Welcome to FloridaCajunZydeco.com, a Website dedicated to people who love to dance to Louisiana-style music. This site features calendar pages of Cajun and Zydeco dance bands and events in the state of Florida, but is also intended to include information on major Cajun and Zydeco events anywhere in the United States -- even Louisiana!  Check out our Dance Calendar where listings are divided into five Florida regions. Dance events listed in your region are likely to be within an hour's drive.

As they say in French-speaking Louisiana, "Laissez les bons temps rouler!" ("Let the good times roll!") And in the spirit of the dance community that embraces this joyful music, "If you're smiling, you're doing it right!"


--- James Hance, St. Petersburg, FL
j-hance@wowpromotions.com

 

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Zydeco Dance at Vertigo on Aug. 26

5:30-9 p.m. Zydeco dance party at what used to be known as The Venue. (This should be pretty easy to find if you just look past the prominent Starbucks on the corner of Ulmerton and Carillon Pkwy.) Our dances will take place in the nightclub known as Vertigo which is upstairs above Yard of Ale club. There is a wooden floor, and they will provide a server (or two, if needed) for us.  Happy hour is 4-7, and the food menu changes at 7 pm. Zydeco dance music provided by Dwight and Sharon at Vertigo, Vertigo at 2675 Ulmerton, Clearwater, FL 33762.

 

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C-Z Hall of Fame?

Who is in the Cajun Zydeco Hall of Fame? Check out this video.

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Your Source for Cajun-Zydeco Dancing in Florida in 2014!

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  • What's Hot and Happening

    Jeffery Broussard
    “One of the main reasons why I wanted my own band was to play traditional music. I love my music and I love my culture. I am proud and honored to be a part of it. By playing traditional music, that is my way of giving back to my community, to my culture, and to get others interested in the music, in other parts of the country, and to fulfill my daddy’s dream. I do it to keep our traditions going because the music being played today is not traditional music. I want to continue doing what I’m doing because really there are not very many traditional musicians left. I am the only one besides Geno Delafose who is playing traditional Zydeco music. There are only five Creole fiddlers left, that’s what gave me the interest to pick up the fiddle and start playing, because I felt that it was needed.”

    Jeffery Broussard & The Creole Cowboys are performing at Michael Arnone’s Crawfish Festival in Augusta, NJ,  Blast from the Bayou Cajun-Zydeco Festival at Strawberry Park in Connecticut, Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival in New Orleans, LA., and Long Beach Bayou Zydeco, Blues, Creole & Cajun Festival in Long Beach, CA.

    Zydeco a Pas Sale in Rockville, MD (over 41,500 views)

     

     

    Ladies Shoes Blues Review
    Sue Palmer is always what's hot in boogie woogie.

    Video at Gator By The Bay this year.

     

     

  • "How-To" Video on Zydeco Dancing

    Marion Fite assists Greg Benusa in dance workshop. Photo by Jim Hance.

     

    Here is a brief lesson in the basic zydeco dance steps. There are many other steps and stylings which can be added to these steps. Contact Greg for private instruction in zydeco. Greg Benusa's contact number is 619-857-8409, and his Web site is www.zydecoach.com.

     

     

    Greg Benusa has a "Zydeco Blog" where he posts interesting stories, videos and links of interest to Louisiana music buffs. Check it out!

     

  • Festival-O-Rama --- Festivals Across America

    Left to right, three dynamic accordionists Chubby Carrier, Andre Thierry and Horace Trahan perform "Uncle Bud" at after-festival party in San Diego.  Enjoy an excellent video by Al Gardner.

     

    August 2 & 3, 2014 --- Long Beach Crawfish Festival at Rainbow Lagoon in Long Beach. Bands will include Andre Thierry and Zydeco Magic, Step Rideau, Bonne Musique Zydeco, Chris Ardoin, and Wayne Thibodeau. Tickets $13 and up. Info updated on Website soon. Website.

    August 16-17, 2014 --- Cotati Accordion Festival in Cotati, California.  Bands: Andre Thierry, Mark St. Mary, MotorDude Zydeco; also, Alicia Baker, Big Lou's Dance Party, Dick Contino, Future Accordion Stars, Jet Black Pearl, Matuto, Polkacide, Rory McNamara and The Ring of Truth Trio, Sourdough Slim and Robert Armstrong, Mad Maggies, Wild Catahoulas. Festival location is north of San Francisco. Website.

    August 16, 2014 --- Ardenwood Cajun Zydeco Festival in Fremont, California.  BCajun/Zydeco music, dancing and delicious Southern and Cajun food. Visit the farm animals, shop specialty vendors and join some dance lessons. Our 18th Annual Festival features national and local bands. Advance Tickets will be on sale from May 30 - Monday, August 11, 4:30 pm online and by calling 1-888-Ebparks (1-888-327-2757, option 2). $20.00 per Adult (16+ years) $ 5.00 per Child (4-15 years). 34600 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont, CA, 94555. (510) 796-0663. Website.

    August 29-31, 2014 --- 17th Annual Rhythm & Roots Festival at Ninigret Park, Charlestown, Rhode Island. Host band will be The Duhks. Ninigret Park is flat, grassy and spacious! It is perfect for RVs, pop-up campers and tents. Camping at Ninigret Park is allowed ONLY during the Rhythm and Roots Festival. A full festival camping ticket includes camping from 9:00 am Friday thru Noon on Monday (Labor Day). Each person over the age of 12 who plans to camp at Rhythm & Roots needs a full festival camping ticket. Anyone without a full festival camping ticket must leave the premises by 12:30 each night (a half hour after the music ends at the dance pavilion). Website.

    September 6, 2014 ---  19th Sebastopol Wine Country Cajun Zydeco Festival at Sebastopol, CA. Bands include Jeffery Broussard, Rusty Metoyer, Sean Ardoin & Zydekool, Lawrence Ardoin and Andre Thierry & Zydeco Magic. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. in Ives Park. Tickets $25. Website.

    September 20, 2014 ---  8th Annual Blazin' Hog BBQ Competition & Zydeco Festival at Mariposa, CA. Featured Band will be BluesBox Bayou Band at 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., and Ron Bombardier & The Bayou Boys at 2:30 p.m. and 4 p.m.  Mariposa County Fairgrounds, Hwy 49 South at Fairgrounds Road. Tickets $15.  Website.

    October 10-12, 2014 --- Festivals Acadiens et Creoles in Lafayette, LA. Celebrate the rhythm of Cajun and Creole life at Festivals Acadiens et Créoles Dance to a traditional waltz. Two-step to the upbeat rhythms of accordions, fiddles and ti fers (triangles). Step back in time as traditional crafters demonstrate their artistry. Festivals Acadiens et Créoles pays tribute to the Cajun and Creole cultures with a combination of FREE festivals. Held the second weekend in October!  Website.

    October 17-29, 2014 --- Magnolia Fest at Spirit of the Suannee Music Park in Live Oak, FL  Bands include Donna The Buffalo, The Duhks, Honey Island Swamp Band, Willie Nelson, John Prine, Kris Kristofferson, Mavis Staples, Drive-By Truckers, Col. Bruce Hampton, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Habanero Honeys. Single day tickets $50-$70, 4-day festival with camping $140-$190. Located just north of Live Oak, Fla, the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park is a one-of-a-kind music park and premier campground nestled on the shady banks of the historic, tea-colored Suwannee River in North Florida. The Spirit of the Suwannee is proud to host a variety of events throughout the year. In addition to these events, the park offers live music during the week in the Music Hall and a natural amphitheater for outdoor music festivals. The Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park was named the Best Live Music Venue in Florida in 2009 by Florida Monthly Magazine. 3076 95th Drive, Live Oak, Florida 32060. Phone 386-364-1683. Email: spirit@musicliveshere.com. Website.

    October 24 & 25, 2014 --- South Louisiana Blackpot Festival and Cookoff in Acadian Village, Lafayette, LA. The South Louisiana Black Pot Festival & Cookoff is one of the most unique festivals in Louisiana. Held annually at Lafayette’s Acadian Village, the festival celebrates its 5th year this October with two days of great music, dancing, food, camping & jamming. The festival is a cooperative of south Louisiana musicians, artists and southern culture enthusiasts, creating an unprecedented gathering of south Louisiana’s hottest roots bands, as well as a number of groups from all over the country. Live performances range from Cajun & Zydeco, to Creole, Swing, Hot Jazz, Blues, Bluegrass, Americana, Irish & Old-Time. Plus, an old-fashioned black pot cook-off, accordion contest, called square dancing, and ample camping space for tents & RV’s. Website.

     

    These unique listings are compiled by Jim Hance directly from prominent band and festival websites. Changes in lineups and times are common. Refer to both the event websites and websites of your favorite artists appearing at the festivals prior to making your travel plans.

     

  • Recent Dance Video

    >> Balfa Toujours by Brad Sjoblom at Gator By The Bay 2014

    >> Bonerama "Crossroads" (with Johnny Sansone on harp?) at Michael Arnone's Crawfish

    >> Peter Oliver dancing at Simi Valley Festival to Bayou Bros.
    Peter is the founder-organizer of San Diego Gator By The Bay.

    >> Andre Thierry at Simi Valley Cajun Blues Festival 2014

    >> Erin Brandt ---  Leading Cat Christ in Zydeco to Same Ol  2 Step at Gator. Video by Brad Sjoblom.

    >> Mama Tokus with Bayou Brothers --- at Gator 2013. Video by Brad Sjoblom.

    >> Ruben Moreno and Zydeco Re-Evolution at Long Beach Crawfish Festival, August 2013

    >>Cheryl and Jaime zydeco dancing at Long Beach Crawfish Festival.

    >>Cedryl Ballou and the Zydeco Trendsetters at Long Beach.

    >> Chinese Acrobatic Troupe in Xi'an, China were filmed by Fred Harshbarger in 2002, and just posted to YouTube.

    >> Gulfport Swamp Opera on August 31, 2013.

    >> Michele Lundeen "Something's Got a Hold of Me" at Gator By The Bay 2012.

     

    >> FloridaCajunZydeco Youtube Video Channel

     

     

  • For The Love of Hustle

    >> Hustle Dance Party at Clay's Stage,  February 2, 2014. Video by Fred Harshbarger.

    >> Hustle Heaven Tea Dance on August 18, 2013 in Alhambra, CA. Video by Fred Harshbarger. Excellent!

    >> Smooth Hustle Demonstration by Michael Khiem on his Dance Tip Video Clip No. 26. You can subscribe to these video tips at this YouTube link. (More info on Michael at starlightdance.com.)

    >> New York Walk by Michael Khiem on his Dance Tip Video Clip No. 27. You can subscribe to these video tips at this YouTube link.

    >> Hustle Arm Styling by Michael Khiem on his Dance Tip Video Clip No. 28. You can subscribe to these video tips at this YouTube link.

    >> Hustle Rib Check Spin Move by Michael Khiem on his Dance Tip Video Clip No. 58. You can subscribe to these video tips at this YouTube link.

    >> Hustle Heaven dance in Los Angeles features many Southern California "regulars." Video superbly produced without ambient sounds by Fred Harshbarger.

    >> SoCal dancer Michael Robles

    >> "Hustle It Up" dance in San Diego at Dance Synergy studio. Another expert video production by Fred Harshbarger. Champion dancers Archie and Melanie Dawson put on a demonstration at 9 min. 40 seconds.

    >> Archie Dawson hustle workshop segments at Dancetime Center in San Diego.

    >> Hustle Dance at Clay's Stage in Costa Mesa, CA. Video produced by Fred Harshbarger.

    >> Trish Connery dancing hustle in Pro-Am division with student Jesse Castaneda at Debra Hampton's Hooray for Hollywood dance event.

    >> Back To Disco Dance Event in Los Angeles. Another superbly produced video by Fred.

    >> Stephanie Risser and Brian Gallagher in Mid-Atlantic Dance Jam in

    Washington DC.

    >> Billy Marti and Erica Smith at New York Hustle Congress

    >> A June 2013 Hustle Dance at Clay's Stage in Costa Mesa, CA. Video produced by Fred Harshbarger.

  • Cajun-Zydeco On The Radio

    Find Your Cajun-Zydeco Groove

     

    Here is a list of Cajun and zydeco radio programming streaming over the Internet. The times indicate when the broadcast is live (Eastern Standard Time in parentheses) on the radio and streaming live, but some programs are archived and can be enjoyed any time. Click on the link to view the broadcaster's website, and navigate to the program schedule for more information.

     

    MONDAY

     

    "Louisiana Dance Hall"

    WRIR (Richmond, VA)

    Mondays 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. (EST 9 p.m. to 11 p.m.)

     

    TUESDAYS

     

    "Zydeco n Blues"

    KMUZ, Salem, OR  /  Link: http://kmuz.org/

    Tuesdays, 8-9:30 p.m. (EST 11 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.)

     

    "Zydeco"

    KOCZ, Opelousas, LA  /  Link: http://kocz.org/

    Tuesdays, 6-11 p.m.  (EST 7 p.m. to midnight)

    Carolyn Spivey and Leon Chavis host

     

    THURSDAYS

     

    "Zydeco Workout with Lola Love"

    www.ustream.tv/channel/the-zydeco-workout-feat-lola-love

    Thursdays, 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. PST

    (EST 10:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.)

    http://www.zydecoOnline.com

     

    FRIDAY

     

    "Louisiana Rhythms"

    KFAI, Minneapolis, MN

    Fridays 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. (EST 3:00 to 6:00 p.m.)

     

    SATURDAY

     

    "Zydeco Est Pas Sale"

    KRVS, (Lafayette, LA)

    Saturdays 8 a.m. to noon  (EST 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.)

    Traditional, contemporary and live Zydeco sounds. Cultural conversation and information on community events.

     

    "Zydeco Stomp"

    KRVS, (Lafayette, LA)

    Host: Herman Fusiler

    Saturdays, noon to 3 p.m. (EST 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.)

    Louisiana music including zydeco, Cajun, swamp pop and blues.

     

    "Born on the Bayou"

    KRVS (Lafayette, LA)

    Saturdays, 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. (EST 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.)

    hosted by Lee Kleinpeter

    Swamp pop and Louisiana R&B, zydeco, Cajun, blues and more.

     

    "Second Line Parade" with Drew Miller

    KSDS (San Diego, CA)

    Saturdays, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. (EST 10 p.m. to 11 p.m.)

     

    SUNDAY

     

    "Zydeco Pas Sale"

    KPFT (Houston, TX)

    Sunday mornings, 3:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m.  (EST 4:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m.)

     

    "Zydeco Zity Radio"

    (Amsterdam, Netherlands)

    Link: http://www.zydecozityradio.com/

    Sundays 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. (EST 11:00 a.m. to 1 p.m.)

    Click "Replay" button on Website to replay past programs anytime

     

    "Cajun and Zydeco"
    with Charles Laborde and Jim Hobbs

    WWOZ (New Orleans, LA)

    http://www.wwoz.org/programs/cajun-and-zydeco-with-charles-laborde-or-jim-hobbs

    Sundays, Noon to 2:00 p.m.  (EST 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.)

     

    "Louisiana Gumbeaux"

    WRFG (Atlanta, GA)

    Sundays 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. (EST 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.)

     

    "Zydeco Workout"

    KZSU (Stanford University, CA)

    Sundays 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. PST (EST 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.)

     

    "Louisiana Gumbo Show" with John Osgood

    WSLR (Sarasota, FL)

    Sundays 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. (EST 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.)

Copyright 2014 James Hance --- Please send listing updates to j-hance@wowpromotions.com