NORTH BENNINGTON -- Vermont Arts Exchange’s Basement Music Series gets off to a great start for the New Year, presenting the accordion mastery and soulful vocals of front man Jeffery Broussard and The Creole Cowboys.

The energetic and toe-tapping world of the American roots music, Zydeco, promises to shake up the Basement Stage in a performance from one of the most influential accordionists and vocalists in modern Zydeco music. Performance is set for Friday, Jan. 17. Doors to VAE’s Basement Music Series in the Sage Street Mill open at 7 p.m., the show begins at 8 p.m.

The youngest of 11 children, Jeffery Broussard was raised in Frilot Cove, La. His father was a sharecropper and bandleader of Delton Broussard & The Lawtell Playboys, where Jeffery began his music career at just 8 years old playing drums for the band.

Today, Broussard, a master of more than a half dozen instruments, says of performing: "It makes me happy to see my music make people happy. It reminds me of how things were when I was growing up. That’s something that a person should never turn their back on." The band delivers great, pack-the-floor renditions of Creole classics as well as their own brand of contemporary Zydeco. Jeffery Broussard & The Creole Cowboys are taking the next generation’s perspective of this music and presenting it with contemporary flair and expertise.


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Tickets to this concert are $18 ($10 for students with valid ID) through Brown Paper Tickets, the first and only fair-trade ticketing company, at brownpapertickets.com or vtartxchange.org/bms.php, or by calling (toll free) 800-838-3006 -- a small processing fee will be charged. Tickets are $22 at the door on the day of show on a first-come, first-served basis. Libations will be available from Thyme Tables Catering.

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Up next: Gypsy Layne, The Berkshires’ first homegrown cabaret and burlesque troupe at Oldcastle Theatre on Saturday, Feb. 15; Gypsy swinging serenading firebreathing circus freaks, Caravan of Thieves, return to the Basement Stage for the first time since 2012 on Friday, Feb. 28.

Vermont Arts Exchange is a fully handicapped-accessible facility. For more information about Vermont Arts Exchange, the 2014 Basement Music Series season, vacation art camps, classes or workshops, contact VAE at 802-442-5549 or visit vtartxchange.org.