Major Handy | Clubs & Concerts | Indy Week

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Major Handy

When: Fri., May 24, 9:30 p.m. 2013

"You gotta do that zydeco, and do it with a feeling," offers lifelong Louisiana zydeco musician Major Handy during one of his trademark tunes. Now in his 60s, the Major has been pumping the region's endemic sound from his accordion for more than five decades, including a stint with Buckwheat Zydeco's original crew. That's one reason the Music Maker Relief Foundation chose the Major as its first emissary of the form. The other is because he needed help: After hurricanes Katrina and Rita ravaged America's south, Major Handy lost his steady gigs playing zydeco on cruise ships and in local haunts, a situation compounded when his wife fell ill with lymphoma. Now he's back at it, working with a whip-smart band that pushes hard into the groove and up through his squeezebox's displaced air. —Grayson Currin

Price: $10

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