It’ll be a Zydeco-flavored Mardi Gras celebration when Friends of the Sheldon Theatre host Buckwheat Zydeco for a fund-raising event Sunday.
In addition to the concert, there will be food, a cash bar, a photo booth, tarot card readings, games and a costume contest, all starting at 5:30 p.m. Buckwheat Zydeco starts playing at 7 p.m., with an open dance floor.
Buckwheat, whose real name is Stanley Durel, hails from Lafayette, La., and his zydeco music reflects the French-Creole heritage of that region. He has come to be seen as the most successful and visible zydeco artist, having opened tours for Eric Clapton and performed with artists from country, rock and folk genres. He has even been accompanied by the Boston Pops orchestra.
Durel began his career playing organ in rhythm & blues bands, but switched to accordion when he joined Zydeco legend Clifton Chenier’s band. He soon formed his own band, which combined his nickname with the style of music to become Buckwheat Zydeco.
The Friends of the Sheldon organization supports the Sheldon financially and in other ways. Ticket sales for Sheldon events cover only one-third of the historic venue’s budget.
Tickets for the Mardi Gras event are $50; 651-388-8700.