ZydecoTougeau / Photo by Fally Afani
The quarantine hasn’t slowed down two of Lawrence’s favorite buskers.

On Saturday afternoon, Zydeco Tougeau set up shop for Play Music on the Porch Day. The worldwide celebrations invites musicians to (you guessed it) play music on their porch and share it with the world. A few musicians took part, including Barry Washboard Jones and Tommee Sherwood.

They live streamed their set (you can watch it here), but had a humble audience comprised of friends and neighbors, watching in their lawn chairs from an acceptable social distance. They indulged fans in many of the favorites we’ve heard ringing out from various Downtown street corners over the years.

ZydecoTougeau / Photo by Fally Afani
The performance also served as a fundraiser for asylum seekers, benefiting Team Brownsville. The goal was to raise money for rubber boots for children. The musicians in Zydeco Tougeau are longtime activists, using their art for humanitarian aid (last year, they assisted us with our RAICES fundraiser to bring legal aid to immigrants detained at the border). If you missed the performance, you can still donate at this link.

For those who long for the days of Zydeco Tougeau’s upbeat and jovial tunes, you’re in luck. The band finally released an album this Summer and you can listen/purchase it below.



Fally Afani is an award-winning journalist with a career spanning more than 15 years in media. She has worked extensively in radio, television, newspapers, magazines, and more.

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