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Accordionist/vocalist Andre Thierry may be only 21, but he’s no zydeco newcomer. This San Francisco Bay area resident has been working the squeezebox onstage since he was 12. A descendant of Louisiana Creoles, Thierry grew up with the exuberant bayou beat. His grandmother taught him how to sing in French, and his family’s been promoting zydeco shows for some 25 years. On his debut, It’s About Time, Thierry’s quick fingers and soulful voice are joined by Beau Jocque’s rhythm section and Steve Nash, Geno Delafose’s former rubboard player, for a set of speedy, neotraditional zydeco. Not interested in the hiphop-influenced nouveau zydeco that’s the rage on the Gulf Coast, this prodigy prefers the rough-edged, R&B-inspired style pioneered by roadhouse vets Clifton Chenier and John Delafose, which slows down only for the occasional blues or waltz. Thierry and his band Zydeco Magic make their area debut at 9 p.m. at Glen Echo Park’s Spanish Ballroom, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. $8. (301) 320-7099. (Steve Kiviat)