Rosie Ledet on tap for performance

Published 12:00 am Thursday, November 15, 2007

DEMOPOLIS &8212; Music lovers may choose to dance to the beat or simply sit and tap their toes when Rosie Ledet and her band, the Playboys, perform at the Demopolis Civic Center Saturday.

The 7 p.m. event at the Demopolis Civic Center is free to members of the Two Rivers Arts Council, which is sponsoring Ledet.

Admission is $10 per person for non-members.

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Those attending are encouraged to bring their own refreshments.

Ledet, known as &8220;The Zydeco Sweetheart,&8221; is among several younger musicians helping to continue the Zydeco tradition and expand its popularity beyond south Louisiana.

She first became interested in Zydeco when she was 19-years-old.

Girlfriends scoffed at the music because they thought it was old fashioned.

The man who would become her husband and then her bandleader, Morris Ledet, was an aspiring Zydeco musician. Ledet started picking up one of his accordions and practicing.

When she learned a few songs, Morris formed a band with Rosie as the centerpiece.

Ledet, 36, has several CDs to her credit.

She has performed across the country and around the world.

She is among a small handful of women performing Zydeco music. A gifted songwriter, Ledet is one of the few younger Zydeco players who still writes and sings some of her own material in Creole French.