__________is a 6 person, high energy, Canadian Zydeco band, based in Toronto, Ontario. Winning over enthusiastic crowds with an energetic blend of contemporary and traditional Zydeco, LZ has created a unique take on Louisiana's most exciting musical export, in all it's toe-tapping, hip-shaking glory.
Les Graham bass & vocals
Rob "Bango" Urquhart lead vocals & harp
Dave The Cat guitar & vocals
Mike Menheere drums & percussion
Kris "K.K." Walsh rubboard
"Sameday" Ray Walsh accordion & vocals
LZ's first two albums, "Yeah, you right, eh!" (released independently in the fall of 2003,) and "This Great White North, Eh!" (released by flamingcheese records in the fall of 2006,) have enjoyed commercial, community and college radio play across North America. LZ’s third album, "Time To Turn The Key," was released by flamingcheese records in October 2008, and has enjoyed both North American & European airplay. Their latest album, “Loco Zydeco” was released in November, 2016, by Squirrel Head Music. Please visit the Music page for samples from all four albums.
July 12th, 2002, marked LZ’s debut at The Toronto International BBQ & Blues Fest. Since then, LZ has energized audiences and made new fans across Ontario and into Quebec and New Brunswick at festivals in Edmundston, Wakefield, Sault Ste. Marie, Kitchener, Niagara Falls, Port Burwell, Goderich, Minto, Woodstock, Brantford, Belleville, Orillia, Oshawa, Oakville, Aurora, Port Credit, Burlington, Waterloo, Tecumseth, Sparta, Montreal, Hamilton, Wasaga Beach and Toronto, (The Toronto Jazz Fest, The Distillery Jazz Fest, Celebrate Toronto, WinterFest & Lakeshore Mardi Gras.) Electrifying performances have solidified LZ’s reputation as one of Canada’s most entertaining Zydeco bands, with shows often becoming a free for all of audience participation. Extra rubboards are always available for anyone adventurous enough to join the band on stage and upon request, workshops are offered on Zydeco dance or the history of Zydeco, the rubboard, and Zydeco accordion.
LZ also performs at private, corporate, specialty, sporting and Mardi Gras-themed events, as well as clubs and bars. Their set list includes original Zydeco, covers of well-known traditional and contemporary Zydeco and their own Zydeco interpretations of popular songs. Info on how to listen to, or purchase all three albums can be found on the Music page of this website. If you would like to contact LZ, please go to the Contact page.