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Buckwheat Zydeco to Perform
at UW-Eau Claire Feb. 16

RELEASED: Feb. 8, 2005

EAU CLAIRE — The Artists Series at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will present Buckwheat Zydeco at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 16, in Zorn Arena. The show is cosponsored by the University Activities Commission of the UW-Eau Claire Student Senate as part of the university's Black History Month celebration.

Four-time Grammy Award nominee Buckwheat Zydeco has been lauded coast to coast as "one of the best party bands in America" (The New York Times) for its "otherworldly power to set the feet a-stomping" (Vancouver Sun). Now a man and a band with an international following, Buckwheat Zydeco occupies a unique position in the music world.

Fourteen zydeco and soul-flavored records and incessant touring have won the group a reputation for some of the hottest music since James Brown. The live show alone has kept fans on their feet since 1979, when Stanley "Buckwheat" Dural first launched his zydeco career. His records have incorporated a wide spectrum of musical styles, and his latest two endeavors are no exception. "Five Card Stud," his fourth album, features Tex-Mex and country influences along side the requisite soul and zydeco tunes. "Choo Choo Boogaloo," his new children's album, offers a wide-ranging introduction to Louisiana sounds.

Buckwheat Zydeco has received four Grammy nominations and has been among the Top 50 grossing touring acts in Pollstar. Buckwheat has played major festivals in America and around the world and has made many appearances on David Letterman, the Today Show, CBS Morning News, NBC Nightly News, MTV, BBC and National Public Radio. His songs have been featured in many major motion pictures, including "The Waterboy," "Little Buddha," "Fletch Lives," "The Big Easy," "Casual Sex," "Little Monsters," "Hard Target" and "Gone Fishin'," and on television shows such as "Northern Exposure" and "A Different World." He wrote and performed theme music for the PBS TV series "Pierre Franey's Cooking in America" and has been heard on national TV commercials for Cheerios, Lincoln Mercury, Toyota, Coke and Budweiser, and on regional TV commercials for Leinenkugel's Beer.

Buckwheat performed at both of President Clinton's inaugurals and on the closing ceremonies of the Atlanta Summer Olympics before a worldwide television audience.

Tickets are $15 for the public, $13 for those 62 and older and UW System or Chippewa Valley Technical College faculty and staff, and $5 for those 17 and younger and UW System or CVTC students. Reserved seats are available at the Service Center counter in the east lobby of Davies Center. The Service Center is open Monday through Friday 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday 7:30 a.m. to 11 p.m., and Sunday 10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Patrons may also charge their tickets to MasterCard or Visa when they order by phone. Call (715) 836-3727 — or, outside the immediate Eau Claire area, call toll-free (800) 949-UWEC. A $3 handling fee will be added to all telephone charge orders.

General admission tickets will be sold at the door.

The Artists Series is supported in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin. Wisconsin Public Radio and Community Television have contributed generous promotional support. Best Western Trail Lodge Hotel & Suites Eau Claire (715-838-9989) at 3340 Mondovi Road is the exclusive accommodations partner for the Artists Series.

Funded by the students of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, the Artists Series is administered by the Activities and Programs office.

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