Tee Don Landry of Key of Z Rubboards will be inducted into the Hall of Master Folk Artists during the Natchitoches-NSU Folk Festival July 15-16 at Prather Coliseum on NSU campus. The 2016 Festival theme is “Emerging Artists,” celebrating the many outstanding new artists keeping traditions alive in Louisiana. Landry will be inducted the Saturday of the festival at noon.
Listen to any Zydeco song from 1946 through today and chances are you’re hearing a Key of Z Rubboard. Tee Don Landry makes rubboards in the tradition of his father, Willie Landry, the original maker of the first rubboard. They are the most toured and recorded Rubboards in the world.Key of Z rubboards are the only washboards in the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C. and belong to many other museum collections around the world. They have been featured in many films and documentaries. Tee Don has made rubboards for people such as ZZ Top, Kid Rock, Rihanna, Harry Connick, Jr., Elvin Bishop, Rocking Dopsie and Senator John Breaux.
You can make one of his custom rubboards your own at this year’s Folk Festival Saturday, July 16 from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.Nearly four dozen craftspeople have been invited to display and discuss their traditional work on the Saturday of the festival. Expect displays of furniture, art, toys, dolls, jewelry, whips, filé, handmade musical instruments, baskets, weaving, pottery, beadwork and more.
Two day all-events passes may be purchased in advance through July 12 at a discounted price of $12 per person. Children age 12 and under receive free admission. Tickets can be purchased at the event beginning at4:30 p.m. on July 15 and at 8 a.m. on July 16. Ticket for adults are $5.50 per person for Friday, $8.50 per person for all events on Saturday and $5.50 per person for an evening pass after 5 p.m. on Saturday.For more information on purchasing tickets, call 318-357-4332.