THE SOUNDS OF SOUTHWEST LOUISIANA
Yvette Landry & Roddie Romero
5377 N College Ave
Indianapolis, IN, 46220
Doors 5:00 PM / Show 6:30 PM
Yvette Landry & Roddie Romero
Yvette & Roddie will cover the sounds of Southwest Louisiana ranging from original tunes to Cajun, Swamp Pop, Zydeco, Louisiana Honky-tonk , Swing and a little bit of Rock n Roll.
Grammy nominated Musician. Author. Educator. Interpreter. That’s a lot of different hats for one person to wear; yet Yvette seems to be making it work.
Yvette Landry grew up in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, not far from the levees of the Atchafalaya Basin, North America’s largest swampland. It was in and around that swamp where she learned an appreciation for the music, dance, stories and language of her Cajun culture.
After earning a master’s degree in education and developing a successful teaching career, she began telling stories through song. Playing a variety of instruments in several Cajun bands, Yvette also fronts her own band, The Yvette Landry Band.
Her debut award-winning album titled “Should Have Known” was released in 2010. Over the past several years, Yvette has traveled the world and played countless cultural festivals and venues – from the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival to the Bluebird Café in Nashville. She toured Russia and served as a Cultural Ambassador on behalf of the Library of Congress to perform at the Festival of Traditional American Music, and has graced the stage at both the Library of Congress and John F. Kennedy Center of Performing Arts in Washington, DC.
By day, Yvette is an educator, teaching American Sign Language at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and at camps such as Festival of American Fiddle Tunes, Voice Works @ Centrum, Ashoken Fiddle and Dance Camp, Cajun/Creole Week @ Augusta Heritage Center and Louisiana Folk Roots Camp.
By night, Yvette is a musician/singer/songwriter who continues to tour worldwide as a multi-instrumentalist in several bands including Yvette Landry Band, the Lafayette Rhythm Devils, and Les Ferrailles. She has performed with Darrell Scott, Rhonda Vincent, and most recently with Vince Gill and The Time Jumpers.
Elected as Governor to the Memphis Chapter of the Recording Academy, Board Member of Louisiana Folk Roots and acting Director of their summer Cajun & Creole Music Kids Camp, Yvette strives to bring cultures and traditions together.
Since her debut CD in 2010, Yvette has released three more CD’s: “No Man’s Land” with a host of friends lending a helping hand (Bill Kirchen, Cindy Cashdollar, Dirk Powell, just to name a few), “Me & T-Coe’s Country” and “Oh What A Silent Night” (Valcour Records) with pedal steel ace, Richard Comeaux. Her first children’s book, “The Ghost Tree,” was nominated for “Louisiana’s Young Reader’s Choice Award.” And more recently, her new book, “Madame Grand Doigt,” along with “The Ghost Tree,” were formally accepted into the Library of Congress Collection for Children’s Literature.
Her most current project, Yvette Landry & The Jukes featuring Roddie Romero, recently completed their first recording session at the world-famous Dockside Studio in Maurice, Louisiana. Her 5th CD, Louisiana Lovin’, is in stores now!
Born, raised, and currently residing in Lafayette, Roddie Romero lives and breathes South Louisiana culture. His passion for authenticity shows in multiple aspects of his life, from his music with The Hub City All Stars to what’s cooking in his cast-iron black pot. But before the celebrated front man had a Grammy nomination and multiple world tours under his belt, he was witnessing the magic of Cajun and zydeco music in his own backyard. Romero’s grandfather would play the accordion at the family’s weekly Sunday gathering. When he was finished, he would pass off the accordion to Romero, who would spend the rest of day teaching himself how to play the sounds he had previously heard. Soon after, his father purchased an accordion for Romero and his brother.
Although he was underage, Romero sought out Cajun and zydeco performances at clubs and was enamored with local legends like Buckwheat Zydeco. His dedication paid off and Romero quickly became a local legend himself as a professional touring musician while still attending high school.
As a teenager, Romero had built up a name for himself as an internationally touring musician and other young musicians had taken notice. He was introduced to keyboardist Eric Adcock through his brother, and the two quickly bonded over musical influences like Clifton Chenier, Fats Domino and Otis Redding. The two started a lifetime musical friendship and The Hub City All Stars over 28 years ago.
Today, Roddie Romero has a unique take on traditional Louisiana roots music, the band has an unconventional approach to live performances. Romero tailors each performance to energy of the crowd—and nothing is off limits. It’s an organically creative experience.
Regardless of whom Roddie is performing with, or what type of music he’s playing, you can be sure that he’ll give you a sense of place. And that place is Lafayette, Louisiana.