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. 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.

Opening for Marcia Ball is Gumbo Boogie.

 

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Sat. Jan. 13-28, 2017 --- Porchdogs and Nawlins Po Boys @ South Florida Fair

South Florida Fair, 9067 Southern Blvd., West Palm Beach. "New Orleans" is the theme of the 2017 fair, showcasing the music, fun, food and folklore of the Big Easy. N'awlins Po' Boyz  from Jan. 13-18 and the Porchdogs from Jan. 19-28. Both groups play three or four shows daily in the open-air Food Court. I'm pretty sure that smoking is permitted. There won't be a dance floor but it's very likely there will be room for dancing. Website is www.southfloridafair.com. Admission price depends on age and whether tickets are ordered before Jan.13.(I think it's easier to simply direct your readers to the website.) Phone is (561) 793-0333.

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Sat. Jan. 14, 2017 --- Porchdogs at Tanners Lakeside Restaurant

5:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. at Tanners Lakeside Restaurant & Bar, 1006 S. Lake Howard Drive, Winter Haven near Lakeland, FL. Phone: (863) 662-5948. Outdoors on the deck; Rustic restaurant overlooking Lake May. Free admission.

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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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Tues. Jan. 17 --- Cajun-Zydeco Dance (Largo)

6:00 to 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, and drop a couple bucks in the DJ's tip bowl (goes to maintaining the sound system).

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Wed. Jan. 18, 2017 --- Tab Benoit in Boca Raton

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

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

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Sat. Jan. 28, 2017 --- Gumbo Boogie (Bradenton)

6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Clancy's Irish Sports Pub, 6218 Cortez Rd. West, Bradenton, FL 34210. Phone 941-794-2489. Website: http://www.clancysirishsportspub.com

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Sun. Jan. 29, 2017 --- Gumbo Fest features Dwayne Dopsie and Porchdogs (North Fort Myers)

Porchdogs (noon) and Dwayne Dopsie and The Zydeco Hellraisers and The Porchdogs (3 p.m.). The Shell Factory & Nature Park will host its annual Gumbo Fest! This year’s event will feature live entertainment provided by Dwayne Dopsie & The Zydeco Hellraisers and The Porch Dogs. Several types of gumbo will be available along with some unique festival food. Admission is free, with lots of children’s activities and a great day of fun for the entire family. Children will also have free admission to the Nature Park with a paid adult or senior admission. All proceeds benefit The Nature Park Environmental Foundation, which provides transportation for Lee County school students to visit the park. Capt’n Fishbones, the retail store and fun park and the Soaring Eagle Zip Line will all be open. Gumbo Fest is 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Shell Factory, 2787 N Tamiami Trl (US41), North Fort Myers, Florida 33903. www.shellfactory.com.

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Thurs. Feb. 2, 2017 --- Porchdogs at The Villages (Orlando Area)

4 p.m. to 9 p.m.  on Groundhogs Day, Porchdogs at Spanish Springs Town Square, 1120 Main St, The Villages, FL 32159. Website:  http://www.thevillagesentertainment.com/town-square

 

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Fri. Feb. 3, 2017 --- Porchdogs at Fridays on the Plaza (Winter Garden)

7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Fridays on the Plaza , In the Gazebo, W. Plant Street, downtown Winter Garden, FL, Phone: (407) 656-4155. Free; bring a lawn chair!

 

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Tues. Feb. 7, 2017 --- Porchdogs at The Villages (Orlando Area)

4 p.m. to 9 p.m.  Porchdogs at Lake Sumter Landing Market Square, 1000 Lake Sumter Landing, The Villages, FL 32162. Website:  http://www.thevillagesentertainment.com/town-square

 

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

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

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Fri. Feb. 17, 2017 --- BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet (Bonita Springs)

8 p.m. Center for Performing Arts - Hinman Auditorium
Tickets: $45 Premium Seats, $40 Center Seats, $35 Side Seats
Join us as BeauSoleil avec Micheal Doucet take the rich Cajun traditions of Louisiana and artfully blend zydeco, New Orleans Jazz, Tex-Mex, country, blues, swamp pop and more into an authentically satisfying musical recipe.
Website: http://www.artcenterbonita.org

NOTE: Some websites report incorrect date for this performance. Please confirm date, time and venue when you purchase tickets.

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Fri. Feb. 17, 2017 --- Dikki Du & The Zydeco Krewe (Bradenton)

8 p.m. Ace's Live, 4343 Palma Sola Blvd., Bradenton, FL 34209. Phone 941-795-3886. Website: http://aceslivemusic.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.

NOTE: Some websites report incorrect date for this performance. Please confirm date, time and venue when you purchase tickets.

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Sun. Feb. 19, 2017 ---Beausoleil at The Original Cafe Eleven (St. Augustine)

8:30 p.m. The Original Cafe Eleven, 501 A1A Beach Blvd., St. Augustine, FL 32080. Website: www.originalcafe11.com

NOTE: Some websites report incorrect date for this performance. Please confirm date, time and venue when you purchase tickets.

 

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Fri. Feb. 24, 2017 --- Porchdogs at Women's Club (New Smyrna Beach)

6 p.m. to 10 p.m.  403 Magnolia St., New Smyrna Beach, FL. Ticket info: (386) 314-6192. Edgewater Rotary Club's Mardi Gras party to benefit local food bank.

 

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Sat. Feb. 25, 2017 --- JB's Zydeco Zoo (Tallahassee)

Bradfordville Blues Club, 7152 Moses Lane, Tallahassee, FL 32309. Phone 850-906-0766. Website: www.bradfordvilleblues.com. This is a great little club -- a bit of a challenge to find, but worth the effort!

 

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

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

 

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Sun. Feb. 26, 2017 --- Porchdogs at Shrimpfest (Fellsmere, FL)

Noon to 2 p.m. Porchdogs at ShrimpFest & Craft Brew Hullabaloo, Old Schoolhouse, 22 S. Orange St., Fellsmere, FL. Ticket info: (772) 321-3916. Enjoy special shrimp plates & dozens of beers from S. Fla. breweries and home brewers. Benefits local youth sports & organizations. Entertainment all day.

 

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Sat. Mar. 4, 2017 --- Porchdogs at Rotary Club (Deland, FL)

7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Porchdogs play at "A Night On Bourbon Street" at Persimmon Hollow Brewing Co., 111 W Georgia Ave, DeLand, FL 32720. Ticket info:410-349-7385. Rotary Club of Downtown DeLand charity fundraiser.

 

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Fri. Mar. 10, 2017 --- Dance For Plants (Gulfport)

7 p.m. to 11 p.m. --- Swing and Zydeco Dance benefits Gulfport Community Garden. DJ music by Jim Hance -- like last year, mix of swing, zydeco, blues, groove, ballroom, hustle, funk, Latin, jazz and pop. Zydeco dance lesson 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tickets $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Information: gulfportcommunitygarden@gmail.com, and website gulfportcommunitygarden.org.

 

Outside Florida

Atlanta Cajun Zydeco Association

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

Jan. 7, 2017  --- Zydeco Ya Ya

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, 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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