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. Mar. 25, 2017 --- 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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Sun. Mar. 26, 2017 --- Chubby Carrier, Porchdogs & Gumbo Boogie at DeSoto Seafood Fest (Palmetto)

Presented by the DeSoto Historical Society, the three-day event is at Sutton and Lamb parks, 10th Ave. West at 6th St. West. Sunday is of particular note to fans of Cajun/zydeco music! The Porchdogs play from 2-3:30 p.m. They're preceded by Gumbo Boogie at noon and followed by Chubby Carrier & the Bayou Swamp Band at 4 p.m. Admission is $5 for the day.The website is www.desotosff.com and phone number is (941) 747-1998.

 

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Sat. Apr. 1, 2017 --- Porchdogs at Sat. Morning Market (St. Petersburg)

10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Saturday Morning Market, a grand nonprofit farmers' market with more than 130 vendors.The 'Dogs play from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Al Lang Field parking lot, 101 First Street SE, downtown by the waterfront. The website is www.saturdaymorningmarket.com and phone number is (727) 455-4921.

 

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Sat. Apr. 1, 2017 --- 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. Apr. 4, 2017 --- Cajun Zydeco Dance (Downtown St. Pete)

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

 

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Sun. Apr. 9, 2017 --- Chubby Carrier & The Bayou Swamp Band (Bradenton)

7:00 p.m. at Ace's Live Music 4343 Palma Sola Blvd., Bradenton, Fl. 34209, 941-795-3886.


Chubby Carrier 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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Tues. Apr. 18, 2017 --- Cajun Zydeco Dance (Downtown St. Pete)

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

 

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Sat. Apr. 22, 2017 --- Dikki Du and the Zydeco Krewe (Destin)

Information to come.

 

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Tues. Apr. 25, 2017 --- Dikki Du and the Zydeco Krewe (Destin)

Information to come.

 

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Wed. Apr. 26, 2017 --- Dikki Du and the Zydeco Krewe (Walton Beach)

Information to come.

 

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

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

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

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

 

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Sat. May 27, 2017 --- Dikki Du and the Zydeco Krewe (Tampa)

Skippers Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road Tampa, Florida 33613 813.971.0666. Cost: $10/$13. Come on out!  Website for tickets: www.skipperssmokehouse.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

Outside Florida

Atlanta Cajun Zydeco Association

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

Apr. 1, 2017  --- Feufollet in Atlanta

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.”

 

Concert and Dance with Feufollet -- *Plus a Free East Coast Swing Lesson with Bill Robinson*

Saturday April 1, 2017

6 - 7 pm Special East Coast Swing Lesson with Bill Robinson (free)

7 - 8 pm Free Beginner Dance Lesson

8 - 11 pm Dance

$14 ACZA members

$14 Active Duty Military

$18 Non-members

$ 5 Students

Feufollet is Americana at its finest— reverential but wholly nonconformists. The young and vibrant Southwest Louisiana band takes Cajun, honky-tonk, and string-band music as their starting point, and keeps an open mind about where their song craft will lead them. On Two Universes, their first studio album in over five years, Feufollet proves their Cajun roots don’t define them as much as propel them forward; whispers of the swamp and its time-honored waltzes trigger a modern and broad musical imagination, one that finds equal expression in blues, old-time, country ballads, rock’n’roll, whatever, all for the sake of the song.

Cajun, country, and rock’n’roll all began as homespun enterprises, by musicians tinkering with inherited melodies until new sounds were struck. Feufollet keeps that experimental spirit alive and well with their diverse musical palette, edgy arrangements, and pop-song sensibilities.

About Bill Robinson: As Division 1 competitors, Bill and his partner Linda received 18 Grand Championships and had a two year as undefeated East Coast Swing Champions. Bill was inducted into the Country Dance Hall of Fame in 1999. Bill has moved on from competition and is nationally recognized as one of the country’s best dance instructors. He is also the founder of Atlanta’s Country Western Social Club and event director for the Peach State Dance Festival. His ability to relate to students along with his warm sense of humor makes his lessons a joy for all involved. We are delighted to have him join us for our April dance and concert. You’ll have a wonderful time trying your East Coast Swing moves to Feufollet!


Fri. Mar. 24 -- Feufollet /Pine Leaf Boys at Savahhah Music Festival
Charles H. Morris Center, 10 East Broad Street, Savannah, GA. Concerts at 5:30 and 8:30 p.m. $35 (2 hrs). Area for dancing in front of stage. Late night Cajun Jam at Matthews Eatery. 11 p.m. $10 (2 hrs)
Fri. Apr. 7 -- Zydeco Dance Party with Geno Delafose & French Rockin Boogie. Charles H. Morris Center, 10 East Broad Street, Savannah, GA. Concerts at 6:30 & 9 p.m. $35 (1 hr 20 mins). Area for dancing in front of stage. See www.savannahmusicfestival.org for further information.

 

Houston/Texas Cajun-Zydeco Events

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

 

Southern California Events

http://www.icajunzydeco.com

 

 

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