Archive Files of Cajun, Creole, and Zydeco Musicians
Posted between 1999 and 2008
at El Sido's
annual Thanksgiving Benefit Nov. 16, '05
|The 19th annual Zydeco Food Drive at El
Sido's Zydeco and Blues Club in Lafayette was held November 16,
2005. In the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, the event
was even more special this year, an occasion to reaffirm our
commitment to one another as we work to rebuild Louisiana and
help citizens in the devastated regions begin a long process of
Don “Apollo” Wilson, a
founder and organizer of the event, served as the emcee. Sid
Williams, owner of El Sido's, introduced the first performer,
Buckwheat Zydeco (shown at left), and also expressed his thanks
throughout the evening to all of the musicians who donated their
time and talent. Representatives from the office of Lieutenant
Governor Mitch Landrieu presented plaques to the musicians in
appreciation for their generosity.
As the host of the
annual event for almost two decades, Sid Williams is known
throughout Southwest Louisiana and beyond as a man who works
tirelessly on behalf of the community and the culture.
According to Herman Fuselier's account in The Daily
Advertiser, each year the event provides food for some 7,500
people as well as hundreds of toys for children.
Photos on this page
were taken between 7:30 p.m. and 12:30 a.m.. The event was still
going strong at 12:30, but those of us who had to return to
Eunice and get up at 5 a.m. to get ready for work Thursday could
not remain for the finale.
Nathan Williams and the Zydeco Cha Chas
Dennis Paul Williams on triangle with Lil' Nate
Roy and Chubby Carrier, father and son
singing "Will the Circle Be Unbroken"
Jude Taylor (Curley's father)
Zydeco Joe Mouton
Lil' Nate (Nathan Williams Jr.)
Jude Taylor singing the blues
Terrance Simien, joined by C.J. Chenier and Nathan
Williams and other performing Clifton Chenier's "I'm Coming Home"
Dancing at El Sido's Zydeco and Blues Club
All photographs and text by David Simpson.
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