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The Dixie Power Trio



Biography

Formed in 1992, the Dixie Power Trio, a "dixieland trio with four members," has developed a reputation as the East Coast's  premier "Louisiana variety band," capable of playing authentic sounding New Orleans jazz, zydeco, Cajun, street parade, and Louisiana-style funk.  The four-piece trio (we blame Cajun math) has carved out a niche as a fun and exciting ensemble capable of entertaining audiences of all ages. The group has shared concert stages with many Louisiana luminaries, including the Neville Brothers, Terrance Simien, Dr. John, Wynton Marsalis, Chubby Carrier, Beausoleil, the Dirty Dozen, the Olympia Brass Band, Cowboy Mouth, Galactic, and John Cleary.

The foundation of the Dixie Power Trio is bassist Andy Kochenour.  He lays down the bass lines while Chuck Underwood dictates rhythmic and chordal directions on guitar.  Riding on top of the grooves is leader Zachary Smith, playing cornet, washboard, accordion, harmonica, and just about anything else he can lay his hands on.  Holding everything together is the fourth member of the trio, drummer Byron McWilliams, who also lends vocals to the mix.

Watch Past Performances

Video 11/29/2016: Zachary Smith and the Dixie Power Trio

Zachary Smith and the Dixie Power Trio fuse together traditional New Orleans music elements like zydeco and jazz with rock ’n roll to present a fun, original onstage experience.

Video 9/3/2014: The Dixie Power Trio

The trio brings zany wit to its eclectic mix of New Orleans jazz, zydeco, Cajun and original compositions.

The Dixie Power Trio