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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!
>> Triple Crown of Zydeco (Wayne Singleton, Geno Delafose, Andre Thierry)
Festival-O-Rama --- Festivals Across America
Chubby Carrier is headliner at CrawDebauchery II
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.
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.
Leroy Thomas & The
Nov. 8 at
War Memorial Hall
Saturday, November 8, 2014
Leroy Thomas & The Zydeco Roadrunners
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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Feed America San Diego Food Drive
Please donate items from this list at our next dance featuring Leroy Thomas & The Zydeco Roadrunners. All donations appreciated!
Peanut Butter, Canned Fish, Canned Fruits without added sugar, Canned Soup, Whole Grain Oatmeal or Cereal. No glass, please.
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Leroy Thomas, also known as "the Jewel of the Bayou", is one of the most gifted, versatile, and dynamic musicians on the zydeco scene.
Leroy was born in Lake Charles, Louisiana and raised in Elton Louisiana. He comes from a family of zydeco musicians. His father Leo "The Bull" Thomas is the only zydeco musician to lead a zydeco band from the drums. Leroy's father has a distinct method of drumming that inspired not only his sons, but is still emulated by many zydeco bands today. Other family related zydeco musicians are Keith Frank, a second cousin on his mother's side, Geno Delafose, a second cousin on his father's side, and Brian Terry a cousin on his father's side.
At the age of eight Leroy decided to become a drummer like his father Leo so he and his little brother Lee Andrus Thomas made a set of drums with five gallon paint buckets. They used tree branches for drumsticks, and cardboard tubing from Christmas wrapping paper as a microphone. Leroy would play the bucket drums and sing without a care in the world. He didn't know he was on his way to becoming a very talented musician. In his early teens with determination, imagination, and resourcefulness Leroy set his sights on playing the accordion. He heard that a man in town had an accordion for sale. With his brother and cousin in tow Leroy walked to town with a used cassette player as currency and purchased his first accordion. Leroy taught himself how to play that accordion with the same determination he had formerly brought to his drumming. At the age of 18 Leroy joined his father's band on the accordion. Leroy was proud to play his fathers signature song, "Why You Wanna Make Me Cry," which is the most frequently repeated song in zydeco for over 27 years now. For fifteen years father and son played music and toured the world together. In 1998 Leroy decided it was time to form his own band, "Leroy Thomas & the Zydeco Roadrunners."
Today Leroy and his band have performed in over 33 states and overseas and have released eight CDs. Leroy favors what he calls "Old School Zydeco." He likes keeping the tradition of Louisiana alive and flowing. He throws in his own flavor but always comes back to original zydeco, the real deal.
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