Hi ACME dancer,
 
This Friday (May 11) is our final ACME dance and it will feature the very popular Curley Taylor & Zydeco Trouble. Jody Richards plans to bring her famous, beautifully-decorated cakes and we hope you will make plans to come and celebrate with us. 

Meet up with your friends at the Concordia Club (3400 1st Ave. N., downtown B'ham) this Friday from 8-11 pm and we'll celebrate ACME's 325th dance. Admission is $15/person. No food or alcohol is sold at the club, but you are welcome to BYOB. See details below about the band and our dance. 

-David Doggett for ACME
Association of Cajun Music Enthusiasts
Birmingham, Ala.
www.acmedance.org
 
 
 ===== ACME Dance Friday: Curley Taylor & Zydeco Trouble  =====
Curley Taylor is in his mid-thirties and has been around music all of those years. At the age of 16 Curley started playing drums in his father's zydeco and blues band, Jude Taylor & His Burning Flames. By the age of 25, Curley had played drums for some of Louisiana's finest legends including: C.C. Adcock, Steve Riley, John Hart, "Lil" Bob of the Lollipops, and his uncles, "Lil Buck" Senegal and Wayne "Blue" Burns. Curley began learning piano accordion (a process he says that took about 6 months) while traveling with C.J. Chenier's band. Geno Delafose offered Curley a job to play drums in Geno's band, which Curley did for several years before finally producing his first CD and going out on his own (in an interesting twist, the CD was released more than 6 months before the band ever played publicly).

That first CD, "Country Boy," is great. Curley has a very fine, smooth R&B voice that makes all his original songs sound fantastic. Curley's only cover tune on the CD is Sam Cooke's "Another Saturday Night" which sounds as great as the original. His particular mix of zydeco and contemporary R&B has been called "urban zydeco" and reviewers have compared his music to that of Beau Jocque. 

With his smooth R&B vocal style and the type songs he writes, Curley is trying to expand his brand of zydeco into a broader, more mainstream audience. "I'm trying to catch people who never really listened to zydeco before," he says. He has carefully put together his Zydeco Trouble band with members who have previously played with Beau Jocque, Chris Ardoin, Andre' Thierry, and C.J. Chenier and the result is a tight sounding group with smooth background vocal harmony.

We hear Curley Taylor will be returning once again for the Attalla Heritage Day festival in October, but don't miss this chance to dance to him on an air-conditioned, smooth dance floor. Come visit and dance with your ACME friends to this talented and popular band -- and let's have cake.

===== Atlanta Dance this Saturday =====
Catch a second helping of Curley Taylor at the Atlanta Cajun-Zydeco Association's dance this Saturday, May 12 from 8-11 p.m. The Georgia dancers will warmly welcome you at their dance which runs from 8-11 pm with a free  beginner zydeco workshop at 7:15-8:00 pm and an intermediate workshop from 6:30-7:15 pm. They are fortunate to have a caterer who cooks and sells wonderful Cajun/Creole meals at their Knights of Columbus hall, 2620 Buford Hwy NE, Atlanta, GA 30324. Admission is $17/person and there is a cash bar.
 
===== Birmingham Cajun-Zydeco Association =====
The new Birmingham Cajun-Zydeco Association is getting off the ground - thanks to your support and membership. Organizer Rinsel McIntosh is working on building an e-mail list. Contact Rinsel at bhamzydeco@gmail.com.
 
Rinsel is also continuing to build his BCZA membership roster. Annual membership is $25/person and with a membership comes a $3 discount on each dance. Send your membership check of $25 to Birmingham Cajun-Zydeco Association, 216 Greenfield Lane, Alabaster, AL 35007.  Some folks sent in a membership, but forgot to include an e-mail address. Be sure to contact Rinsel and supply this information.

As Rinsel mentioned at last month's dance, you can best support BCZA and sustain the dances by attending the dances. If you have not yet signed up, Rinsel will be processing new BCZA memberships at this Friday's dance.
 
===== Thank you! Thank you! =====
Please allow me to express on behalf of Dolores Hydock and myself our great appreciation for the support and encouragement you have shown the ACME endeavor over the past 20 years. We have greatly enjoyed teaching dance classes and getting to know the thousands of people who have come through those classes. It has been a source of great satisfaction for us to look around at an ACME dance and see so many friendships formed and the expressions of joy on people's faces. We have also had the privilege of working with and getting to know scores of Cajun/zydeco's finest musicians and this has proved to be for us one of the highlights of this undertaking.

I can never acknowledge enough the great contributions made by Reggie and Bunny Bolton to the effort of putting on these 325 dances. Sound system management and front desk operations were major responsibilities that they took on and handled so efficiently. They were also key people I turned to in the 14 years we managed the City Stages Dance Depot. Thank you, Reggie and Bunny!

A special "thank you" goes to Dolores Hydock.
I rely on her for everything. Dolores has been ACME's unofficial "board of directors" and has provided sage counsel every step of the way. She has been the "heart" of ACME.

I also want to especially thank Lisa Przepasniak - my counterpart with the Atlanta Cajun Zydeco Association - and Huntsville's organizers Rebecca, Ron, and Patsy and all their dancers. It truly is a dance community. The Concordia Club's officers and custodian Steve Holt have been absolutely wonderful to work with over the years.

ACME - the Association of Cajun Music Enthusiasts.  Dolores came up with the name in 1992, and, yes, it was a whimsical play on the Roadrunner cartoons. The real credit for our 20 year run goes to you, the Enthusiast. Thanks for all the encouragement and for the enthusiasm and exuberant energy you bring with you. Thanks for making ACME such a warm and welcoming group.

===== Going Forward =====
This will be the final "AcmE-mail Reminders" announcing an ACME dance. For a while during this transition period to the new Birmingham Cajun-Zydeco Association (BCZA), I can pass along to you Rinsel's announcements of the BCZA dance schedule and class schedule. Rinsel has experience with bands, teaching, and running an organization and I'm grateful he stepped up and offered to take on the responsibilities of continuing to bring this great dance music to Birmingham. Dolores and I have joined BCZA and we look forward to the dances. I hope you, too, will support the new organization with your membership and, most importantly, your attendance. We're expecting a good crowd at this Friday's Curley Taylor dance and let's use this opportunity to "recharge" our enthusiasm and appreciation for this great dance music and Louisiana culture.

If you would like to keep in touch with Dolores, I'll remind you that she has a web site (www.storypower.org - an impressive web site) and an e-mail list of her own to keep you updated on her storytelling and theater performances. You can contact her at dolores@storypower.org.  I hope to one day soon get my Trees Company backyard nursery business website established. If you'd like to be on my gardening e-mail list, write and let me know. I'll keep this e-mail address (jazzdogg@aol.com) as my primary one. Dolores and I have talked about one day working up a home gardening class that we might teach together - you never know.

For those who might be curious, the ACME web site (www.acmedance.org) has been updated to list all 85 bands that have played for ACME. The new "325 dances!" web page lists all 325 ACME dances - with dates, band(s), and venue. You can use this list to figure out when you attended your first ACME dance. You will also find on the web site the story of ACME's origins and history. Dolores has done a superior job over the years as ACME's webmaster.

===== Brookwood Mall Music Series =====
Special events organizer Jennifer Gower is working with Brookwood Mall merchants to present a music series that should appeal to the dance crowd. Look for terrific live music every Thursday in May from 5-9 pm at the Brookwood Mall. The stage is outdoors unless weather is bad and then the music will be moved inside. Swing and bop dancers should find these bands very interesting: Honey Island Swamp Band (5/10), Patton James & The Synchromatics (5/17), The Flashbacks (5/24), and De’Ja Blue Band (5/31). The music series is free.
 
===== Concordia Club Directions and Info =====
Directions to the Concordia Club, 3400 1st Ave. North, downtown Birmingham, (205) 252-3570.
 
From the Red Mt. Expressway coming into downtown, take the 1st Ave. North exit, bear right, cross over Sloss Furnaces, and the club is at the first traffic light (34th Street) on the left.
 
From I-59/I-20 take the 31st Street exit (exit # 126-B) and at the traffic light turn south (toward downtown) onto 31st Street. (Note: Don't be confused by the Highway 31 exit, look for the 31st Street exit.). On 31st Street you will cross 10th, 8th, 7th, and 6th Avenue, then turn left onto the Messer Airport Highway. Go one block (you will drive under two railroad trestles) and take the next right onto 33rd Street. Drive to the light and turn left onto 2nd Avenue North. Go one block then turn right onto 34th Street. Go 1/2 block and turn left into the Concordia Club driveway.
 
Parking: Please park only in marked parking spaces on the Concordia Club property or along 34th Street or 2nd Avenue North. Take special care NOT to block the fire lane behind the club.
 
One additional area for parking is in the Water Works lot across 35th Street. 
 
There is no bar in operation at the Concordia Club, but you may BYOB. Feel free to bring in a cooler with your beverage. Ice water, cups, ice, and soft drinks will be provided free. Our guard will be on duty starting at 7:00 to watch over the parking lot.