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Zydeco Capital Jam was held today with awarding-winning accordion player

Posted at 11:14 PM, Jul 10, 2021

Award-winning accordion player and teacher Kaleb LeDay was leading the show at the St. Landry Parish Visitor Center this afternoon.

The 21-year-old was the first place grand prize winner at a state wide accordion contest called The Big Squeeze, they say.

Leday is an accounting major at McNeese State University where he is also a member of the school's student band, Zyde-Pokes.

"It wasn't until I watched a video film of playing guitar with a band; I saw the accordion player and it looked interesting and easier than a guitar. I asked my mom for one for Christmas, and she said, oh you not going to learn it, and I promised her I was going to. Here we are now, I learned how to play it," Leday told KATC.

The jam was a free event, open to all musicians and fans of zydeco music.

After a 14-month absence due to the corona-virus pandemic, the jam returned in June featuring Jeffery Broussard.

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