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Mendo Lake Family Life

Zippy Zydeco

Andre Thierry grew up listening to Louisiana Zydeco greats playing at dances that his French-Creole grandparents put on at their Northern California church. Now he’s a Grammy-nominated accordion player who has created music that the Washington Post says “can’t be lumped into Zydeco’s old-school R&B-influenced camp or its nouveau, rap-inspired one: [Thierry] and his band lay down both soulful, traditional slow-dances and bottom-end-booming kinetic grooves.” The musician will be bringing his unique sound to the Kelseyville Kickin’ in the Country Street Dance on August 1, 7–10 p.m. The performance is part of a series that will include Billy Watson playing harmonica-fueled blues on August 15, 7–10 p.m. Both concerts are free and in downtown Kelseyville. For more information, see