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. 23, 2018 ---Gumbo Boogie (Sarasota)

7 p.m. at Cafe in the Park, 2010 Adams Lane, Sarasota, FL 34237.  Website: cafeinthepark.org

 

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Sun. Feb. 25, 2018 ---Gumbo Boogie (Bradenton)

5-9 p.m. at Ace's Live Music, 4343 Palma Sola Blvd., Bradenton. aceslivemusic.com

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Sun. Feb. 25, 2018 ---Porchdogs (Okeechobee)

11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. -- Cajun and Clays lunch party at OK Gun Club and Cabins, 9449 N.E. 48th Street in Okeechobee. Porchdogs play from 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. in the Crystal Ballroom, with dancing and special Cajun and Creole cuisine. The phone number is (863) 357-2226 and website is www.okcorralgunclub.com.

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Fri. Mar. 2, 2018 --- 3rd Annual Dance For Plants (Gulfport, FL)

Dance lesson: Carolina Shag 7-8 p.m.; Open dancing 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Costume contest: 9 p.m.; Raffle closes 9:30 p.m. (must be present to win). Dance proceeds to benefit the Gulfport Community Garden with music from WMNF's DJ Cheryl Mogul 's mix of swing, blues, soul, shag and zydeco. Other festivities of the night include a raffle with prizes donated from the community, expert gardening advice, and plant giveaways. Join your friends for a fabulous evening supporting our local Garden which donates produce to the Gulfport Senior Center food pantry. Come dressed to impress in plant themed costume and receive $2.00 off at-door ticket price. Tickets: $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Advance tickets available at Gulfport Casino, Beach Bazaar (3115 Beach Blvd.), and Mangia Gourtmet (2930 Beach Blvd.) For more information about Gulfport Community Garden, visit us at GulfportCommunityGarden.org or contact George Zarillo at 845-242-7452.

 

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Sat. Mar. 3, 2018 ---Porchdogs (DeLand)

"A Night on Bourbon Street" Black Tie & Blue Jeans Gala for the Rotary Club of Downtown DeLand. The dinner-dance party is at the Artisan Alley Garage, 111 W. Georgia Ave. in DeLand. It benefits local charities. In addition to the music, there'll be a caricature artist, roving magician, psychic readings and more.The phone number is (410) 349-7385 and website is www.ddrotary.org. The dance area is concrete.

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Sun. March 4, 2018 --- 4th Annual Zyde-Geck-OH Crawfish Boil (Gulfport, FL)

1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Featuring the Gulfport Swamp Opera & Friends! The food will be plentiful and the fun will flow. We’ll let loose and party, cuz’ the crawfish won’t know! Please bring a Cajun dish to share and whatever you care to drink. 5225 15th Ave S, Gulfport. Information. See event Facebook page for additional info.

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Tues. Mar. 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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Sat. Mar. 10, 2018 ---Porchdogs (Davie)

Noon to 4 p.m. -- Cajun Crawfish Boil at Flamingo Road Nursery & Farmers Market, 1655 S. Flamingo Road in Davie near Ft. Lauderdale. The tasty event is from noon-4 p.m. and includes crawfish, jambalaya, potatoes, Cajun corn & more at the popular 5-acre garden. Free admission and riendly dogs are welcome. There's ample room for dancing on pavement. The phone number is (954) 476-7878 and website is www.flamingoroadnursery.com.

 

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Sun. Mar. 18, 2018 ---Porchdogs (Naples)

An Afternoon of Irish and Cajun/Zydeco Music at Unity of Naples, 2000 Unity Way. Porchdogs at St. Patrick's Celebration concert from 4-6 p.m. in the sanctuary. The website is www.naplesunity.org. and phone number is (239) 775-3009. There is not an area set aside for dancing, but people are welcome to dance by their seats.

 

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Tues. Mar. 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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Fri. Mar. 30, 2018 --- JB's Zydeco Zoo (Tallahassee)

Bradfordville Blues Club, 7152 Moses Lane, Tallahassee, FL 32309. Website: www.bradfordvilleblues.com

 

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

 

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Fri. Mar. 30, 2018 ---Porchdogs (Winter Garden)

Fridays on the Plaza Concert Series, 101 W. Plant Street in downtown Winter Garden.

Porchdogs play from 7-9 p.m. at the Centennial Plaza Gazebo. There's room for dancing on pavement by the fountain. The website is www,cwgdn.com/special_events and phone number is (407) 656-4155.

 

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Sat. Mar. 31, 2018 --- Tanner's Zydeco Party (Winter Haven)

Porchdogs play from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on the wooden tiki deck overlooking Lake May.

Plans are for the event to be outside, where the dance surface is wood; if the weather doesn't cooperate, the indoor dance floor is faux wood. Tanner's Lakeside Restaurant and Bar, 1006 S. Lake Howard Drive, Winter Haven, FL. Website: tannerslakeside.com

 

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Tues. Apr. 3, 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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Tues. Apr. 17, 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, Mar. 3, 2018 --- Zydeco Ya Ya

Saturday, Apr. 7, 2018 --- Nathan and the Zydeco Cha Chas

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

$18 admission / $14 for member

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/

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Beginning Zydeco Dance Class Series — Thursdays, Mar 22 & 29
6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Darwin's Burgers and Blues, 234 Hildebrand Dr., Sandy Springs, GA
Cost: $20 for both classes or $10/ class, cash or check payable to ACZA. Walk-ins welcome.

Are you ready for a new dance experience or want to polish your current dance skills?  Come have fun with new friends or bring your friends for this informal class. No partner or previous dance experience necessary. Wear comfortable shoes and clothing. The exuberant Don Baggett is the instructor. He provides you the Zydeco cultural experience while building your confidence on the dance floor. Food and drink will be available for purchase at Darwin’s. Come early and dine with Don or stay after the class to socialize. Sponsored by the Atlanta Cajun Zydeco Association (ACZA), (www.aczadance.org) or (www.facebook.com/aczadance) To pre-register or for more information, email Don at essex34d@aol.com or contact ACZA at info@aczadance.org or 877-338-2420. (Walk-ins welcome.)

 

Houston/Texas Cajun-Zydeco Events

www.zydecoevents.com/texaszydecoevents.html

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Jan. 27, 2018 --- Cajun Mardi Gras Dance (Houston, TX)
Cajun French Music Association Houston

VFW Post 10352, 16035 Waverly Drive, Houston 77032

 

Southern California Events

www.icajunzydeco.com

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Feb. 10, 2018 — Billy Lee & The Swamp Critters (San Diego)

War Memorial Hall, Balboa Park, www.icajunzydeco.com

 

Rhode Island Events

www.rhythmandroots.com

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Feb. 10, 2018 — Mardi Gras Ball (Rhode Island)

Bands include Beausoleil avec Michael Doucet, Nathan and the Zydeco Cha Chas, and The Knickerbocker All-Stars. rhythmandroots.com/mardi-gras-ball; 401.783.3926

 

Philadelphia Events

www.allonsdanser.org

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Feb. 9, 2018 — CJ Chenier (PA)

At the TK Club, 521 E. Hector Street, Conshohocken, PA; allonsdanser.org

Feb. 23, 2018 — Kevin Naquin (Philadelphia)

Commodore Barry Club, 6815 Emlen St., Philadelphia, www.allonsdanser.org

 

NYC Events

letszydeco.com

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Feb. 11, 2018 — CJ Chenier (NYC)

Connollys on 45th St., 121 West 45th Street (between 6th and 7th Ave) - 3rd Floor

Doors: 6:30 pm for dinner, drinks or socializing

 

Saturday Night Blues on the Web

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

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