Zydeco great Nathan Williams ready to take the stage

NORWICH – First it was a taste of rock and soul thanks to Eric Lindell, followed by the legendary big band sound of the Glenn Miller Orchestra. Next up? That unique musical genre that provides southern Louisiana with a signature soundtrack all its own, known worldwide as zydeco. That’s what’s in store on Thursday when the Chenango Blues Association presents the third installment of its annual Summer Concert Series, featuring Nathan Williams and the Zydeco Cha-Chas from 7 to 9 p.m. in West Park.

Featuring lead man Nathan Williams on accordion, guitarist Dennis Paul Williams (his brother), Mark Williams on rubboard (his cousin) and a re-configured drums and bass rhythm section, the band will perform its worldly blend of zydeco-flavored roots music, guaranteed – according to the accomplished accordion player – to get people up and dancing.

Influenced and inspired by the likes of zydeco legends Clifton Chenier and Buckwheat Zydeco since he was a child, Williams explained that zydeco’s appeal is in its diversity and unique combination of musical genres, whether it’s blues, funk, soul or even rock-n-roll. Mix all that with a little New Orleans’ Cajun flavor and you’ve got a recipe for success.

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