You made it! The Bon Temps Social Club of San Diego!

The Bon Temps Social Club of San Diego holds Monthly Dances featuring bands from Louisiana, and social events in San Diego, and is an active partner in larger events such as Gator By The Bay Zydeco, Blues and Crawfish Festival, and Balboa Park's annual  December Nights. You don't have to be a member to join us at our dance events, but the modest cost of membership helps us measurably in producing our events. Members receive discounts and  special opportunities not available to non-members. We hope you'll join us at our next dance event, and consider joining our social club.

 

 

Calendar

 

Sat., Jan. 14, 2017  --- David Souza and Zydeco Mudbugs

War Memorial Hall, 3325 Zoo Drive San Diego, CA 92101

See Balboa Park Map for guidance.

Zydeco dance lesson at 6:20 p.m.

Dance to live Louisiana music from 7 to 10:15 p.m.

Admission just $10. Please pay at the registration table to get your wrist band. First timers receive a $5 discount!

 

Sat., Feb. 11, 2017  --- Bayou Brothers / BTSC Anniversary Dance

Balboa Park Club, 2144 Pan American Rd W, San Diego, CA 92101

See Balboa Park Map for guidance.

Zydeco dance lesson at 6:20 p.m.

Dance to live Louisiana music from 7 to 10:15 p.m.

Admission just $10. Please pay at the registration table to get your wrist band. First timers receive a $5 discount!

 

Sat., Mar. 11, 2017  --- Bruce Daigrepont Cajun Band

War Memorial Hall, 3325 Zoo Drive San Diego, CA 92101

See Balboa Park Map for guidance.

Zydeco dance lesson at 6:20 p.m.

Dance to live Louisiana music from 7 to 10:15 p.m.

Admission just $10. Please pay at the registration table to get your wrist band. First timers receive a $5 discount!

 

Sat., April 8, 2017  --- Theo & Zydeco Patrol / Gino and The Lone Gunmen

War Memorial Hall, 3325 Zoo Drive San Diego, CA 92101

See Balboa Park Map for guidance.

Zydeco dance lesson at 6:20 p.m.

Dance to live Louisiana music from 7 to 10:15 p.m.

Admission just $10. Please pay at the registration table to get your wrist band. First timers receive a $5 discount!

 

Festival-O-Rama

February 9-12, 2017 --- Sounds of Mardi Gras 2017 (Fresno, CA)

Bands include Zydeco Flames, Rom Rigney & Flambeau, Cell Block 7, Crescent Katz, Gino and the Lone Gunmen, Blue Street Jazz Band, Bob Schulz’s Frisco Jazz Band, Brady McKay, Climax Jazz Band, Devil Mountain Jazz Band, Dick Williams’ Jazz Sea Jammers, Sister Swing, and more. Website: http://www.fresnodixie.com/

February 2-28, 2017 --- Virginia Key Grassroots Festival (Miami)

GrassRoots Live! will include live performances in clubs and venues in the city of Miami by GrassRoots and Miami favorites Wednesday thru Saturday, February 22-25th plus Music, Arts, Yoga, Beach Activities, Kids Village, Food Truck Roundup and more at Historic Virginia Key Beach Park, Saturday, February, 25 and Sunday, February, 26. Website: http://virginiakeygrassroots.com

March 16-19, 2017 --- Yorkshire Cajun (UK)

Cajun bands, dance lessons and Mardi Gras mask making workshop. http://www.yorkshirecajun.com/

March 24-26, 2017 — Kemah Crawfish Festival (Texas)

Wayne Toups. Website: http://www.gulfcoastfestivals.com

April 1 & 2, 2017 --- Crawdebauchery Festival (Pompano Beach, FL)

Bands: Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band, Roddie Romero and the Hub City All Stars, The Revelers, Dwayne Dopsie and the Zydeco Hellraisers, Rodeo Clowns, Darcy Malone & The Tangle, The Stooges Brass Band, Hip Abduction, Raw Oyster Cult, The Revivalists, Maggie Koerner, Cha Wa, The Suitcase Junket.  New Orleans has always stood as one of the most unique cities in the U.S., seamlessly blending native culture with French, Latin, and Creole influences. Musically, the Big Easy is known as the birthplace of jazz. Come on out and celebrate the city and this cultural heritage at the inaugural CrawDebauchery Festival. Enjoy an unconstrained burst of vitality, where music fans will come together to hear live performances from acclaimed national and regional musicians, whose genres range from jazz to bluegrass, Cajun to rock. Taking place on two stages. alongside musical groups, festival-goers can feast on local traditional New Orleans cuisine like beignets, jambalaya, and po-boys, while browsing arts and craft, and enjoy a taste of the bayou right here in Florida. http://crawdebauchery.com

April 6-9, 2017 — French Quarter Festival (New Orleans)

The four-day weekend festival is FREE and there is no cost to attend any of the performances. The only costs are for food, beverage, and merchandise purchases on festival grounds, and certain off-site special events. In order to keep this festival free and open to the public, outside food and beverages are prohibited. French Quarter Festival is held throughout the historic French Quarter (Vieux Carre) neighborhood in New Orleans, Louisiana. Music stages are located at Jackson Square, Woldenberg Riverfront Park, Bourbon Street, Royal Street, Bienville Triangle, Preservation Hall, the French Market, St. Mary’s at the Ursuline Convent, and Louisiana State Museum’s Old U.S. Mint. ‘World’s Largest Jazz Brunch’ booths can be found in Jackson Square, Woldenberg Riverfront Park, the Jax Brewery parking lot, and Louisiana State Museum’s Old U.S. Mint. Special events take place at various locations throughout the French Quarter. Website: http://fqfi.org/frenchquarter

April  7-9, 2017 — Tampa Bay Blues Festival (St. Petersburg)

Tab Benoit, Buddy Guy, The Rides featuring Stephen Stills, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Barry Goldberg, Coco Montoyo, Samantha Fish, Ana Popovic, Albert Cummings and others. http://tampabaybluesfest.com

April  7-9, 2017 — Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival (Ponchatoula, LA)

Past festivals have featured bands like Chubby Carrier. Website: http://www.lastrawberryfestival.com

April 8-13, 2016 --- Dewey Balfa Cajun and Creole Heritage Week (Lafayette, LA)

There’s nothing like Louisiana Folk Roots’ Balfa Week! Our annual Dewey Balfa Cajun and Creole Heritage Week is not a school, or a festival, or a family reunion – it’s all those things and more! It’s “The Greatest Week of Cajun and Creole Culture on the Planet!” At Balfa Week, you can learn knee-to-knee with master musicians and culture bearers surrounded by great folks from across the globe. Our motto is “Jouer. Danser. Manger. Répéter. (Jam. Dance. Eat. Repeat.)” – and during Balfa Week, you’ll experience all that and so much more. Balfa Week features: Five days of 10 or more Morning Intensive Classes on fiddle, guitar and accordion; Twice-daily participatory teaching sessions on Cajun & Creole Vocals; Five days of instructor-coached Band Labs; Nightly Dances with fantastic Cajun and Creole bands; Five or more artist-led Jam des Amis sessions; Intimate afternoon words-and-music sessions with accomplished and legendary Featured Artists; Afternoon Lagniappe Sessions on a variety of topics. Website: http://www.lafolkroots.org/balfaweek/

April 26-30, 2017 --- Festival International d'Louisiane (Lafayette, LA)

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 21-23, 2017 --- Annual Etoufee Festival (Arnaudville, LA)

St. John Francis Regis Church Grounds, 370 Main Street, Arnaudville LA. (337) 754-5912 or  http://www.johnfrancisregis.net/index.php/festival

April 28-May 7, 2016 --- New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival (New Orleans, LA)

12 stages at New Orleans Fairgrounds.  http://www.nojazzfest.com/

April 29, 2017 --- Adams Avenue Unplugged (San Diego)

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, and noon to 8 p.m. on Sunday, April 27. Adams Avenue Unplugged is free and open to the public. Confirm times and dates at Website. http://www.adamsavenuebusiness.com/event-info/adams-avenue-unplugged/

April 28-30, 2017 --- Pensacola Crawfish Festival (Pensacola, FL)

Some Louisiana bands have performed in the past. Check website for lineup closer to the event dates. http://www.fiestaoffiveflags.org/pensacola-crawfish-festival

May 11-14, 2017 — Gator By The Bay Zydeco, Blues & Crawfish Festival (San Diego)

Headliners include Marcia Ball, Geno Delafose & French Rockin Boogie, Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band, Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys, Igor Prado Band and Dennis Jones Band. The event draws 20,000 each year, and offers the dancer five music stages from which to choose, with two main stages offering 3,000 sq. ft. tented dance floors at each. The event is situated on mile-long Spanish Landing Park on San Diego Bay directly across the street from San Diego Lindbergh International Airport. The weather in San Diego is particularly nice in May with temps at the bay around 75 degrees, but bring a jacket because when the sun goes down it gets a bit chilly. Website: www.gatorbythebay.com.

May 5-7, 2017 --- 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. Website: http://bbcrawfest.com/

May 12-14, 2017 --- Festival Cajun Zydeco (France)

Confirm dates on website: http://www.topela.eu/pages/fr/accueil.php

May 19-21, 2017 --- International Cajun Zydeco Festival (Netherlands)

Festival location: Corner Kloosterweg and Wilhelminalaan, next to the soccer fields, Raamsdonksveer. Website: http://www.zydecozity.nl/en

May 27-28, 2017 --- Simi Valley Cajun, Blues Music Festival (CA)

Website http://www.simicajun.org

June 1-4, 2017 --- Blast From The Bayou Cajun-Zydeco Festival (Preston, CT)

Band list and dates are not published yet. Check with website for details and contact information.

http://www.strawberrypark.net/2014-cajun-zydeco-festival/#.VmDm8YTtK-I

June 2-4, 2017 --- Michael Arnone's Crawfish Festival (Augusta, NJ)

Website: http://www.crawfishfest.com

June 24-25, 2017  — Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival (New Orleans)

11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. both days. Louis Armstrong Park. 901 N. Rampart Street, New Orleans, Louisiana 70116. Admission: Free  Website: https://www.jazzandheritage.org/cajun-zydeco/

June 17-18, 2017 --- Long Beach Bayou Zydeco, Blues, Creole & Cajun Festival (Long Beach)

Website: http://www.longbeachbayou.com

June 23-25, 2017 —- Muddy Roots Europe Festival (Waardamme, Belgium)

Website: http://muddyrootsrecords.com/mr_events/mr_europe/

June 30-July 4, 2017 --- Waterfront Blues Festival (Portland)

Information not yet available. Website: http://www.waterfrontbluesfest.com

July 9-14, 2017 --- 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.  https://augustaheritagecenter.org/augusta-schedule/cajuncreole/

August 3-6, 2017 --- Sailieu Cajun Nights Festival (France)

Email: bayouprod@aol.com. Website: http://www.bayouprod.com/fr/

August 12-13, 2017 --- Long Beach Crawfish Festival

Long Beach Crawfish Festival at Rainbow Lagoon in Long Beach. 2016 information is not posted yet. Please confirm the dates at the website. http://www.longbeachcrawfishfestival.com

August 19-20, 2017 --- Cotati Accordion Festival (Cotati, CA)

Cotati Accordion Festival in Cotati, California.  Festival location is north of San Francisco. http://www.cotatifest.com

Nov. 30 to Dec. 4, 2017 --- Louisiana Proud Dance Cruise (New Orleans)

Website: https://www.travelmachine.net/Featured-Cruises/65

Sept. 1-3, 2017 --- Ninigret Rhythm & Roots Festival (Rhode Island)

Rhythm & Roots Festival at Ninigret Park, Charlestown, Rhode Island. http://www.rhythmandroots.com/ws/pages/home.php

Sept. 2-3, 2017 --- Sebastopol Cajun Zydeco Festival in Sebastopol, CA

Website is www.WineCountryCajun.com

October 12-15, 2017 --- Festivals Acadiens et Creoles (Lafayette)

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 28-29, 2017 (Projected) --- South Louisiana Blackpot Festival and Cookoff (Lafayette, LA)

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.  Confirm the dates at http://blackpotfestival.com

Sat. Nov. 25, 2017 (Projected) --- Al Berard Music Fest (Henderson, Louisiana)

Confirm date and location on website. Information at http://www.alberard.com

 

Houston/Texas Cajun-Zydeco Events

http://www.zydecoevents.com/texaszydecoevents.html

Florida Cajun and Zydeco Events

http://www.floridacajunzydeco.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.

 

 

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