Buckwheat Zydeco boogies back to Houston for a free Discovery Green show.
With the Zydeco Dots, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 17, at Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney, 713-400-7336 or www.discoverygreen.com.
The best performers of all time combine a mastery of their chosen style with the kind of charisma that makes the specific type of music they are playing almost (but not quite) irrelevant. So it has been with Buckwheat Zydeco, once Stanley Dural Jr., who has literally become synonymous with that furious accordion-fueled South Louisiana Creole dance music since taking over for mentor Clifton Chenier in the mid-'70s. At least one reason for Buckwheat's widespread success is that another kind of indigenous music from his youth, belly-rubbing swamp pop, often creeps into his music; in fact, he apprenticed in R&B bands with Joe Tex and Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown. His last two albums, 2009's Lay Your Burden Down and the next year's Buckwheat Zydeco's Bayou Boogie, show the breadth of his range within zydeco: Although we're guessing Buck's set Thursday may be aimed at the pint-sized Discovery Green dancers and thus heavy on children's album Bayou Boogie, he may throw in a couple of offbeat covers (Captain Beefheart, Bruce Springsteen, Jimmy Cliff) from the Grammy-winning Burden as well. Redoubtable Louisiana-loving local dance-floor fillers the Zydeco Dots open.