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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

"GrassRoots Preview" on Ithaca Commons, Wed. 21 July

Keith Frank and the Soileau Zydeco Band will perform free on the Ithaca Commons as a "GrassRoots Festival Preview."

The performance is scheduled for Wednesday 21 July, from 6 - 8 p.m.

Keith Frank, from Lafayette, Louisiana, a leading figure in zydeco music, is a stalwart of the GrassRoots Festival, now in its 20th year.

Mr. Frank first performed at GrassRoots 19 years ago, as a young boy playing guitar in a band lead by his father, accordionist Preston Frank.

Keith Frank has returned to GrassRoots each year since. As a young man he took up accordion, the lead instrument in zydeco, and began fronting his own ensemble.

Mr. Frank will appear multiple times throughout the four days of the festival, from Thursday through Sunday.

Other performers of note at the festival include Merle Haggard, on Thursday; African musician Oliver Mtukudzi, on Friday; and reggae legend Burning Spear, a contemporary of Bob Marley, on Saturday.

Steve Burke
for Ithaca NY Blog

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