Cajun and Zydeco Dance Events

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.

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!"

 

Calendar

Tues. May 1, 2018 --- Cajun Zydeco Dance (Downtown St. Pete)

6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Caddy's on Central Ave., 217 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, FL 33705.
Website:
caddysoncentral.com

 

TONIGHT: Music from Gator By The Bay Artists: Keith Frank, Horace Trahan, Pine Leaf Boys, The Revelers, Dexter Ardoin, San Diego Cajun Playboys, Bayou Brothers.  A few Floridians have made our plans to be in San Diego for Gator By The Bay, so this will be a warmup for the great music to come.

 

Good mix of danceable music by Cajun and zydeco artists singing about death, divorce, drinking and dancing. As Boozoo sang, "Dance all night, stay a little longer." We're in the lounge with a wood dance floor at Caddy's. It's around the corner from Ringside Cafe and Jannus Landing. No cover charge and drink specials the first hour. Great food. I can recommend the fish tacos and shrimp appetizer and the key lime pie. Stop by and let your hair down.

 

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Fri. May 11, 2018 --- Talk: History of Cajun Music with Dr. Barry Jean Ancelet

7 p.m., at Heritage Museum, 100 Beekman Lane, Tarpon Springs, FL. Tickets $10.

Through an exciting grant funding opportunity by South Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), Tarpon Arts is bringing Dr. Ancelet to Tarpon Springs for an educational lecture and discussion on the history of Cajun and Zydeco music in conjunction with the Wayne Toups and the Zyudecajun Band concert. Dr. Ancelet will lead discussions and dance instruction through this fascinating residency. Barry Jean Ancelet is a Cajun folklorist and expert in Cajun music and Cajun French. He has written several books, and under the pseudonym Jean Arceneaux he has written Cajun French poetry and lyrics to Cajun French songs. He graduated from the University of Southwestern Louisiana (now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette) with a BA in French in 1974. He received an MA in Folklore from Indiana University in 1977, and a doctorate in Études Créoles (anthropology and linguistics) from the Université de Provence (Aix-Marseille I) in 1984. He has been on the faculty at UL Lafayette since 1977, first as Director of the Center for Acadian and Creole Folklore, and later as a Professor of Francophone Studies and Folklore in the Department of Modern Languages, which he currently chairs.

 

Venue website: http://tarponarts.org/about-tarpon-springs/us/

 

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Sat. May 12, 2018 --- Porchdogs @ Saturday Morning Market (St. Pete)

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Al Lang Satdium parking lot, 1st Street S. @ First Ave. S.

 

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Sat. May 12, 2018 --- Wayne Toups & The ZydeCajun Band (Tarpon Springs)

7:00 p.m. at Tarpon Performing Arts Center, 324 East Pine Street, Tarpon Springs, Florida 34689
Website: TarponArts.org. Tickets are $35.

 

A Cajun accordion player who always wears a headband and uses zydeco rhythms, Toups’s real calling card is Cajun-flavored rock. Wayne Toups is one of the most commercially successful American Cajun singers and songwriters. Toups has been granted numerous awards and honors throughout his career including 2010 Festivals Acadiens et Créoles dedicated in his name; Offbeat Magazine Album of the Year recipient; Member of The Louisiana Music Hall of Fame, Gulf Coast Hall of Fame, and Cajun French Music Hall of Fame; and 55th Annual Grammy Award winner. This photogenic and energetic star of Louisiana music took the unusual step early on of naming his band after the style of music he invented: Zydecajun.

 

At 6:00 PM prior to the performance by WAYNE TOUPS & THE ZYDECAJUN BAND, paid ticket holders are invited to attend a FREE Cajun dance demonstration, the chance to get up and practice the fun moves, and a Question + Answer session with Wayne Toups, the band members, and Cajun folklorist and scholar, Dr. Barry Jean Ancelet.

 

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Tues. May 15, 2018 --- Cajun Zydeco Dance (Downtown St. Pete)

6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Caddy's on Central Ave., 217 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, FL 33705.
Website:
caddysoncentral.com

 

Good mix of danceable music by Cajun and zydeco artists singing about death, divorce, drinking and dancing. As Boozoo sang, "Dance all night, stay a little longer." We're in the lounge with a wood dance floor at Caddy's. It's around the corner from Ringside Cafe and Jannus Landing. No cover charge and drink specials the first hour. Great food. I can recommend the fish tacos and shrimp appetizer and the key lime pie. Stop by and let your hair down.

 

Outside Florida

Atlanta Cajun Zydeco Association

Saturday, May 19, 2018 --- Jeffery Broussard and the Creole Cowboys

Dorothy Benson Center, 6500 Vernon Woods Drive NE, Atlanta, GA 30328.

7 p.m. Beginner Dance Lesson; 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Open dancing ; $18 admission

Atlanta Cajun Zydeco Association website: http://aczadance.org/Bands usually play at Benson Center, 6500 Vernon Woods Drive, Sandy Springs, GA 30328; Phone: 404-613-4900.

Check website for dance events in Atlanta area at http://aczadance.org/

Charleston, South Carolina

Website: https://ccprc.com/137/Lowcountry-Cajun-Festival

Houston/Texas Cajun-Zydeco Events

www.zydecoevents.com/texaszydecoevents.html

Southern California Events

www.icajunzydeco.com

Rhode Island Events

www.rhythmandroots.com

Philadelphia Events

www.allonsdanser.org

NYC Events

letszydeco.com

 

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Saturday Night Live web broadcast from Bradfordville Blues Club in Tallahassee @ 9 p.m.:  http://1061thesound.com/

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