The Zydeco Historical & Preservation Society, Inc.
Our Programs & Projects
The Zydeco Historical & Preservation Society, Inc. supports and maintains five major initiatives. All donations, profits from ZHPS events, and services provided by the ZHPS support the following initiatives:
ZHPS Oral History & Restoration Project
The Z.H.P.S. Oral History & Restoration Project is an ongoing initiative with the following objectives:
To empower people who have historically (and presently) defined the Creole culture of Southwest Louisiana and Texas to convey, document and preserve irreplaceable segments of Zydeco Music and Creole heritage: historic structures, oral and musical histories and traditions, and other physical artifacts.
The Luke Collins Memorial and Burial Restoration Project
The Luke Collins Memorial and Burial Restoration Project (named after Luke Collins, known as the "godfather of Zydeco Music" and the first person in the world to develop as radio program dedicated to Creole and Zydeco Music) is an ongoing initiative dedicated to:
Assisting in facilitating a "dignified internment" for Zydeco/Blues and Southern Soul musicians as well as other cultural servants who have made significant contributions to Creole Culture.
Documenting, mapping, as well as the preservation and protection of burial sites of Zydeco/Blues and Southern Soul musicians as well as other cultural servants who have made significant contributions to Creole Culture.
The Zydeco Squeezebox Series
The Zydeco Squeezebox Series is series of live musical and cultural performances which aims to target and expose a new generation of people to contemporary and traditional Creole and Zydeco Music in particular and the black Creole Culture of Southwest Louisiana and Texas in general, as well as recognize the historical role and significance of key culture servants played in the development of Zydeco Music and Creole Culture. The Zydeco Squeezebox Series achieves these objectives by:
Hosting educational musical and cultural performances with older Creole and Zydeco cultural servants together with younger Creole and Zydeco cultural servants who in turn share their individual histories, experiences, and prospective on the Creole culture of Southwest Louisiana and Texas.
Cultural education sessions where Zydeco and Creole musicians and cultural servants share their cultural talents with young aspiring musicians and cultural servants in the tradition of the informal apprenticeship structure of Creole culture.
ZydecoOnline.com(Uniting the Zydeco Nation)
ZydecoOnline.com (www.ZydecoOnline.com) is an ongoing interactive Internet project developed and maintained by the Zydeco Historical and Preservation Society, Inc. and Zydeco Authentica, LLC, that brings together authoritative information about Creole and Zydeco music and the black Creole culture of Southwest Louisiana and Texas.
ZydecoOnline.com serves the needs of the emerging online Zydeco community and well as form a digital bridge that will link the traditional offline Zydeco community.
ZydecoOnline.com serves the needs of the Zydeco Community by hosting and facilitating an educational forum, a platform for discussion and a means through which information about all aspects of the black Creole history and culture of Southwest Louisiana and Texas is disseminated.
The Zydeco Nation Family Medical Fund
The Zydeco Nation Family Medical Fund (inspired by Tina Bias, the mother of,then, 10 year old Zydeco musician Guyland Leday, who suffered a life threatening cerebral aneurism and immediately required multiple surgeries.) was organized to:
Provide assistance in the payment of emergency medical and living expenses for Zydeco/Blues and Southern Soul musicians as well as other cultural servants and their immediate family members who have suffered an unexpected medical illnesses or injury.
Develop preventative programs that educate people about healthy eating, nutrition, food justice, alternative healthy lifestyles, healthy workplaces, and disaster preparedness.
ZHPS Projects/Who We Have Worked With
Current Web Development Projects
Brad Randell & the Zydeco Ballers (www.BradRandell.com)
Guyland Leday & the Family and Friends Zydeco Band (www.GuylandLeday.com)
Goldman Thibodeaux (www.GoldmanThibodeaux.com)
Mark St. Mary & the Louisiana Blues & Zydeco Band (www.DeltaKingZydeco.com)
Snuggles & the Zydeco Show Stoppers (www.BigSqueezeProductions.com)
J.J. Caillier & the Zydeco Knockouts (www.jjcaillier.com)
Jo Jo Reed &the Happy Hill Band (www.JoJoReed.com)
Motor Dude Zydeco (www.MotorDudeZydeco.com)
Same Ol' 2 Step (www.SameOl2Step.com)
Sean Ardoin & R.O.G.K. (www.SeanArdoin.com)
Josh & the Zydeco Souljahs (www.ZydecoSouljahs.com)
Secluded Entertainment (www.SecludedEntertainment.com)
Gabriel Lewis Photography (www.GabrielLewisPhotography.com)
Holy Ghost Creole Festival (www.HolyGhostCreoleFesitival.com)
Step-N-Strut Riders (www.StepNStrutRiders.com)
Current Web Development Projects (in Partnership with Zydeco Authentica)
Zydeco Ridahz.com (www.ZydecoRidahz.com)
Southern Soul Sound (www.SouthernSoulSound.com)
Z.H.P.S. Weekly Summer Music Series – "Bring On The Noise!", Opelousas, Louisiana – North City Park (Event Planning & Management; Web & Traditional Marketing)
Holy Ghost Creole Festival , Opelousas, Louisiana (Original Website Development and Design)
Creole Heritage Zydeco and Crawfish Festival, Baytown, Texas (Marketing Campaign)
Opelousas Spice and Music Festival, Opelousas, Louisiana (Marketing Campaign; Video Commercial Development)
Crosby Zydeco Festival , Crosby, Texas (Original Website Design; Marketing Campaign; T-Shirt Design)
Gator By the Bay, San Diego, CA (Marketing & Web Marketing Campaign)
Long Crawfish Festival, Long Beach, CA (Marketing & Web Marketing Campaign)
Original Southwest Louisiana Zydeco Festival, Plaisance, Louisiana (2000-2004) (Marketing Campaign; Database Development, Management; Festival Volunteers)
City of Opelousas Grammy Award Party @ Evangeline Downs Casino, Opelousas, Louisiana (Event Planning; Video Communication Link with Grammy Press Conference in Los Angeles, CA)
Annual Clifton Chenier Celebration, Loreauville, Louisiana (Video Documentation, Marketing Campaign; Video Commercial Development)
Zydeco & Swing-out Thursdays, Sunnyvale, California, (Event Planning & Management; Web & Traditional Marketing)
Clifton Chenier Club, Loreauville, Louisiana, (Original Website Development, Design, and Maintenance)
Slim's Y Ki-Ki, Opelousas, Louisiana, (Original Website Development, Design, and Maintenance)
Leon Chavis & the Zydeco Flames (Original Website Development and Design, "The Heat Is On-CD Design)
Andre Thierry & Zydeco Magic (Original Website Development and Design)
Curley Taylor "Country Boy" CD Release Party, Lafayette, Louisiana, (@ Hamilton's Club) (Event Planning & Implementation, Web and Traditional Marketing, Event T-Shirt Design & Flyer Design)
Holy Ghost Creole Festival Video Project
Goldman's Hard Times
One Night At Richard's Club
Opelousas Spice and Music Festival Commercial
Step N Strut Riders (Original Website Development and Design; Web Marketing Campaign, Video Commercial Development)
Alibi Riders (Original Website Development and Design)
Zydeco Squeezebox Series (Artist Past Participants)
Sean Ardoin & Zydekool
Curley Taylor & Zydeco Trouble
T-Broussard & the Zydeco Steppers
Corey Young & the Zydeco Teens
J.J. Caillier & the Zydeco Knockouts
Leon Chavis & the Zydeco Flames
Andre Thierry & Zydeco Magic
Lil Nate & the Zydeco Big Timers
Keith Frank & the Soileau Zydeco Band
Chris Ardoin & Double Clutchin'
Geno Delafose & French Rockin' Boogie
J Paul Jr. & the Zydeco NuBreedz
Snuggles & the Zydeco Show Stoppers
Josh & the Zydeco Souljahs (Cedric Johnson Birthday Bash)