Formed in 1992, Zachary Smith & the Dixie Power Trio 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 DPT has played numerous festivals over the past seventeen years including Musikfest (PA), Bel Chere Festival (NC), Taste Louisiana Cajun Fest (IA), and the Great American Brass Band Festival (KY). 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.
Listen for a set and you might here the DPT tackle anything from Louis Armstrong to the Rolling Stones. Borrowing material from the Neville Brothers, Buckwheat Zydeco, Dr. John, Chuck Berry, Fats Domino and many others, the Dixie Power Trio has a knack for reinventing classics. At the same time, they take pride in the authenticity of their New Orleans jazz repertoire and original compositions. The common thread is that it’s all good music with a party vibe. Music from the band’s seven CD’s has been featured on NPR’s “All Things Considered”, the WB series “Elimidate Deluxe”, and the feature film “Crazy Like a Fox”. The group won a WAMA award for their 2001 release “Ain’t my Fault”.