The Legendary Ils Sont Parti Band featuring Buckwheat, Jr.
"One of the best bands in America." – The New York Times
BUCKWHEAT ZYDECO was the preeminent ambassador of Louisiana’s zydeco music. If you’ve gotten into zydeco music, or felt its influence, or watched the world celebrate this great aspect of Louisiana culture over the past 30+ years it’s likely been because of Buckwheat Zydeco and his Legendary Ils Sont Partis Band. No other zydeco artist has come close to selling as many records or exposing the music to more people around the world. Buckwheat Zydeco and his Legendary Ils Sont Partis Band have played during music festivals around the world, including the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Newport Folk Festival, Summerfest, San Diego Street Scene, Bumbershoot, Montreaux Jazz Festival, Pori Jazz Festival, North Sea Jazz Festival and countless others.
On September 24, 2016, Stanley “Buckwheat” Dural, Jr. passed away when he lost his battle with cancer.
Stanley “BUCKWHEAT” Dural, Jr. was the fearless leader of the Legendary Ils Sont Partis Band. The BUCKWHEAT ZYDECO celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2009 and capped it with the release of the Grammy Award-winning Alligator CD, Lay Your Burden Down. In February of 2010 the album won for Best Zydeco or Cajun Music Album. Buckwheat Zydeco had been nominated four previous times in three different categories. This was the band’s first Grammy win. The Legendary Ils Sont Partis band members have appeared with Buck on shows such as David Letterman, Jimmy Fallon, Conan Obrien, Carson Daily, CNN, The Today Show, MTV, NBC News, CBS Morning News, and many others. The band has performed at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, President Clinton’s inauguration and also with the Boston Pops - to name a few special events.
Taking what he learned from his father over the past three decades, Sir Reginald Master Dural is leading the Legendary Il SONT PARTIS BAND and is keeping the Buckwheat Zydeco legacy alive. Sir Reginald is the lead vocalist, accordion player and keyboardist. Alongside him is his father’s longtime friend bassist and musical director of 33 years, Lee Allen Zeno.
The other Il Sont Partis band members who performed with Buckwheat Zydeco for a quarter century or more includes drummer Kevin Menard, Rub Board Mathew Roberts and Trumpeter Curtis Watson. Also joining the band, Buck’s longtime friend, Louisiana legend and Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame Guitarist Paul “Lil Buck” Senegal.