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

Sun. Jan. 21, 2018 --- Gumbo Boogie (Bradenton)

5:00 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Ace's Live Music, 4343 Palma Sola Blvd., Bradenton. Website: aceslivemusic.com

 

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Sat. Jan. 27, 2018 --- Gumbo Boogie (Bradenton)

6:00 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Clancy's Irish Sports Pub, 6218 Cortez Rd. West, Bradenton, FL 34210. http://www.clancysirishsportspub.com/

 

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Wed. Jan. 31, 2018 --- Tab Benoit (Tallahassee)

7 p.m. Tab Benoit with Brett Wellman and the Stone Cold Blues Band, and The Young Bucks at The Moon, 1105 E. Lafayette Street, Tallahassee, FL 32301. Tickets $15/$30. Website: www.tallahassee.moonevents.com

 

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Fri. Feb. 2, 2018 --- 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, 2018 --- Tab Benoit (Tampa)

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

 

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Tues. Feb. 6, 2018 --- 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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Thurs. Feb. 8, 2018 --- Waylon Thibodeaux (Zephyrhills)

7 – 9 p.m. Waylon Thibodeaux, Louisiana's 'Rockin' Fiddler,' at Ralph's Travel Park, Intimate Mardi Gras Concert, 34408 State Route 54, Zephyrhills, FL 33543. Call Leslie for tickets, 813-787-5685. (Note: there is also a County Route 54 in the area, which could cause confusion getting to the venue.)

Thibodeaux’s rollicking, crowd-pleasing performance on stage is exactly what one would expect from someone who, at age 16, was Louisiana’s state fiddle champion. He never fails to serve up a good helping of spicy, high-energy Louisiana and Cajun/Zydeco music. His unique musical style is best described by Waylon himself: “It’s a mixture—it’s Cajun, but not too traditional. It’s zydeco with a pinch of New Orleans’ sound, a small pinch of South Louisiana ‘swamp pop’, a taste of country, and a little rock’n roll that’s sure to get you on your feet and dancing.”

 

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Fri. Feb. 9, 2018 --- Waylon Thibodeaux (Tampa)

8 p.m. Waylon Thibodeaux, Louisiana's 'Rockin' Fiddler,' at Skippers Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa, FL 33613  Tickets $10/$13

Thibodeaux’s rollicking, crowd-pleasing performance on stage is exactly what one would expect from someone who, at age 16, was Louisiana’s state fiddle champion. He never fails to serve up a good helping of spicy, high-energy Louisiana and Cajun/Zydeco music. His unique musical style is best described by Waylon himself: “It’s a mixture—it’s Cajun, but not too traditional. It’s zydeco with a pinch of New Orleans’ sound, a small pinch of South Louisiana ‘swamp pop’, a taste of country, and a little rock’n roll that’s sure to get you on your feet and dancing.”

 

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Sat. Feb. 10, 2018 --- Waylon Thibodeaux (Panama City Beach)

3 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.  Waylon Thibodeaux, Louisiana's 'Rockin' Fiddler,' at Panama City Beach Mardi Gras and Music Festival, Pier Park, 600 Pier Park Drive, Panama City Beach, FL 32413

Thibodeaux’s rollicking, crowd-pleasing performance on stage is exactly what one would expect from someone who, at age 16, was Louisiana’s state fiddle champion. He never fails to serve up a good helping of spicy, high-energy Louisiana and Cajun/Zydeco music. His unique musical style is best described by Waylon himself: “It’s a mixture—it’s Cajun, but not too traditional. It’s zydeco with a pinch of New Orleans’ sound, a small pinch of South Louisiana ‘swamp pop’, a taste of country, and a little rock’n roll that’s sure to get you on your feet and dancing.”

 

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Tues. Feb. 20, 2018 --- 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. May 12, 2018 --- Wayne Toups & The ZydeCajun Band (Tarpon Springs)

7:00 p.m. at Tarpon Performing Arts Center, 324 East Pine Street, Tarpon Springs, Florida 34689
Website: TarponArts.org

 

A Cajun accordion player who always wears a headband and uses zydeco rhythms, Toups’s real calling card is Cajun-flavored rock. Wayne Toups is one of the most commercially successful American Cajun singers and songwriters. Toups has been granted numerous awards and honors throughout his career including 2010 Festivals Acadiens et Créoles dedicated in his name; Offbeat Magazine Album of the Year recipient; Member of The Louisiana Music Hall of Fame, Gulf Coast Hall of Fame, and Cajun French Music Hall of Fame; and 55th Annual Grammy Award winner. This photogenic and energetic star of Louisiana music took the unusual step early on of naming his band after the style of music he invented: Zydecajun.

 

 

 

 

Outside Florida

Atlanta Cajun Zydeco Association

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

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, 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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