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Preston Frank & Big Daddy Zydeco w/Jim Miller's Demijohn - Harmony House

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Get ready, because Preston’s coming back … Preston Frank & Big Daddy Zydeco … Check em out at Lilac Fest 2010 -

Well just who is Big Daddy Zydeco? We all know he’s Preston Frank, one of the last of seasoned Creole style of accordion players and father of Keith Frank who is without a doubt one of the top young Zydeco performers in Louisiana today. But beyond Preston, Big Daddy Zydeco is a collaboration between Preston Frank and former members of Donna the Buffalo, a band deeply influenced by Preston – Jim Miller/guitar and Jed Greenberg/bass, who’ve played with Preston countless times over the years at festivals and on tour while with Donna the Buffalo. The late night / all night Zydeco Dance tent at the Grass Roots Festival is legendary for countless reasons. A piece of the legend flows from the lock in groove Preston held with Jim and Jed. When I told Preston about the possibility of this tour his eyes lit up with excitement. He knew the musical possibilities were rich. He was also excited by the unknown, by bringing together these musicians with such deep connection and letting it flow, Preston knew magical things are bound to happen. Be there for the excitement. Be there for the magic. Be there for Big Daddy Zydeco … Preston Frank.

BTW - Special treat!!! Opening the show will be Jim Miller’s alt-country, honky tonk band “Demijohn” (30 minute set)

BAND MEMBERS OF Big Daddy Zydeco and Demijohn:
- Jim Miller – Guitar - Donna the Buffalo, Jim Lauderdale, Tara Nevins, Preston Frank and Big Daddy Zydeco, Rough Gems, Demijohn.
- Jed Greenberg - Bass - Donna the Buffalo, Jim Lauderdale, Tara Nevins, Preston Frank and Big Daddy Zydeco, Carol Elizabeth Jones, TurtleDuhks, Rough Gems, Demijohn.
- Rosie Newton – Fiddle - Richie Stearns, Evil City String Band, The Pearly Snaps, Ferintosh (internationally touring Celtic band)
- Ryan Cady – Drums – Horse Flies, Boy with a Fish, Hubcap, Preston Frank and Big Daddy Zydeco, Mary Lorson & Saint Low, Rough Gems, Demijohn.
- Thomas Bryan Eaton – Guitar and Petal Steel Guitar - Miss Tess, Yvette Landry, Donna the Buffalo, Preston Frank and Big Daddy Zydeco, Kelley and the Cowboys, Yonder Mountain String Band, Basement Band, Your 33 Black Angels, The Breedings, Ginny Hawker and Tracy Schwartz, Minerva Lions, Serena Jean, JP Harris and the Tough Choices, The Crooners, Vancans, Elephant Revival, Rachel Platten, Steve Waitt, and many, many more.

Sponsored by: Rochester Cajun Zydeco Network, (

TIME: 7:15 PM Dance lesson by Esther Brill / 8:00-11:30 – performance
TICKETS: $15 in advance (outlets listed below) / $18 day of show / $10 with valid Student ID
• The Bop Shop - 1460 Monroe Ave, Brighton
• Stutzman’s Guitar Center - 4405 West Ridge Rd, Greece
• The Music Store - 18 E. Main St, Webster

Or for out-of-towners by mailing a check payable to RCZN with a self-addressed stamped envelope to: Bruce Handelman / 175 Greenaway Road / Rochester New York 14610


Background on Preston Frank:
Preston is one of the last of the older Creole style of accordion players. He makes real Creole music from the small rural community of Soileau, Louisiana and is an important force in preserving traditional Creole French music. He is the father of Keith Frank, one of the most popular young Zydeco artist of today in Louisiana.

As Dirk Powell puts it:
“When you hear Preston Frank singing “I was born in the country” in the song “Creole Man” you sense instantly that he embodies the best of what that statement means – an openness and generosity of spirit, an inseparable bond with his culture, a mix of humility and expressiveness that makes his music sparkle. His driving accordion licks grab you. His vocals growl. His rhythms get your blood pumping.”


Preston Frank and Big Daddy Zydeco @ Lilac Fest 2010 – Part 2 (

Preston Frank and Ed Poullard at Eagles Hall, Alameda CA June 2009 – Oh Mom
(Members of five great zydeco families on stage together - Preston Frank on accordion, Ed Poullard on fiddle, Dwight Carrier on guitar, Andre Thierry on bass, and Koray Broussard on drums) (

Preston Frank and Ed Poullard in Denver, Nov 2009 - ‘Born in the Country’ (

Preston Frank and Ed Poullard with Tara Nevins (scrub) and Jeb Puryear (guitar) of Donna the Buffalo - Hot Tamale Baby (

Preston Frank with his uncle Carlton Frank (3 years before he passed) at Balfa Camp 2001 - Amede Two-Step (

Preston Frank w/ Donna The Buffalo at the Shakori Hills Grassroots Music Festival 2007

Preston Frank Family Band "Zydeco Hee Haw" ... joined by members of Donna the Buffalo to play a Boozoo Chavis song "Zydeco Hee haw" at the Shakori Hills Grassroots Music Festival POSTS

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