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 Zydeco Food Drive
 at El Sido's

 19th 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 recovering.

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.

Buckwheat Zydeco

Nathan Williams and the Zydeco Cha Chas

Dennis Paul Williams on triangle with Lil' Nate

Chubby Carrier

Roy Carrier

Roy and Chubby Carrier, father and son

Terrance Simien
singing "Will the Circle Be Unbroken"

C.J. Chenier

Jude Taylor (Curley's father)

Zydeco Joe Mouton

Nathan Williams

Lil' Nate (Nathan Williams Jr.)

Corey Arceneaux

Terrance Simien

Curley Taylor

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


Posted 12-3-05

All photographs and text by David Simpson.

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