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

 

Fri. Dec. 2 --- St. Armand's Holiday Walk (Sarasota)

featuring Easy Street Bayou. The evening will start off with a special holiday performance from 5:30 pm to 6:00 p.m. followed by the annual Christmas Carol Sing-a-long beginning at 6:00 p.m. Following the Sing-a-long will be the "Santa Parade" led by Wells Fargo Stage Coach with the arrival of Santa in his sleigh and then the tree lighting ceremony in St. Armand's Circle Park. 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Enjoy holiday entertainment for the young and young at heart. St. Armand's Circle, across the John Ringling Bridge from downtown Sarasota.

 

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Sat. Dec. 3 --- Easy Street Bayou (Englewood)

7-9 p.m. Easy Street Bayou at Zydeco Grille, 8501 Placida Road, Englewood, FL. Info on Zydeco Grille: http://www.zydecogrille.com. Info on Easy Street Duo: http://www.easystreetduo.blogspot.com

Lisa Brande and Mark Trichka are back from their summer retreat in Vermont to play for you Saturday evenings at the Zydeco Grille in Englewood, FL. They will be joined by  Mary Morillo on frottoir. Lisa and Mark play in various ensembles including Slippery Sneakers and Maple Sugar Serenaders, and are alumni of Thomas “Big Hat” Fields Zydeco Band and Al Berard Cajun Combo. They have been full time musicians for 30 years playing swing, bluegrass, Cajun, zydeco, rockabilly and honky tonk.

 

Easy Street Bayou: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FjK9MO19rbE

 

Special event: Sat Dec 3: Betsy Dawn Williams from Mass. (and rubboardist of Slippery Sneakers), will be joining us onstage at Zydeco Grille (also will be joining us the previous night Fri Dec 2 for holiday music on the Circle for the annual St. Armand's Holiday Walk in Sarasota. 6-9pm. Outdoors on the circle. Free. Many performers, and Christmas tree lighting etc.)

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Sat. Dec. 3 --- Gumbo Boogie at Capt. Bill's (Treasure Island)

7 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. --- Get your fix of Cajun Zydeco music this Saturday night @ Capt Bill's Beach Kitchen with Gumbo Boogie! For nearly 20 years, Gumbo Boogie has been performing its spin on music distinctive to America, including rock, blues, oldies, country and soul. Jerry Carrier says, "the band has promised an evening with of a majority of Zydeco and Cajun music knowing that’s what it takes to bring a good group of dancers." Capt. Bill's Beach Kitchen, 145 107th Ave., Treasure Island. Phone 727-317-3940. Website: http://captbillsbeachkitchen.com

 

From the Capt. Bill's website: How did the Kitty Mitchell Grouper get its name? Kitty Mitchell was a woman who ran a boarding house next to the Port Royal Lounge in Louisiana in the sixties. Many snapper fishermen passed through that boarding house. She always wore flowing flowery dresses, which resemble the patterns on the fish, and the name stuck.

 

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Tues. Dec. 6 --- Cajun-Zydeco Dance (Largo)

6-9:30 p.m. Island Vibes, 351 West Bay Drive, Largo 33770. Ph. 727-240-4420. No cover.

DJ’d Cajun-Zydeco Dance Party at Island Vibes Restaurant, 351 West Bay Drive in Largo. Restaurant is new and not well marked in the back parking lot, but you will see it on the corner of 4th. Plenty of free parking nearby if the lot is full (small lot). The menu for the restaurant is at http://sweetislandvibes.com/ No cover charge, but please patronize the restaurant.

 

PRE-ORDER DINNER at the Cajun-Zydeco Dance on Tuesday.

Earl, the owner of Sweet Island Vibes Restaurant, says, "We would like to offer your group the opportunity to pre-order their meals. If anyone is interested in doing so, they can view the menu on our website at www.sweetislandvibes.com. You can then e-mail the orders to me with their names and we have the items ready at a specific time that you choose."

 

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Sat. Dec. 10 --- Easy Street Bayou (Englewood)

7-9 p.m. Easy Street Bayou at Zydeco Grille, 8501 Placida Road, Englewood, FL. Info on Zydeco Grille: http://www.zydecogrille.com. Info on Easy Street Duo: http://www.easystreetduo.blogspot.com

Sat. Dec. 17 --- Easy Street Bayou (Englewood)

7-9 p.m. Easy Street Bayou at Zydeco Grille, 8501 Placida Road, Englewood, FL. Info on Zydeco Grille: http://www.zydecogrille.com. Info on Easy Street Duo: http://www.easystreetduo.blogspot.com

 

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Tues. Dec. 20 --- Cajun-Zydeco Dance (Largo)

6-9:30 p.m. Island Vibes, 351 West Bay Drive, Largo 33770. Ph. 727-240-4420. No cover.

DJ’d Cajun-Zydeco Dance Party at Island Vibes Restaurant, 351 West Bay Drive in Largo. Restaurant is new and not well marked in the back parking lot, but you will see it on the corner of 4th. Plenty of free parking nearby if the lot is full (small lot). The menu for the restaurant is at http://sweetislandvibes.com/ No cover charge, but please patronize the restaurant.

 

PRE-ORDER DINNER at the Cajun-Zydeco Dance on Tuesday.

Earl, the owner of Sweet Island Vibes Restaurant, says, "We would like to offer your group the opportunity to pre-order their meals. If anyone is interested in doing so, they can view the menu on our website at www.sweetislandvibes.com. You can then e-mail the orders to me with their names and we have the items ready at a specific time that you choose."

 

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Sat. Dec. 24 --- Easy Street Bayou (Englewood)

7-9 p.m. (confirm hours at zydecogrille.com). Easy Street Bayou at Zydeco Grille, 8501 Placida Road, Englewood, FL.

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Dec. 30 & 31 --- Donna The Buffalo (Tampa)

8 p.m. Donna The Buffalo with a warmup band TBD. Tickets $25-$40. Skippers Smokehouse 910 Skipper Road, Tampa, FL 33613. Website: http://www.skipperssmokehouse.com

CHECK VENUE WEBSITE ON DAY OF EVENT FOR POSSIBLE START TIME CHANGE.

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Sat. Dec. 31 --- Easy Street Bayou (Englewood)

9 p.m. to midnight --  Easy Street Bayou at Zydeco Grille, 8501 Placida Road, Englewood, FL. Confirm hours at zydecogrille.com.

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Jan. 1, 2017 --- Donna The Buffalo (Boca Raton)

9 p.m. at Funky Biscuit, 303 SE Mizner Blvd., Royal Palm Place, Boca Raton, FL 33432. General information: 561-395-2929. Reservations: 561-465-3946. Website: http://www.funkybiscuit.com.

CHECK VENUE WEBSITE ON DAY OF EVENT FOR POSSIBLE START TIME CHANGE.

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Thurs. Jan. 5, 2017 --- Marcia Ball in Boca Raton

The Funky Biscuit, 303 SE Mizner Blvd., Royal Palm Place, Boca Raton, FL, 33432

"Marcia Ball’s rollicking roadhouse rave-ups and soulful Gulf Coast R&B, her barrelhouse playing and her feel-good party tunes are iconic." -- USA Today

"A joyful musical tour of the territory between New Orleans and Austin. Ball’s voice can break your heart with a ballad or break your back with a rocker. -- Boston Herald

Website: funkybiscuit.com

CHECK VENUE WEBSITE ON DAY OF EVENT FOR POSSIBLE START TIME CHANGE.

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Fri. Jan. 13, 2017 --- Marcia Ball in Bradenton

8 p.m. at Ace’s Live Music, 4343 Palma Sola Blvd., Bradenton, Florida 34209. Phone 941-795-3886. Pre-sale tickets limited time only: $30. Adv. Tickets $35; at the door if available $40. Ace's is a non-smoking venue.

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Sat. Jan. 14, 2017 --- Marcia Ball in Miami

Two shows: 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. at South Miami-Date Cultural Center, 10950 SW 211 Street, Cutler Bay 33189, www.smdcac.org

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Thurs. Jan. 19, 2017 --- Tab Benoit at Naples Grande Beach Resort (Naples)

Opening is Damon Fowler. Adv. tickets available for $35 + service charge. Naples Grande Beach Resort, 475 Seagate Drive, Naples, FL 34103. Tickets: http://www.naplesgrande.com/tab

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Fri. Jan. 20, 2017 --- Tab Benoit at Skippers Smokehouse (Tampa)

Warmup band is In Business. Skippers Smokelhouse, 910 Skipper Road Tampa, Florida 33613, Phone 813-971-0666. Website: http://skipperssmokehouse.com. Discount ticket prices for both Fri. and Sat.

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Sat. Jan. 21, 2017 --- Tab Benoit at Skippers Smokehouse (Tampa)

Warm-up band is Gumbo Boogie. Skippers Smokelhouse, 910 Skipper Road Tampa, Florida 33613, Phone 813.971.0666. Website: http://skipperssmokehouse.com

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Sat. Feb. 11, 2017 --- WMNF Rockabilly Ruckus (Tampa)

Skippers Smokelhouse, 910 Skipper Road Tampa, Florida 33613, Phone 813.971.0666. Website: http://skipperssmokehouse.com

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Sat. Feb. 25, 2017 --- WMNF Alt Country Hoedown (Tampa)

Skippers Smokelhouse, 910 Skipper Road Tampa, Florida 33613, Phone 813.971.0666. Website: http://skipperssmokehouse.com

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Sat. Feb. 18, 2017 ---Beausoleil at Palladium (St. Petersburg)

8 p.m. The Palladium's Hough Hall, 253 Fifth Ave., St. Petersburg, FL. Tickets (listed as $29.50 and $39.50) on sale at www.mypalladium.org. Phone 727-893-7832.

CHECK VENUE WEBSITE ON DAY OF EVENT FOR POSSIBLE START TIME CHANGE.

 

Outside Florida

Atlanta Cajun Zydeco Association

ACZA will be hosting the following bands over the next several months:

Dec. 3  --- Jambalaya Cajun Band (ACZA Holiday Party and Dance)

Benson Center, 6500 Vernon Woods Drive, Sandy Springs, GA 30328; Phone: 404-613-4900. Free beginners dance lesson 7-8 p.m. Free intermediate dance lesson 6:15 p.m. to 7 p.m. Dance to live music 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.

The Atlanta Cajun Zydeco Association (ACZA) would like to remind dancers traveling to Atlanta that there is information about a hotel discount for out-of-town dancers on their website (http://aczadance.org/). “It’s the hotel where the bands stay when they play for us.”

Saturday, January 7 --- Zydeco Ya Ya

Saturday, February 4 --- Dennis Stroughmatt & Creole Stomp

Saturday, March 4 --- Jeffery Broussard & the Creole Cowboys

 

Houston/Texas Cajun-Zydeco Events

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

 

Southern California Events

http://www.icajunzydeco.com

 

 

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