By David Brown
The modest, cream-colored ’50s-era chapel that’s home to St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church in Houston looks like many other places of worship you might find in urban America. The first clue to a unique tradition here pulls up Sunday afternoon.
It’s a truck and a trailer with Louisiana plates. Out come the amps, the drums, an accordionand a washboard. Within the hour, under the giant wooden crucifix in the church’s family center, Jeremy & The Zydeco Hot Boyz kick into gear and the dance floor gets busy. It’s a party fueled by beer, boudin, and red beans and rice from the church kitchen. If it’s Sunday in Houston, parishioner Bennie Allen Brooks says, it’s zydeco.