When I moved to Western New York from Louisiana a few years ago, I thought I was tearfully waving goodbye to good Cajun and Zydeco music. I didn't expect to see a washboard anywhere above Tennessee. I'm happy I was wrong. There's a healthy little Zydeco scene in the region — it still baffles me there is — stoked by the Rochester Cajun Zydeco Network, and sitting at the top of the pile of area bands doing it right is Buffalo's Black Rock Zydeco. They got the sound, the energy, and the rhythm down pat as they fire up a mix of favorites and originals. If it wasn't for the name — taken from the Buffalo neighborhood — you could almost picture Black Rock Zydeco leading a dance somewhere down in Lafayette.
Black Rock Zydeco plays Saturday, January 20, at the Harmony House, 58 East Main Street, Webster. 8 p.m. Zydeco dance lessons at 7:15 p.m. $15 day of; $12 advance; $10 students; free kids under 14. rochesterzydeco.com; blackrockzydeco.com.