Queen Ida (9/1/1988)

February 24, 2023, 11:00 pm

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Queen Ida Concert Ticket, c. 1993 (Courtesy of Sarah Stierch)

The joyful dance rhythms of Zydeco were born in southern Louisiana from a fusion of Afro-Caribbean and French Arcadian traditions. This music has a great champion in accordion player, band leader, and Grammy-Award winner, and acclaimed chef, “Queen” Ida Guillory. When Queen Ida and Studs Terkel spoke in WFMT’s studios in 1988, they discussed the roots of this unique American genre, and more.