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Cajun and zydeco dances occur weekly, monthly, and on special dates when bands are in town. Before most dances a dance instructor or experienced dancer will present a beginner's lesson lasting about a half hour, often followed by intermediate or advanced moves for fifteen minutes. Each month the Bon Temps Social Club of San Diego hosts a dance on the Second Saturday in Balboa Park. A beginner's dance lesson begins at 6:20 p.m., and their is open dancing to a live Cajun or zydeco band 7-10:30 p.m. Check the display on the home page or the "Calendar" page of this website for descriptions of future dances.
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The Bon Temps Social Club of San Diego is a member of the International Dance Association of San Diego County. Dance events in Balboa Park are sponsored in part by the San Diego Parks and Recreation Department.
Every Tuesday Evening in San Diego
Zydeco at Tio Leo's from 6:45 pm to 10:00 pm. Zydeco dance lessons are taught from 6:45 pm to 7:30 pm by a local instructor followed by the dance from 7:30 pm to 10:00 pm. Normally a local Cajun or Zydeco band plays and the cover is $10 which includes the lesson. Location is at Tio Leo's west of Fashion Valley at 5302 Napa St. (near where I-8 and I-5 cross). Map and other information is online at www.meetup.com/zydecosandiego or call Tio Leo's at 619-542-1462.
Dance Opportunities Outside San Diego
Brad Sjoblom posts Los Angeles Cajun and zydeco dance events on his Website. If you have an event in the Southern California area you would like promoted on Brad's site, email Brad at email@example.com or call him at (310) 320-1915.
Every Friday Night --- Zydeco dance at Eagles Hall, 2305 Alameda Avenue in Alameda, CA. For info, contact Dana DeSimone at firstname.lastname@example.org, (Website www.sfzydeco.com).
Visit www.FloridaCajunZydeco.com for dance events in Florida and the South.
"How-To" Video on Zydeco Dancing
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.
Mother's Day Weekend on San Diego Bay
Photo/Publication Design by Jim Hance.
Angelique, The Living Music Box, peers over Southwest Spotlight, a Florida news magazine, at Gator By The Bay. Angelique's Facebook Page.
Gator By The Bay, held at Spanish Landing Park on San Diego Bay, is the yearly celebration of Cajun, zydeco, blues and country music as well as incredible Lousiana food. Each year the festival hosts some 60 Cajun, zydeco, blues and country bands playing continuously on five or more stages, two with tented wood dance floors each accommodating well over 100 dancers. The festival also features a dance instruction pavilion featuring a number of nationally prominent instructors. Make your plans to be in San Diego May 8-11, 2014. Visit the Gator By The Bay Website for more information as it is available, or check back here!
Get news on the next Gator By The Bay Festival
>> Triple Crown of Zydeco (Wayne Singleton, Geno Delafose, Andre Thierry)
Festival-O-Rama --- Festivals Across America
Chubby Carrier is headliner at CrawDebauchery II
November 15, 2015 --- YoungLives Cajun Festival in Gilbert, AZ begins at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 15. Cajun food, live music, craft beers and lawn games. Benefits Christian ministries. No mention of the bands that will play or if there is a dance floor. Tickets $35. Info: http://ylcajunfest.blogspot.com/. Email questions to: email@example.com
November 29, 2015 --- Al Berard Music Festival at Henry Guidry Memorial Park, Henderson, LA. Gates open at 10 a.m., with performances by Jambalaya with D.L. Menard, Jason Frey, Huval Family Band, Paul Dangle, Forest Huval, Nik-L-Beer Band, Al Berard Tribute with Basin Brothers, Roddie Romero & The Hub City All Stars, and finishing the late evening about 10:20 p.m. to past midnight will be Bonsoir, Catin. From 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. will be a jam session open to anyone who has ever been a student of Al or has played with Al. Proceeds will benefit the Al Berard Memorial Music Fund promoting Acadiana’s music culture by providing instruments, teachers and scholarships to students of all ages. Information at www.alberard.com.
December 6, 2015 --- Marcia Ball at Bradenton Blues Festival. The Bradenton Blues Festival on the west coast of Florida is an annual festival featuring a stellar team of top blues artists. Food, drink, and an array of vendors complement the live music to create an awesome experience. Popular blues singer and pianist Marcia Ball plays danceable tunes in the Louisiana swamp blues tradition. She showed an early interest in New Orleans style piano playing exemplified by Fats Domino, Professor Longhair and James Booker, and named New Orleans vocalist Irma Thomas as her inspiration. Other bands include Jimmy Thackery, Little Ed & The Blues Imperials, Samantha Fish, EG Kight, Doug Deming and Dave Muskett. Website.
January 17 / 18, 2015 --- Sunshine Blues Festivals — January 17, 2015 in St. Petersburg, FL / January 18, 2015 in Boca Raton, FL.
February 19-22, 2015 --- Virginia Key GrassRoots Festival in Miami, FL features Keith Frank and Preston Frank. Website.
March 21, 2015 --- CrawDebauchery II in Pompano Beach, FL features Chubby Carrier and Jumpin' Johnny Sansone. Website is yet to be updated. Website.
April 10-12, 2015 — Tampa Bay Blues Festival (St. Petersburg, FL) The Tampa Bay Blues Festival is one of the world’s finest blues music events, staged in the tropical setting of Vinoy Park on the shores of Tampa Bay. Bands include Tower of Power, Boz Scaggs, Southern Hospitality, Tab Benoit, John Nemeth, Brandon Santini, Betty Fox and Rod Piazza & the Mighty Flyers. http://tampabaybluesfest.com
April 16-18, 2015 --- Wanee Music Festival (Live Oak, FL) The Spirit of the Suwannee in Live Oaks, FL. 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: firstname.lastname@example.org. http://www.waneefestival.com/
April 24-26, 2015 --- Annual Etoufee Festival (Arnaudville, LA) St. John Francis Regis Church Grounds, 370 Main Street, Arnaudville LA. (337) 754-5912 or www.johnfrancisregis.net. Website. http://johnfrancisregis.net/etouffee_festival.html
April 22-26, 2015 --- Festival International d'Louisiane in downtown Lafayette, LA (Evangeline Parish, LA).The annual 5-day festival is held during the last full week of April. Historic downtown Lafayette, Louisiana, is transformed into an entertainment complex featuring six music stages, food court areas, street musicians and animators, arts and crafts boutiques, art galleries, beverage stands, cultural workshops, international cooking demonstrations and a world music store. http://www.festivalinternational.com
April 24-May 3, 2015 --- New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in New Orleans, LA. 12 stages at New Orleans Fairgrounds. http://www.nojazzfest.com/
April 25-28, 2015 --- Adams Avenue Unplugged in San Diego, CA. 25 stages, 135 acts, 150 performances. Unplugged, formerly the Roots Festival, is a musical walk-about. Acoustic performances are held inside businesses and on large outdoor stages. Music is scheduled from noon to 10 p.m. on Saturday, April 26 and noon to 8 p.m. on Sunday, April 27. Adams Avenue Unplugged is free and open to the public.
May 1-3, 2015 --- Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival (Breaux Bridge, LA). Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival, Parc Hardy, Breaux Bridge, LA. The Crawfish Festival has also become one of the largest gatherings of world famous Cajun musicians. All weekend long you can hear the sound of authentic Cajun, zydeco and swamp pop music rising from the festival. Whether your musical taste is Cajun or Creole, you can witness over 30 bands perform over the three day event if you think you have the stamina. It's a perfect opportunity to see our musical tradition passed from generation to generation. Watch the Cajun dance contests, and if you're brave, join in. There's no better way to learn. There are even Cajun music workshops held in the heritage tent. http://www.bbcrawfest.com/festival_information.html
May 8-9, 2015 --- WMNF's 33rd Annual Tropical Heatwave (Tampa, FL). Since 1982, Tropical Heatwave has been a rite of spring for fans of eclectic music. Once just a Cuban Club event, Tropical Heatwave now spreads all over Ybor City, presenting an incredible lineup of diverse entertainment with more than 60 bands on multiple stages.
May 7-10, 2015 --- Gator By The Bay Zydeco, Blues & Crawfish Festival in San Diego, CA. Gator By The Bay, held in San Diego, is the yearly celebration of zydeco blues music and incredible Lousiana food. With top names in the field coming out for this years festival, there will be even more amazing artists and food on offer. Whether you come for the blues or the crawfish, you cannot miss the annual Gator By The Bay in San Diego! Festival takes place at Spanish Landing Park on beautiful San Diego Bay (across Harbor Drive from San Diego International Airport). Gator By The Bay Website.
May 23-24, 2015 --- 25th Annual Simi Valley Cajun, Blues Music Festival in Simi Valley, CA. Memorial Day Weekend in Rancho Santa Susana Community Park, 5005 E Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley, CA 93063-3429. Website.
May 29-31, 2015 --- Michael Arnone's Crawfish Festival in Augusta, NJ (Sussex County Fairgrounds). Featuring the best Music and Food that Louisiana and New Orleans has to offer. Cajun, Zydeco, Delta Blues, New Orleans R&B, Brass, Gospel and Jazz on 4 Stages.
June 4-7, 2015 --- Blast From The Bayou Cajun-Zydeco Festival at Strawberry Park, Preston, Connecticut.
June 6-7, 2015 — Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival
11:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. both days. Louis Armstrong Park. 901 N. Rampart Street, New Orleans, Louisiana 70116. Admission: Free
June 20-21, 2015 --- 28th Annual Long Beach Bayou Zydeco, Blues, Creole & Cajun Festival in Long Beach, CA. We are excited to share the best parts of Louisiana Bayou and New Orleans Culture with Long Beach. We invite you to delight in the specialties of Cajun and Creole cuisine and savor the many delicacies and flavors of the Big Easy. Rich in cultural music traditions, the Long Beach Bayou and Blues Festival presents a wide range of groups, featuring Cajun, Zydeco and Blues artists.
July 1-4, 2015 --- Celebrate Waupun Louisiana Stage in Waupun, Wisconsin. Information not yet available.
July 2-5, 2015 --- Portland's Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival in Portland, Oregon. Information not yet available.
July 5-10, 2015 --- Cajun-Creole Week at Augusta Heritage Center, West Virginia. "It's a great way to get out of the heat and head for some of the most scenic mountains in the East. Over the years a lot of Floridians have attended." Music and cooking workshops and dancing. See American Heritage Center YouTube Channel. Info: 800-624-3157, ext. 1209, or 304-637-1209 https://augustaheritagecenter.org/event/cajuncreole-week-2/
August 1 & 2, 2015 --- Long Beach Crawfish Festival at Rainbow Lagoon in Long Beach. Website. http://www.longbeachcrawfishfestival.com
August 22-23, 2015 --- Cotati Accordion Festival in Cotati, California. Festival location is north of San Francisco. http://www.cotatifest.com.
Sept. 4-6, 2015 --- 17th Annual Rhythm & Roots Festival at Ninigret Park, Charlestown, Rhode Island. http://www.rhythmandroots.com/ws/pages/home.php
October 9-11, 2015 --- 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! http://www.festivalsacadiens.com
October 16-28, 2015 --- Magnolia Fest at Spirit of the Suannee Music Park in Live Oak, FL 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: email@example.com.
October 17, 2015 — The Creole United Festival at Dunphy Park, Sausalito, CA. No information posted yet.
October 23 & 24, 2015 --- 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. http://blackpotfestival.com
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.
Cajun-Zydeco on The Radio
Here is a list of Cajun and zydeco radio programming streaming over the Internet. The times indicate when the broadcast is live (Pacific 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.
"Louisiana Dance Hall"
WRIR (Richmond, VA)
Mondays 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. (PST midnight to 2 a.m.)
"Zydeco n Blues"
KMUZ, Salem, OR / Link: http://kmuz.org/
Tuesdays, 8-9:30 p.m. (PST 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.)
KOCZ, Opelousas, LA / Link: http://kocz.org/
Tuesdays, 6-11 p.m. (PST 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.)
Carolyn Spivey and Leon Chavis host
"Zydeco Workout with Lola Love"
Thursdays, 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. PST
(PST 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.)
KFAI, Minneapolis, MN
Fridays 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. (PST noon to 2:00 p.m.)
"Zydeco Est Pas Sale"
KRVS, (Lafayette, LA)
Saturdays 8 a.m. to noon (PST 6 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.)
Traditional, contemporary and live Zydeco sounds. Cultural conversation and information on community events.
KRVS, (Lafayette, LA)
Host: Herman Fusiler
Saturdays, noon to 3 p.m. (PST 10:00 a.m. to 1 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. (PST 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 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. (PST 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.)
"Zydeco Pas Sale"
KPFT (Houston, TX)
Sunday mornings, 3:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. (PST 1:00 a.m. to 5:00 a.m.)
"Zydeco Zity Radio"
Sundays 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. (PST 8:00 a.m. to 10 a.m.)
Click "Replay" button on Website to replay past programs anytime
"Cajun and Zydeco"
with Charles Laborde and Jim Hobbs
WWOZ (New Orleans, LA)
Sundays, Noon to 2 p.m. (PST 10:00 a.m. to noon)
WRFG (Atlanta, GA)
Sundays 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. (PST 10:00 a.m. to noon)
KZSU (Stanford University, CA)
Sundays 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. (PST 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m.)
"Louisiana Gumbo Show" with John Osgood
WSLR (Sarasota, FL)
Sundays 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. (PST 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.)
Recent Dance Video
>> The Hidden World of Ann Savoy (musician, author and historian of Cajun culture)
>> The Kingdom of Zydeco (Beau Jocque vs. Boozoo Chavis, 1994)
>> Jeffery Broussard & The Creole Cowboys (appearances by Steve Riley and Buckwheat Zydeco, and Don Cravins, mayor of Opelousas, "Zydeco Capitol of the World")
>> Balfa Toujours by Brad Sjoblom at Gator By The Bay 2014
>> Lafayette Rhythm Devils --- at Gator By The Bay, San Diego. Video by Brad Sjoblom.
>> 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.
Dance to Live Bands
at Balboa Park's December Nights
Dec. 5 & 6
Friday, December 5 --- 3 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Saturday, December 6 --- noon to 11 p.m.
The Prado in Balboa Park
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Gator By The Bay Stage features:
5 p.m. Jon Atkinson & the Nationals
6:40 p.m. Stoney B
8:40 p.m. to 10 p.m. Bayou Brothers
Noon Tyler Ray Davidson Blues Band
1:10 p.m. Tiffany Jane & The Kicks
2:30 p.m. San Diego Cajun Playboys
3:50 p.m. Sharifa and The Good Thing
5:20 p.m. Three Chord Justice
6:50 p.m. Billy Lee & Swamp Critters
8:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Theo & Zydeco Patrol
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Balboa Park December Nights, the nation’s premier holiday festival, will take place for the 37th consecutive year on Friday, Dec. 5, 3-11pm, and Saturday, Dec. 6, noon-11pm. As always, the event brings families and friends together to spread holiday joy, learn more about the cultural value of Balboa Park and kick-off the “most wonderful time of the year.”
Participating Balboa Park museums open their doors free of charge from 5-9 pm both evenings and more than 350,000 visitors are expected to experience the joy of San Diego’s largest free community festival. Those who attend will participate in a truly multicultural experience, enjoying food, music and entertainment from around the world.
As in past years, The Gator By the Bay Stage, in conjunction with our sister organization, Bon Temps Social Club, features some of the hottest local zydeco, Cajun, and blues bands in town, most of whom will be appearing at Gator by the Bay 2015. The Gator By the Bay dance floor is always packed with dancers, and in between music sets, instructors will be on hand to give lessons in zydeco, Cajun, swing, and line dance steps. The stage is located on the Plaza de Panama, between the Museum of Art and the Timken Museum of Art.
Additional information: Gator By The Bay Blog
Andre Thierry and Zydeco Magic
December 13 at
War Memorial Hall
Saturday, December 13, 2014
Andre Thierry and Zydeco Magic
at War Memorial Hall in Balboa Park
3325 Zoo Dr. 92101-1645
Doors Open at 6:00 p.m.
Dance Lesson 6:20-7:00 p.m.
Open Dancing 7:00 to 10:15 p.m.
$10 cover (First Timers Only $5)
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"In America, great migrations produce great music. Just as Delta musicians took Highway 61 to Chicago and electrified their blues, so did the Creoles and Cajuns migrate to California and establish vital dance communities. Now the California scenes rival anything back home in Louisiana, and that's due to players like Andre Thierry, a standard bearer for the new generation. Thierry is among the best of both the West Coast and the Gulf Coast, and he combines youthful vigor with a mature appreciation for his inherited tradition." --- Tisserand, Michael. The Kingdom of Zydeco
Thierry is a virtuoso on the accordion. Although Andre’s instrument of choice is the accordion he also displays talent on bass guitar, rhythm guitar and drums. He sings traditional songs in original Creole French and his voice has been characterized as rich and soulful.
Dance to the soulful music of Andre Thierry and Zydeco Magic on December 13th at War Memorial Hall.
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