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. 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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Fri. Feb. 24, 2017 --- Beth McKee and Her Funky Time Band (Sarasota)

8 p.m.  A Mississippi native, Beth McKee offers fiery-sweet songs of tenacity and purpose, sung to a deep southern groove. The resulting sound is a composite of the places she’s called home; Mississippi, Texas, Louisiana and Florida. Downbeat Magazine’s four-star review states that Beth “honors blues, r&b, gospel and Southern rock traditions just as surely as she gives them contemporary voice in her fresh-as-a-Gulf-breeze music.” The Funky Time band consists of Beth McKee (vocals, piano & accordion), Juan Perez (drummer/percussionist), Gerry Wilhelm (bass), and Grant Peyton (guitar).  $12 adv., $15 at the door. Fogartyville, 525 Kumquat Court, Sarasota, FL 34236. Phone 941-545-5635, Website: http://www.fogartyville.org

 

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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 --- 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

 

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

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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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Tues. Feb. 28, 2017 --- Dopsie and Thibodeaux at Mardi Gras Fest (Dunedin)

1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Waylon Thibodeaux; 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Dwayne Dopsie & The Zydeco Hellraisers
7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Mardi Gras Parade

 

Dunedin Mardi Gras Celebration and Parade, downtown Dunedin, 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. Free general admission.
Pre-event drink tickets and "VIP admission" sold on website. Get there early to park near the event.

 

BAND SCHEDULE:

1:00-2:30 p.m. Waylon Thibodeaux "Louisiana's Rockin' Fiddler" (Website: www.waylont.com)

3:00-4:30 p.m. Shevonne

5:00-7:00 p.m. Big Easy Revue

7:00-8:00 p.m. Parade Break

8:00-10:00 p.m. Dwayne Dopsie and The Zydeco Hellraisers

Event website:  http://www.dunedinmardigras.com

 

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Tues. Feb. 28, 2017 --- Waylon Thibodeaux at House of Blues (Orlando)

7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Fat Tuesday Free Concert. Mardi Gras menu all month long. Happy hour 3 p.m.

 

House of Blues Orlando, 1490 Buena Vista Dr, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830. Website: houseofblues.com/orlando/concert-events

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Tues. Feb. 28, 2017 --- Mardi Gras Party with Easy Street Bayou (Englewood)

6-10 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

 

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

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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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Mar. 4 and 5, 2017 --- Easy Street Bayou at Fairy Fest (Osprey)

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Fairy Houses are small structures where fairies live in harmony with nature. Sticks, bark, dry grasses, pebbles, shells, feathers, seaweed, pine cones, and nuts are just some of the natural materials used. Ranging from rustic to intricate, these whimsical habitats are built by anyone who wants to get out, enjoy nature, and energize their creative juices. Fairy Houses can take many forms and can be created in different ways. For our purposes, we will ask individuals or teams to build their fairy house on a base so it may be transported to Historic Spanish Point and easily placed on the site. Fairy houses should look natural so they blend into the site. Have fun building them! Location: 337 N. Tamiami Tr., Osprey, FL 34229.  Website


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Sat. Mar. 4, 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

 

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

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Tues. Mar. 7, 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

 

According to Sharon, "We have a new place to call home!  Caddy's on Central Avenue in St. Pete has agreed to let us have our dances on the first and third Tuesdays of the month.  For those of you who are familiar with downtown St. Pete, Caddy's is in the old Garden Restaurant (217 Central Ave.).  There is a room off of the courtyard with a nice wooden floor.  They have a decent menu (http://caddysoncentral.com/menu/), and parking on the street in front is free after 6.   Several of us will be in Louisiana for the third Tuesday of this month so as of now, the plan is to have the first dance on March 7. Let's hope that this place works out. I tried to find something mid-county, but I had no luck. If you get a chance, go check it out."

 

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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.

 

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Sat. Mar. 11, 2017 --- Clayton's Crab Company Cajun Festival (Rockledge)

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission and parking free. Live Cajun band playing (The Porchdogs). Nash 102.7 will be doing a live broadcast. Kids zone (Mr. Crabs Crab Racing, Gem Mining, Safari Todd Unlimited). Arts and craft vendors, and lots of food vendors (some vendors will be serving live crawfish made to order, gumbo). Local jeep club demonstrations and competitions. Questions: Jan or Jenna at 321-636-6673 or email at claytoncrabfestivals@cfl.rr.com.

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Sat. Mar. 11, 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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Sat. Mar. 18, 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. Mar. 21, 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

 

According to Sharon, "We have a new place to call home!  Caddy's on Central Avenue in St. Pete has agreed to let us have our dances on the first and third Tuesdays of the month.  For those of you who are familiar with downtown St. Pete, Caddy's is in the old Garden Restaurant (217 Central Ave.).  There is a room off of the courtyard with a nice wooden floor.  They have a decent menu (http://caddysoncentral.com/menu/), and parking on the street in front is free after 6.   Several of us will be in Louisiana for the third Tuesday of this month so as of now, the plan is to have the first dance on March 7. Let's hope that this place works out. I tried to find something mid-county, but I had no luck. If you get a chance, go check it out."

 

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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 --- 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



 

 

Outside Florida

Atlanta Cajun Zydeco Association

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

Mar. 4, 2017  --- Jeffery Broussard & The Creole Cowboys

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.”
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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