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Step Rideau and the Zydeco Outlaws Take the Stage at the Rothko Chapel

Thursday, July 16, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The Rothko Chapel’s 2015 Summer Sounds on the Plaza concert series continues with the Step Rideau and the Zydeco Outlaws.

A traditional zydeco band served with a side of contemporary influences, the group is guaranteed to make toes tap and hips swing during their performance slated for 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 16.

With eight CDs to his credit, Step Rideau has been a fixture of the zydeco music scene for more than 20 years.

Stephen “Step” Joseph Rideau is from the St. Landry Parish town of LeBeau and grew up surrounded by Creole culture and zydeco music. He moved to Houston in the mid-1980s and began to play accordion, eventually becoming one known for his mastery of the instrument.

“This band brings the driving rhythms and funky beats of Louisiana to the Rothko Chapel plaza,” program director and New Orleans native Michelle Ashton said.

She explained that this year’s Summer Sounds on the Plaza series will commemorate the 10th anniversaries of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita by featuring music that originated in Louisiana.

“We want to honor the culture of Louisiana, knowing the great loss the state suffered during the hurricanes,” Ashton said. “We’re also looking forward to showcasing the cultural influence Louisiana music has on the Houston music scene.”

The third and final concert in the series is slated for 7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 13 – with Ed Poullard singing traditional creole music and conjuring images of “fais do dos” (Cajun country dance) in Acadian sugar canes field on humid nights.

In its 40 years, the Chapel has achieved recognition as one of the greatest artistic achievements of the second half of the 20th century. In 2001 the Chapel was listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The Chapel regularly makes top ten lists of places to visit and is a featured entry in National Geographic’s “Sacred Places of a Lifetime: 500 of the World’s Most Peaceful and Powerful Destinations,” published in 2009.

Visitors from around the world visit the sacred space to meditate and reflect, as they gaze at the tremendous paintings by Mark Rothko – or when they step outside to view Barnett Newman’s powerful sculpture Broken Obelisk, which stands in memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

For more information about the Rothko Chapel and the full calendar of upcoming programs, workshops and events, visit rothkochapel.org or call713-524-9839.


About the Rothko Chapel
The Rothko Chapel is open to the public every day of the year at no charge and successfully interconnects art, spirituality and compassionate action through a broad array of free public programs. Founded by Houston philanthropists Dominique and John de Menil, the Chapel was dedicated in 1971 as an intimate sanctuary. Today it stands as a monument to art, spirituality and human rights. As an independent non-profit, non-governmental organization, the Chapel depends on contributions from foundations and individuals to support its mission of creating a space for contemplation and dialogue on important issues.

Attached photo courtesy of the Rothko Chapel.


Thursday, July 16, 2015
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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