Zydeco a 'gumbo' of musical influences

July 27, 2006|by JULIE E. GREENE

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -Nathan Williams Sr. says his zydeco music is like a gumbo.

"There's a little bit of everything in my music," says Williams, who lives in Lafayette, La., and plays accordion for the accordion-driven dance music that include blues and R&B influences.

"Put it on on a Saturday morning, and if you don't get up and shake a leg, call the undertaker, because you're dead," he says.

Nathan & the Zydeco Cha Chas will perform at The Capitol Theatre tonight. The Cumberland Valley School of Music is presenting the concert thanks to sponsorship from zydeco fans Don and Linda Diehl of Chambersburg, says Andrew Sussman, the school's executive director.


"They're recognized as one of the top zydeco bands in the world," Sussman says.

Sussman says the music is very danceable, and that's exactly what Williams hopes to see - people dancing in the theater.

"We sound like a 30-piece (orchestra). We got so much stuff coming out," Williams says.

If you go ...

WHAT: Nathan & the Zydeco Cha Chas

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. today

WHERE: The Capitol Theatre, 159 S. Main St., Chambersburg, Pa.

COST: $15, general admission; $8, students in kindergarten through 12th grade.

DIRECTIONS: Take Interstate 81 north to exit for U.S. 30. Turn left off exit onto U.S. 30. At the square, turn left on Main Street (U.S. 11) and go 1 1/2 blocks. The theater will be on the right. Parking is along the street and in nearby lots.

MORE: For advance tickets and more information, call 717-261-1220. Or buy tickets at the door tonight.

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