A not-to-miss event during the Lake Placid Blues and Heritage Festival is the Sunday Zydeco Brunch featuring Zydegroove. Join us on Sunday, June 21st from 10 am to 2 pm at the Cabin Grill on Main Street for brunch and a knee slapping, two-stepping good time. With roots straight out of the heart of Louisiana Cajun Country, ZydeGroove plays a Deep Groovin’ Zydeco with “Old-School” flavor. The band has a great repertoire culled from years of immersion in Cajun and Zydeco — it’s a mix of good old zydeco that’s a blast to dance to.
The musical careers of the band’s six members are long and deep in both Cajun and Zydeco. Band Leader Laren Droll has been playing accordion for 25 years and with many bands over the years including Dirty Rice, Flames of Hell, Krewe de la Rue, and Bunkhouse Boys (a new Cajun trio). Fiddler Roger Weiss honed his skills playing in the Cajun duo Cleoma’s Ghost, and is now active in the Cajun band Krewe de la Rue and the Cajun trio Bunkhouse Boys. Gary Graeff on electric guitar learned to play as a youth in Lafayette, Louisiana. Born to a Cajun Mom, Gary is a fine drummer in addition to his prodigious skills on guitar. Gary has played with the likes of Chuck Berry, Big Mama Thornton, Jimmy C Newman, Rufus Thibadeaux, Steve Riley, Joel Savoy, Jesse Lege, and numerous other bands. Alan Bradbury is one of the coolest bass players around, especially for zydeco. Alan also plays accordion and fronts the band Magnolia. Doug Chapman on drums has played with many bands over the years such as Little Ann and Hot Cayenne. Maggie McManus is known as a fabulous zydeco dancer as well as long time rubboard star of Dirty Rice, Krewe de la Rue, and ZydeGroove.