Your Source for Cajun-Zydeco
Dancing in Florida


Welcome to FloridaCajunZydeco, a website dedicated to people who love to dance to Louisiana-style music. This site features a calendar page of Cajun and Zydeco dance bands and events in the state of Florida, and a "Festival-O-Rama" page of major Cajun and Zydeco events anywhere in the United States -- even Louisiana!  Also check out "The Story" page where a different Cajun or zydeco band is featured each month.

Traveling out of state? Check the Links page for dance clubs and bands in the area you will be traveling.

Also, check the Update! Newsletter archives in the bottom right of this page for recent newsletters on events posted on this site. Email me to get on my e-mail list for Update! Newsletter.

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




Jerry Carrier's CZ Newsletter

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Fun Fact: Grammy® Awards

The Grammy Award for Best Zydeco or Cajun Music Album was an honor presented to recording artists at the 50th, 51st, 52nd and 53rd Grammy Awards (2008–2011) for quality zydeco or cajun music albums. The Grammy Awards, an annual ceremony that was established in 1958 and originally called the Gramophone Awards, are presented by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States to "honor artistic achievement, technical proficiency and overall excellence in the recording industry, without regard to album sales or chart position”. The Pine Leaf Boys holds the record for the most nominations, with four. Though nominated each year the honor was presented, the group failed to receive an award. Award recipients in chronological order are Terrance Simien and the Zydeco Experience, BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet, Buckwheat Zydeco, and Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band.



Where Cajun and Zydeco
Music Came From

Cajun music and zydeco are cultural hybrids, the results of the rich blend of French, Spanish, German, Anglo-American, African, and Native American  cultures that found themselves living together in south Louisiana. Basically, Cajun music is the traditional music of the white Cajuns and zydeco is the music of the black Creoles. Historically, Cajun music developed from the sounds that the French settlers took with them to the Acadian colony in the seventeenth century.... The word Creole distinguished these French-speaking slaves and former slaves alike from their English-speaking counterparts in other parts of the South.  --- Cajun Music and Zydeco by Barry Jean Ancelet, 1992

Video: Creole United Festival in Sausalito

Accordionist extraordinaire Andre Thierry, Ruben Moreno, and Rusty Metoyer are interviewed over a soundtrack of Andre's R&B zydeco music on this 3-minute video.



Donna The Buffalo at Skippers for Dec. 30, 31 and Jan. 1st


Online tickets $25-$35 ($5 more at the door). 8 p.m. Dec. 30 & 31, 6 p.m. Jan. 1. Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa 33613. Website. For Dec. 31 WMNF New Years Eve, purchase advance tickets online at by calling the station during business hours at 813-238-8001 or in person at Skipper's Smokehouse or other WMNF ticket outlets. See Calendar for additional linfo on the band.

Lipbone & Ball at Skippers in Tampa
Jan. 9


Lipbone Redding is opening for Marcia Ball at Skippers in Tampa on Friday, Jan. 9 at 8 p.m. Online tickets are $20 ($25 at the door). Lipbone is also appearing at The Ale and The Witch on Sunday, Jan. 11. (Check Ale and The Witch website for update with time.) Discover for yourself why The Lipbone is one of my favorite artists, and is played every Wednesday at Sam's Swing Dance at Gulfport Casino.


Cajun Winterfest
in Pensacola

Dec. 19 & 20, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Features Nouveaux Cajun Xpress from Louisiana, Emerald Coast Blues Brothers, Shades of Blue, Brooke Woods and C&L Band. Gumbo cook-off,  Cajun food, kid's activities. $20 one day pass, $30 two day pass. Info and tickets, call 850-494-0801 Mon. - Thurs 8 am to 4 p.m.


Check a complete list of events,
check the Calendar.

Update! Newsletter

December 2, 2014 Newsletter



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