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

 

Sat. Nov. 25, 2017  --- Gumbo Boogie (Bradenton)

6 p.m.-10 p.m.  Gumbo Boogie at Clancy's Irish Pub, 6218 Cortez Rd. West, Bradenton, FL 34210. Website: http://www.clancysirishsportspub.com

 

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Fri. Dec. 1, 2017 --- Chubby Carrier & the Bayou Swamp Band (Tampa)

Gumbo Boogie Band opens (time not shown) / Chubby Carrier @ 8 p.m. at Skippers Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa, FL 33613  $10/$13

 

CHUBBY CARRIER (ZYDECO) … is undeniably “The World’s Premier Zydeco Showman.” Born on July 1, 1967 in Churchpoint, Louisiana, Chubby is the third generation of zydeco artists with such famous relatives as Roy Carrier (father), Warren Carrier (grandfather), and cousins Bebe and Calvin Carrier who are presently considered legends in zydeco history. Chubby began his musical career at the age of 12 by playing drums with his father’s band. He began playing the accordion at the age of 15. By age 17, Chubby had begun to play with Terrance Siemien and toured the world for 2 1/2 years, before forming his own band in 1989. Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band have recorded ten CDs over the past 22 years of Chubby’s professional career. His band has traveled all over the world, performing to audiences in all parts of the United States, including Alaska and Hawaii, Canada. North Africa and Europe. Chubby and the band travel 150-175 days a year, taking his act to big festivals such as the New Orleans Jazz Fest, the Chicago Blues Fest. Summerfest (Milwaukee), Memphis in May, and several festivals in Europe. Chubby has also done guest appearances on recordings for Tab Benoit, 6Was9, and Jimmy Thackery. Ann Wilson of the group Heart encourages Chubby to “continue the great sound that you have. This sound will take you places.”

 

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Sat. Dec. 2 and Sun. Dec. 3, 2017 --- The Mavericks (Clearwater)

8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, and 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3, at Capitol Theatre. Tickets start at $46.50.

Capitol Theater, 405 Cleveland St, Clearwater, FL 33755. https://www.rutheckerdhall.com/

 

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Sat. Dec. 2, 2017 --- Gumbo Boogie at Capt. Bill's (Treasure Island)

6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.  --- Jerry Carrier says Gumbo Boogie is playing at Capt. Bill's Beach Kitchen on the first and third Saturdays through 2017. Captain Bill's Beach Kitchen, 145 107th Ave, Treasure Island, FL 33706
Consult website to confirm. Website: https://captbillsbeachkitchen.com/

 

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Tues. Dec. 5, 2017 --- Cajun Zydeco Dance (Downtown St. Pete)

6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Caddy's on Central Ave., 217 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, FL 33705.
Website:
caddysoncentral.com

 

Good mix of danceable music by Cajun and zydeco artists singing about death, divorce, drinking and dancing. As Boozoo sang, "Dance all night, stay a little longer." We're in the lounge with a wood dance floor at Caddy's. It's around the corner from Ringside Cafe and Jannus Landing. No cover charge and drink specials the first hour. Great food. I can recommend the fish tacos and shrimp appetizer and the key lime pie. Stop by and let your hair down.

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Sat. Dec. 16, 2017  --- Gumbo Boogie at Capt. Bill's (Treasure Island)

6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.  --- Jerry Carrier says Gumbo Boogie is playing at Capt. Bill's Beach Kitchen on the first and third Saturdays through 2017. Captain Bill's Beach Kitchen, 145 107th Ave, Treasure Island, FL 33706
Consult website to confirm. Website: https://captbillsbeachkitchen.com/

 

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Tues. Dec. 19, 2017 --- Cajun Zydeco Dance (Downtown St. Pete)

6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Caddy's on Central Ave., 217 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, FL 33705.
Website:
caddysoncentral.com

 

Good mix of danceable music by Cajun and zydeco artists singing about death, divorce, drinking and dancing. As Boozoo sang, "Dance all night, stay a little longer." We're in the lounge with a wood dance floor at Caddy's. It's around the corner from Ringside Cafe and Jannus Landing. No cover charge and drink specials the first hour. Great food. I can recommend the fish tacos and shrimp appetizer and the key lime pie. Stop by and let your hair down.

 

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Sat. Dec. 30, 2017 --- Donna the Buffalo (Tampa)

Annual end-of-the-year two-night party with Donna the Buffalo @ 8 p.m. at Skippers Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa, FL 33613  $25/$40

Donna the Buffalo is a band from Trumansburg, New York. They play both originals (primarily written by Jeb Puryear and Tara Nevins) and covers. The band name was suggested as "Dawn of the Buffalo" by a musician friend of the band; it was misheard as "Donna the Buffalo", and over twenty years later they are still "Donna the Buffalo". The followers of the group are called The Herd, a self-organized "tribe" of people who met at the group's festivals.

 

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Sun. Dec. 31, 2017 --- Donna the Buffalo (Tampa)

Join the "herd" at the  annual New Year's Eve party with Donna the Buffalo @ 8 p.m. at Skippers Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa, FL 33613  $25/$40

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Tues. Jan. 2, 2017 --- Cajun Zydeco Dance (Downtown St. Pete)

6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Caddy's on Central Ave., 217 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, FL 33705.
Website:
caddysoncentral.com

 

Good mix of danceable music by Cajun and zydeco artists singing about death, divorce, drinking and dancing. As Boozoo sang, "Dance all night, stay a little longer." We're in the lounge with a wood dance floor at Caddy's. It's around the corner from Ringside Cafe and Jannus Landing. No cover charge and drink specials the first hour. Great food. I can recommend the fish tacos and shrimp appetizer and the key lime pie. Stop by and let your hair down.

 

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Tues. Jan. 16, 2017 --- Cajun Zydeco Dance (Downtown St. Pete)

6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Caddy's on Central Ave., 217 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, FL 33705.
Website:
caddysoncentral.com

 

Good mix of danceable music by Cajun and zydeco artists singing about death, divorce, drinking and dancing. As Boozoo sang, "Dance all night, stay a little longer." We're in the lounge with a wood dance floor at Caddy's. It's around the corner from Ringside Cafe and Jannus Landing. No cover charge and drink specials the first hour. Great food. I can recommend the fish tacos and shrimp appetizer and the key lime pie. Stop by and let your hair down.

 

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Fri. Feb. 2, 2017 --- Tab Benoit (Tampa)

8 p.m. at Skippers Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa, FL 33613

 

Tab Benoit (pronounced ben-wah) is a blues guitarist, musician, and singer. His playing combines a number of blues styles, primarily Delta blues. He plays a Fender Telecaster Thinline electric guitar and writes his own musical compositions. Tab has recorded his own versions of several zydeco tunes (the Boozoo Chavis tune "Dog Hill," the Clifton Chenier tune "Hot Tamale Baby," as well as the Hank Williams' tune "Jambalaya," all of which he frequently performs in concert). In 2003, he formed "Voice of the Wetlands," an organization promoting awareness of coastal wetlands preservation. Tab’s passion for Louisiana culture runs through his music, art, and lyrics. BBC World aired a special where Tab is featured talking about some of the things that he loves about the state while promoting it’s tourism to the rest of the world.

 

DISCOGRAPHY

Nice and Warm (1993)

What I live For (1994)

Standing on the Bank (1995)

Swampland Jam (1997)

These Blues are All Mine (1998)

Homesick for the Road (1999)

Wetlands (2002)

Whiskey Store (2002)

Sea Saint Sessions (2003)

Whiskey Store Live (2004)

Fever for the Bayou (2005)

Voice of the Wetlands (2005)

Brother to the Blues (2006)

Power of the Pontchartrain (2007)

Night Train To Nashville (2008)

Medicine (2011)

Box of Pictures – Voice of the Wetlands Allstars (2011)

Legacy — Best of Tab Benoit (2012)

 

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Sat. Feb. 3, 2017 --- Tab Benoit (Tampa)

8 p.m. at Skippers Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa, FL 33613

 

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Tues. Feb. 6, 2017 --- Cajun Zydeco Dance (Downtown St. Pete)

6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Caddy's on Central Ave., 217 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, FL 33705.
Website:
caddysoncentral.com

 

Good mix of danceable music by Cajun and zydeco artists singing about death, divorce, drinking and dancing. As Boozoo sang, "Dance all night, stay a little longer." We're in the lounge with a wood dance floor at Caddy's. It's around the corner from Ringside Cafe and Jannus Landing. No cover charge and drink specials the first hour. Great food. I can recommend the fish tacos and shrimp appetizer and the key lime pie. Stop by and let your hair down.

 

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Tues. Feb. 20, 2017 --- Cajun Zydeco Dance (Downtown St. Pete)

6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Caddy's on Central Ave., 217 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, FL 33705.
Website:
caddysoncentral.com

 

Good mix of danceable music by Cajun and zydeco artists singing about death, divorce, drinking and dancing. As Boozoo sang, "Dance all night, stay a little longer." We're in the lounge with a wood dance floor at Caddy's. It's around the corner from Ringside Cafe and Jannus Landing. No cover charge and drink specials the first hour. Great food. I can recommend the fish tacos and shrimp appetizer and the key lime pie. Stop by and let your hair down.

 

 

 

Outside Florida

Atlanta Cajun Zydeco Association

Saturday, December 2, 2017 --- Holiday Party with Carolina Gator Gumbo

Dorothy Benson Center, 6500 Vernon Woods Drive NE, Atlanta, GA 30328.

7 p.m. Beginner Dance Lesson

8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Open dancing to Jeffery Broussard

$18 admission / $14 for members

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Saturday, January 6, 2018 --- Curley Taylor and Zydeco Trouble

Saturday, February 3, 2018 --- Mardi Gras Party with Dennis Stroughmatt and Creole Stomp

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Atlanta Cajun Zydeco Association website: http://aczadance.org/Bands usually play at Benson Center, 6500 Vernon Woods Drive, Sandy Springs, GA 30328; Phone: 404-613-4900.

Check website for dance events in Atlanta area at http://aczadance.org/

 

Houston/Texas Cajun-Zydeco Events

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

 

Southern California Events

http://www.icajunzydeco.com

 

 

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