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

 

Tues. Jan. 21, 2020 ---  Cajun Zydeco Dance at Skipper’s (Tampa, FL)

Free admission! 910 Skipper Road Tampa, Florida 33613.  Phone: 813-971-0666 
skipperssmokehouse.com

 

Dance lesson with Jerry Carrier @ 7 p.m. followed by open dancing to DJ music by Jim Hance until 9:30 p.m.

Skipper's is featuring $1 margaritas and a Taco Tuesday fish taco special. I look forward to what they have cooking.

 

The music tonight includes new music to the DJ library from Terry and the Zydeco Bad Boys and Lisa Trahan, and I've got a few unicorns on standby that don't quite fit the genre perfectly (Blue Rhythm Boys, Mavericks, Dan Hicks and Tampa Bay's own Cadillac Cowboys). Other artists in the playlist include Boozoo Chavis, Chris Ardoin, Keith Frank, Zydeco Force, Balfa Toujours, Jesse Lege, Horace Trahan, Jeffery Broussard, Lynn August and two generations of Williams. EVERY TENTH SONG IS A WALTZ. And your requests are most welcome. Don't miss the fun, and come on out to support Cajun and zydeco dancing in Tampa at Tampa's iconic music venue and restaurant under the towering oak trees often called the 'Skipperdome,' the perfect setting a a Cajun zydeco dance.

 

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Sun. Jan. 26, 2020 ---  Gumbo Fest (North Fort Myers, FL)

The Porchdogs perform noon to 3 p.m.; Dwayne Dopsie and the Zydeco Hellraisers performs 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. The Shell Factory & Nature Park presents the annual Gumbo Fest from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Continuous live entertainment headlined by a Louisiana band. Admission is free. Children will also receive free admission to The Nature Park the day of the event. The Shell Factory Fun Park, Nature Park, and Retail Store will all be open. The Shell Factory Facebook page. Venue: Shell Factory Nature Park,Gumbo Fest at the Shell Factory & Nature Park, 16554 N. Cleveland Ave., N. Fort Myers 33903. For information about Gumbo Fest and all The Shell Factory, visit www.shellfactory.com or call (239) 995-2141.

 

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Fri. Feb. 7, 2019 ---  Cajun Zydeco Dance at Sauced Bar & Pizzeria (Largo)

Free admission. Dance Lesson with Jerry Carrier at 7 p.m. followed by Open Dancing until 9:30 p.m. 
DJ music with Jim Hance all Louisiana style dancehall music throughout the evening by Cajun and zydeco artists from Louisiana, Texas and California.

Sauced, 1250 Seminole Blvd, Largo, FL 33770, phone (727) 584-7100

Come out and support the restaurant! We pull in a good crowd here.

 

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Sun. Feb. 9, 2020 ---  Mardi Gras Dance w/Gumbo Limbo Cajun Band (Gainesville)

4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.  (beginner dance lesson at 3:30 p.m.) Admission $10.
Venue: Thelma Boltin Center, 516 NE 2nd Ave., Gainesville.

Gumbo Limbo Band is setting the stage for a Mardi Gras celebration in Gainesville! Come join us for some great swamp pop music and dance the afternoon away. Dance, dance, dance. A second line. A King Cake. Costume and/or mask optional, but appreciated, no matter how minimal or outrageous. Laissez le bon temps rouler, all for $10! We are looking into having a food truck; if not, there will be a snack table with King Cake.

 

Any questions, please email GumboLimboDance@gmail.com
Facebook: 
https://www.facebook.com/events/2511238842264297/

 

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Sun. Feb. 9, 2020 ---  Southernmost Mardi Gras Festival (Key West)

4 p.m. Concert featuring Trombone Shorty, Tank & the Bangas, Rebirth Brass, & Big Sam's Funky Nation at Key West Amphitheater.

Website: keywestconcertseries.com

 

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Thurs. Feb. 13, 2019 ---  Cadillac Cowboys (Safety Harbor)

7 p.m. at Brady's BBQ, 340 Main St, Safety Harbor, FL 34695. Phone 727-712-3727.

 

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Tues. Feb. 18, 2020 ---  Cajun Zydeco Dance at Skipper’s (Tampa, FL)

Free admission! 910 Skipper Road Tampa, Florida 33613.  Phone: 813-971-0666 
skipperssmokehouse.com

Dance Lesson with Sharon Stern at 7 p.m. followed by Open Dancing until 9:30 p.m. 
DJ music with Jim Hance all Louisiana style dancehall music throughout the evening by Cajun and zydeco artists from Louisiana, Texas and California.  Every tenth song is a waltz.

 

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Thurs. Mar. 12, 2019 ---  Cadillac Cowboys (Safety Harbor)

7 p.m. at Brady's BBQ, 340 Main St, Safety Harbor, FL 34695. Phone 727-712-3727.

 

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Fri. Mar. 13, 2019 ---  Cajun Zydeco Dance at Sauced Bar & Pizzeria (Largo)

Free admission. Dance Lesson with Sharon Stern at 7 p.m. followed by Open Dancing until 9:30 p.m. 
DJ music with Jim Hance all Louisiana style dancehall music throughout the evening by Cajun and zydeco artists from Louisiana, Texas and California.

Sauced, 1250 Seminole Blvd, Largo, FL 33770, phone (727) 584-7100

Come out and support the restaurant!

 

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Tues. Mar. 24, 2020 ---  Cajun Zydeco Dance at Skipper’s (Tampa, FL)

Free admission! 910 Skipper Road Tampa, Florida 33613.  Phone: 813-971-0666 
skipperssmokehouse.com

Dance Lesson with Jerry Carrier at 7 p.m. followed by Open Dancing until 9:30 p.m. 
DJ music with Jim Hance all Louisiana style dancehall music throughout the evening by Cajun and zydeco artists from Louisiana, Texas and California.  Every tenth song is a waltz.

 

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Sat. May 30, 2020 ---  The Mavericks at Eckerd Hall (Clearwater)

8 p.m. at  Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Rd, Clearwater, FL 33759

Website: rutheckerdhall.com

 

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Sun. May 31, 2020 ---  The Mavericks  (Key West)

7 p.m. at  Sunset Green Event Lawn, 3820 N Roosevelt Blvd., Key West, FL 33040
Promoter says: "At the Sunset Green venue where this show is, there is an XL dance floor!! String lights hang above the al fresco concert space and in front of the stage is about 50 x 10 feet of space for dancing!"

Website: keywestconcertseries.com

 

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Wed. June 3, 2020 ---  The Mavericks at The Plaza Live (Orlando)

8 p.m. at  The Plaza Live, 425 N Bumby Ave, Orlando, FL 32803, phone (407) 228-1220, 
Website: plazaliveorlando.org/

 

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Outside Florida

Atlanta Cajun Zydeco Association

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

Sat. Feb. 8 — 8 p.m. Valentine’s Concert and Dance with Dennis Stroughmatt & Creole Stomp - at the Dorothy Benson Center, 6500 Vernon Woods Dr., Sandy Springs, 30328.

Concert and Dance 8–10 pm; Free beginners dance lesson 7-8 pm. $20/$5 students/$14 active military. No partner required. All ages welcome. Authentic Cajun/Creole food for sale from Fusions Catering.

Sat., March 7 – Hair of the Dog at Garden Hills Rec Center

Sun., April 19 – DJ Dance Party at Garden Hills Rec Center

Garden Hills Rec Center is located at 335 Pine Tree Dr NE, Atlanta, GA 30305

 

Regional Events:

Zydeco Ya Ya on Sat., Jan. 18 (Asheville, NC)

Cork and Keg, 86 Patton Ave., Asheville, NC; 8:30 pm;$5; www.facebook.com/pg/CorkandKegBar/events/

Dennis Stroughmatt & Creole Stomp on Fri., Feb. 7 (Asheville, NC)

Cork and Keg, 86 Patton Ave., Asheville, NC; 8:30 pm;$10; www.facebook.com/pg/CorkandKegBar/events/

Terrance Simien & the Zydeco Experience on Wed., Feb. 19 (Auburn, AL)

Auburn University, Gogue Performing Art Center, 7:30 pm; $27;

https://www.goguecenter.auburn.edu/zydeco-experience/

Mardi Gras Dance & Umbrella Parade on Sat., Feb. 22(Stone Mountain, GA)

2-5 pm; Main Stree, Stone Mountain; free. SMVMardiGras@comcast.net for info.

Steve Riley & Racines with The Revelers on Saturday, Apr. 4 (Savannah, GA)

Savannah Music Festival; Cajun Dance Party; Charles H Morris Center; 4 pm & 8 pm shows; $39; www.savannahmusicfestival.org (ACZA members receive 10% discount!)

Jeffery Broussard & the Creole Cowboys on Sat., Apr. 11 (Savannah, GA)

Savannah Music Festival; Cajun Dance Party; Ships of the Sea Museum; 4 pm & 8 pm shows; $39; www.savannahmusicfestival.org (ACZA members receive 10% discount!)

 

Philadelphia Cajun Zydeco Dances

Sat., Feb. 29 — Chubby Carrier & Bayou Swamp Band

Sat., Mar. 28 — Dikki Du & The Zydeco Krewe

$20 admission, $10 for students. Website for additional information: allonsdanser.org

San Diego Cajun Zydeco Dances

Sat., Feb. 8 — David Sousa and Zydeco Mudbugs

Sat., Mar. 14 — Bruce Daigrepont

May 7-10 — Gator By The Bay Festival at  (gatorbythebay.com)

Saturday dance events (except Gator By the Bay) are held at Balboa Park War Memorial Building. Website: icajunzydeco.com

Houston/Texas Cajun-Zydeco Events

www.zydecoevents.com/texaszydecoevents.html

Rhode Island Events

www.rhythmandroots.com

NYC Events

letszydeco.com

 

Saturday Night Blues on the Web

Saturday Night Live web broadcast from Bradfordville Blues Club in Tallahassee @ 9 p.m.:  http://1061thesound.com/

 

Listings on this page:

Contact Jim Hance at floridacajunzydeco@yahoo.com to have your Cajun or zydeco dance event listed on this page.

 

 

 

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