another tour to Europe, Taylor said.

The 700 and 800 blocks of Ryan Street will be blocked off to traffic, but all cross streets will remain open.