About this project
Welcome, citizens of Buckwheat’s World – and Ei Toi to the legions of Buckwheat Zydeco fans around the globe! We’re really excited about creating a new YouTube video series called Buckwheat’s World and launching this Kickstarter campaign to enable it happen…
"Buckwheat leads one of the best party bands in America; he can pump out zydeco two-beats or shift into rolling 12-bar blues, steaming all the way." - The New York Times
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Why are we making Buckwheat's World?
So many people listen to and WATCH music on YouTube. It’s a new and better way to get our music to our fans, and turn on new people to our music. If we can fund Buckwheat's World, we will be able to present Buckwheat Zydeco in a cool new way with well recorded, exciting new video performances – and enable fans to get to know Buck so much better through a really cool inside look at how Buck and company do everyday things here in Creole Country!
Zydeco was pretty much a local thing when we started more than 30 years ago. But, it’s always been our mission to bring this music and culture to the broadest audience possible! Buckwheat Zydeco has always been at the forefront of introducing this amazing sound to new audiences: we were the first zydeco band with a major label record deal, the first on a national television show, the first to work with rock superstars, the first with music in a national television commercial…you get the idea. Now we want to be the first to create and present an online video series with zydeco at the center. Is the world ready for Buckwheat’s World? You tell us: Please be a backer!
What is Buckwheat's World?
As you will see in these slice of life episodes, Buckwheat's World is unlike anyplace you’ve ever been before. You’ll get to peek into the life of our star – a genuine American musical legend – Stanley “Buckwheat” Dural, Jr. in and around his hometown of Lafayette, Louisiana.
In Buckwheat’s World dinner could be a teeming sack of crawfish boiled in Buck’s back yard. You might have to pitch in and feed some of his many farm animals, or fix one of his 19 vehicles. Or maybe stop by the little two room house he grew up in with his 12 brothers and sisters. Or tag along as Buck visits his pal’s legendary zydeco club, El Sid-os.
We’re going to film the band playing music in the gorgeous setting of Dockside Studio in Maurice, Louisiana where we’ve recorded many albums. We love this place, and you will too. The grounds are classic Louisiana: a beautiful plantation-style house, huge oak trees dripping with Spanish moss, a lush spread graced with flowering crepe myrtle, sloping down to the mighty Vermilion River. Buckwheat Zydeco will perform their favorite songs live and casual in the living room of Dockside’s lovely pool house overlooking the bayou – and you never know who might stop by to play along!
Buck will be the star of Buckwheat’s World. Anyone who has seen Buckwheat Zydeco has experienced the joy, charm, dynamism and decency of Buck’s charismatic personality on stage. Millions recently got a chance to experience that and the incredible music of Buckwheat Zydeco, when Jimmy Fallon (who could have gotten anyone he wanted) chose Buck to open his final Late Night Show.
We think you’ll get a small taste of it all in our Kickstarter video. But you ain’t seen or heard nothin’ yet! Buckwheat’s World will truly enable people to spend quality time with an unforgettable character – a Grammy winner who has played presidential inaugurals, the Closing Ceremonies of the Olympics, in front of arenas full of U2 fans, on top shows like Fallon and Letterman – yet is the same unaffected down home guy who loves cleaning fresh-caught fish or painting his fence. Buckwheat’s World will be shot and directed by Peabody-Award-winning film makers, Louis Alvarez and Andy Kolker, who have made several critically acclaimed films about Louisiana, and produced by them and Ted Fox, Buckwheat Zydeco’s manager and collaborator for nearly 30 years.
Take your shoes off, let your hair down, and come join the fun in Buckwheat's World!
We appreciate your participation in our Kickstarter campaign and have some terrific stuff for you!
We have some exciting rewards when you pledge as little as $10 to support Buckwheat's World! All supporters will get an Early Access Package which allows them to download each new HD episode before it's released to the general public, as well as a digital copy of a Buckwheat's World track! There are T-shirts, Buck's special hot sauce, Thank You credits on the series, DVDs of classic Louisiana documentaries, and much more.
Bring Buck into your life!
If you pledge at the $300 level, you'll be the lucky recipient of two tickets to hear Buckwheat Zydeco perform on one of their tour dates, AND you'll go backstage and meet the man for a photo opportunity. Pledge more and Buck will record a personalized Happy Birthday video in his inimitable style. Or become a real insider, and have Buck record your voicemail greeting for you!
Put Buck on your wall!
A $500 pledge will get you a beautiful limited-edition, art-quality, 2013 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival Congo Square poster of Buck. You'll get one of only 350 numbered remarqued prints signed by the artist and Buck – and one of only a handful signed with a personal message to you from Buckwheat Zydeco!
Become a Buckwheat's World big shot on YouTube adn!
Become a very special, key supporter of Buckwheat's World. You could become the designated Poppa (or Momma) Gator of a single episode, with a full-screen credit. Or step it up and sign on as an Associate Producer or even Executive Producer – with a full-screen credit on every episode in this series, and come visit the set and hang with Buck and the band while we're shooting!
How will your Kickstarter contribution make a difference?
If we reach our Kickstarter goal we’ll be able to shoot, edit, produce and present on YouTube an initial six episodes, each approximately 10 minutes long. If we’re lucky enough to surpass our first goal we’ll be able to shoot additional footage and produce more episodes, and then, we hope, film in more settings (including on the road) for future episodes.
Stanley “Buckwheat” Dural, Jr. (aka Buckwheat Zydeco) is the star of the show. He started the band Buckwheat Zydeco in 1978 after a life-changing stint playing the Hammond B3 organ for the inventor and King of modern zydeco, Clifton Chenier. Buckwheat Zydeco is by far the best known and most popular zydeco band in the world. And, Buck is one of America’s true musical legends – as fans like Keith Richards, Paul Simon, and David Letterman can attest. The band opened Eric Clapton’s North American tour and did 12 nights with him at the Royal Albert Hall, played both of President Clinton’s Inaugurals, performed with the Boston Pops on their 25th Anniversary Show, opened for U-2, performed on the Closing Ceremonies of the Atlanta Olympics – and Buck and his son Reg, along with the Roots, recently kicked off the final episode of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.
Ted Fox has managed and co-produced Buckwheat Zydeco since 1986, and produced the band’s first Island Records’ album, the Grammy-nominated “On A Night Like This.” He also wrote the books, Showtime at the Apollo: The Story of Harlem’s World Famous Theater, and In The Groove. As Buck would say, he and Buck are “tight as a frog’s ass.”
Louis Alvarez & Andrew Kolker are celebrated documentary filmmakers who got their start in Louisiana with such classics as “Yeah You Rite!” and “Louisiana Boys—Raised on Politics”. They’ve won two Peabody Awards and kept audiences laughing and thinking with such films as “American Tongues”, “Vote for Me” and “People Like Us”. They can’t stay away from the Bayou State – their latest film “Getting Back to Abnormal”, about New Orleans politics, will be on the POV series on PBS this summer.
And now, enjoy some more transcendent Buck moments...
Risks and challenges
Like any video project, the unexpected can always come along, but our collective experience in video production and musicmaking should be able to see us through no matter what happens. Andy and Louis have been making documentaries for forty years and know how to roll with the punches. Buck's going to be doing what he loves best - making music and hanging out in his home place. And we're not filming in hurricane season! However, shooting may have to be put on hold due to inclement weather or scheduling issues with the band.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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