Sept. 13: Buckwheat Zydeco at Lincoln Theater

I’ll reveal a little-known secret for all you new parents out there. Trying to keep your toddler occupied? Looking for a way to stop the screaming? The solution, whispered about among formerly frazzled parents in the know, is Buckwheat Zydeco. All you’ve gotta do is hook up the Johnny Jump-Up, throw on Buckwheat’s Zydeco Party, and hours will pass blissfully as the kid goes crazy to the lively, rhythmic music. Buckwheat Zydeco is part of a rare group of accordion players with Grammy nominations, and he brought the classic Cajun sound to a wider audience than ever during the 1980s. Now 61, his latest album, Lay Your Burden Down, shows he’s still got it. Leave the screaming children with the babysitter when he appears on Saturday, Sept. 12, at the Lincoln Theater (100 California Drive, Yountville; 8pm; $25–$35; 707.944.1300) and on Sunday, Sept. 13, at Rancho Nicasio (Town Square, Nicasio; 4pm; $20; 415.662.2219).Gabe Meline

Sonoma County Library