Next Zydeco Dance at
Enigma, St. Petersburg:
Tuesday, Feb. 3

Thanks for all of the support of about 40 dancers at our first dance at Enigma on Jan. 13. We'll do it again on the first Tuesday in February, and BEGINNING IN MARCH we will have two dances per month (first and third Tuesdays usually) as long as we get a good turnout.

Next dance Feb. 3 --- 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Enigma, 1110 Central Avenue, St. Pete 33705. Happy Hour prices on drinks at the bar are 2 for one ($4 domestic beer will be two for $4) all the way to 9 p.m., and no cover charge. Hungry? You're welcome to bring food in from Ricky P's across the street, or Bodega's or Red Mesa Mercado (they have the menus at Enigma). See calendar listing for map of free parking on this block with no 2-hour limit. Uncovered treasures: This week I have some ZYDECO dance music by some unexpected artists such as Michelle Shocked, Taj Mahal and David Hidalgo that you won't want to miss. Yes, I'm serious! It's good stuff. Questions and requests: Sharon Stern, (727) 648-7858,, or Jim Hance, (813) 465-8165,



Photo courtesy Rick Raney

Lisa Haley & the Zydekats at The Villages

This Grammy-nominated band will be playing two Thursdays (February 5 and 12) at The Villages near Orlando.


"Lisa has the Spirit in her, big time. Her music just plain grabs you and takes you over!"  --- Keb Mo


"The 'Mick Jagger' of zydeco."

--- KUCI Radio


"That girl plays as good as a man!" --- Clifton Chenier, "King of Zydeco"


"Joyful, exotic, 'cornbread' voice...a pop approach to Louisiana spice... ala Janis Joplin."  --- Los Angeles Times


See the Calendar page for more information. Lisa will likely add another performance while she is here, so stay tuned.



Nathan & Zydeco Cha Chas to play Valentine's Day in Hollywood, FL and Mardi Gras in Dunedin.

Saturday, Feb. 14 at ArtsPark in Hollywood, Fl.

Tuesday, Feb. 17 at Mardi Gras in Dunedin.

See Calendar for details.




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.

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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




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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



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