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Cajun and zydeco dances occur weekly, monthly, and on special dates when bands are in town. Before most dances a dance instructor or experienced dancer will present a beginner's lesson lasting about a half hour, often followed by intermediate or advanced moves for fifteen minutes. Each month the Bon Temps Social Club of San Diego hosts a dance on the Second Saturday in Balboa Park. A beginner's dance lesson begins at 6:20 p.m., and their is open dancing to a live Cajun or zydeco band 7-10:30 p.m. Check the display on the home page or the "Calendar" page of this website for descriptions of future dances.
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The Bon Temps Social Club of San Diego is a member of the International Dance Association of San Diego County. Dance events in Balboa Park are sponsored in part by the San Diego Parks and Recreation Department.
Every Tuesday Evening in San Diego
Zydeco at Tio Leo's from 6:45 pm to 10:00 pm. Zydeco dance lessons are taught from 6:45 pm to 7:30 pm by a local instructor followed by the dance from 7:30 pm to 10:00 pm. Normally a local Cajun or Zydeco band plays and the cover is $10 which includes the lesson. Location is at Tio Leo's west of Fashion Valley at 5302 Napa St. (near where I-8 and I-5 cross). Map and other information is online at www.meetup.com/zydecosandiego or call Tio Leo's at 619-542-1462.
Dance Opportunities Outside San Diego
Brad Sjoblom posts Los Angeles Cajun and zydeco dance events on his Website. If you have an event in the Southern California area you would like promoted on Brad's site, email Brad at firstname.lastname@example.org or call him at (310) 320-1915.
Every Friday Night --- Zydeco dance at Eagles Hall, 2305 Alameda Avenue in Alameda, CA. For info, contact Dana DeSimone at email@example.com, (Website www.sfzydeco.com).
Visit www.FloridaCajunZydeco.com for dance events in Florida and the South.
"How-To" Video on Zydeco Dancing
Here is a brief lesson in the basic zydeco dance steps. There are many other steps and stylings which can be added to these steps. Contact Greg for private instruction in zydeco. Greg Benusa's contact number is 619-857-8409, and his Web site is www.zydecoach.com.
Mother's Day Weekend on San Diego Bay
Photo/Publication Design by Jim Hance.
Angelique, The Living Music Box, peers over Southwest Spotlight, a Florida news magazine, at Gator By The Bay. Angelique's Facebook Page.
Gator By The Bay, held at Spanish Landing Park on San Diego Bay, is the yearly celebration of Cajun, zydeco, blues and country music as well as incredible Lousiana food. Each year the festival hosts some 60 Cajun, zydeco, blues and country bands playing continuously on five or more stages, two with tented wood dance floors each accommodating well over 100 dancers. The festival also features a dance instruction pavilion featuring a number of nationally prominent instructors. Make your plans to be in San Diego May 8-11, 2014. Visit the Gator By The Bay Website for more information as it is available, or check back here!
>> Triple Crown of Zydeco (Wayne Singleton, Geno Delafose, Andre Thierry)
Festival-O-Rama --- Festivals Across America
August 2 & 3, 2014 --- Long Beach Crawfish Festival at Rainbow Lagoon in Long Beach. Bands will include Andre Thierry and Zydeco Magic, Step Rideau, Bonne Musique Zydeco, Chris Ardoin, and Wayne Thibodeau. Tickets $13 and up. Info updated on Website soon. Website.
August 16-17, 2014 --- Cotati Accordion Festival in Cotati, California. Bands: Andre Thierry, Mark St. Mary, MotorDude Zydeco; also, Alicia Baker, Big Lou's Dance Party, Dick Contino, Future Accordion Stars, Jet Black Pearl, Matuto, Polkacide, Rory McNamara and The Ring of Truth Trio, Sourdough Slim and Robert Armstrong, Mad Maggies, Wild Catahoulas. Festival location is north of San Francisco. Website.
August 16, 2014 --- Ardenwood Cajun Zydeco Festival in Fremont, California. BCajun/Zydeco music, dancing and delicious Southern and Cajun food. Visit the farm animals, shop specialty vendors and join some dance lessons. Our 18th Annual Festival features national and local bands. Advance Tickets will be on sale from May 30 - Monday, August 11, 4:30 pm online and by calling 1-888-Ebparks (1-888-327-2757, option 2). $20.00 per Adult (16+ years) $ 5.00 per Child (4-15 years). 34600 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont, CA, 94555. (510) 796-0663. Website.
August 29-31, 2014 --- 17th Annual Rhythm & Roots Festival at Ninigret Park, Charlestown, Rhode Island. Host band will be The Duhks. Ninigret Park is flat, grassy and spacious! It is perfect for RVs, pop-up campers and tents. Camping at Ninigret Park is allowed ONLY during the Rhythm and Roots Festival. A full festival camping ticket includes camping from 9:00 am Friday thru Noon on Monday (Labor Day). Each person over the age of 12 who plans to camp at Rhythm & Roots needs a full festival camping ticket. Anyone without a full festival camping ticket must leave the premises by 12:30 each night (a half hour after the music ends at the dance pavilion). Website.
September 6, 2014 --- 19th Sebastopol Wine Country Cajun Zydeco Festival at Sebastopol, CA. Bands include Jeffery Broussard, Rusty Metoyer, Sean Ardoin & Zydekool, Lawrence Ardoin and Andre Thierry & Zydeco Magic. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. in Ives Park. Tickets $25. Website.
September 20, 2014 --- 8th Annual Blazin' Hog BBQ Competition & Zydeco Festival at Mariposa, CA. Featured Band will be BluesBox Bayou Band at 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., and Ron Bombardier & The Bayou Boys at 2:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. Mariposa County Fairgrounds, Hwy 49 South at Fairgrounds Road. Tickets $15. Website.
October 10-12, 2014 --- Festivals Acadiens et Creoles in Lafayette, LA. Celebrate the rhythm of Cajun and Creole life at Festivals Acadiens et Créoles Dance to a traditional waltz. Two-step to the upbeat rhythms of accordions, fiddles and ti fers (triangles). Step back in time as traditional crafters demonstrate their artistry. Festivals Acadiens et Créoles pays tribute to the Cajun and Creole cultures with a combination of FREE festivals. Held the second weekend in October! Website.
October 17-29, 2014 --- Magnolia Fest at Spirit of the Suannee Music Park in Live Oak, FL Bands include Donna The Buffalo, The Duhks, Honey Island Swamp Band, Willie Nelson, John Prine, Kris Kristofferson, Mavis Staples, Drive-By Truckers, Col. Bruce Hampton, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Habanero Honeys. Single day tickets $50-$70, 4-day festival with camping $140-$190. Located just north of Live Oak, Fla, the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park is a one-of-a-kind music park and premier campground nestled on the shady banks of the historic, tea-colored Suwannee River in North Florida. The Spirit of the Suwannee is proud to host a variety of events throughout the year. In addition to these events, the park offers live music during the week in the Music Hall and a natural amphitheater for outdoor music festivals. The Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park was named the Best Live Music Venue in Florida in 2009 by Florida Monthly Magazine. 3076 95th Drive, Live Oak, Florida 32060. Phone 386-364-1683. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Website.
October 24 & 25, 2014 --- South Louisiana Blackpot Festival and Cookoff in Acadian Village, Lafayette, LA. The South Louisiana Black Pot Festival & Cookoff is one of the most unique festivals in Louisiana. Held annually at Lafayette’s Acadian Village, the festival celebrates its 5th year this October with two days of great music, dancing, food, camping & jamming. The festival is a cooperative of south Louisiana musicians, artists and southern culture enthusiasts, creating an unprecedented gathering of south Louisiana’s hottest roots bands, as well as a number of groups from all over the country. Live performances range from Cajun & Zydeco, to Creole, Swing, Hot Jazz, Blues, Bluegrass, Americana, Irish & Old-Time. Plus, an old-fashioned black pot cook-off, accordion contest, called square dancing, and ample camping space for tents & RV’s. Website.
These unique listings are compiled by Jim Hance directly from prominent band and festival websites. Changes in lineups and times are common. Refer to both the event websites and websites of your favorite artists appearing at the festivals prior to making your travel plans.
Cajun-Zydeco on The Radio
Here is a list of Cajun and zydeco radio programming streaming over the Internet. The times indicate when the broadcast is live (Pacific Standard Time in parentheses) on the radio and streaming live, but some programs are archived and can be enjoyed any time. Click on the link to view the broadcaster's website, and navigate to the program schedule for more information.
"Louisiana Dance Hall"
WRIR (Richmond, VA)
Mondays 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. (PST midnight to 2 a.m.)
"Zydeco n Blues"
KMUZ, Salem, OR / Link: http://kmuz.org/
Tuesdays, 8-9:30 p.m. (PST 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.)
KOCZ, Opelousas, LA / Link: http://kocz.org/
Tuesdays, 6-11 p.m. (PST 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.)
Carolyn Spivey and Leon Chavis host
"Zydeco Workout with Lola Love"
Thursdays, 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. PST
(PST 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.)
KFAI, Minneapolis, MN
Fridays 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. (PST noon to 2:00 p.m.)
"Zydeco Est Pas Sale"
KRVS, (Lafayette, LA)
Saturdays 8 a.m. to noon (PST 6 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.)
Traditional, contemporary and live Zydeco sounds. Cultural conversation and information on community events.
KRVS, (Lafayette, LA)
Host: Herman Fusiler
Saturdays, noon to 3 p.m. (PST 10:00 a.m. to 1 p.m.)
Louisiana music including Zydeco, Cajun, Swamp Pop and Blues.
"Born on the Bayou"
KRVS (Lafayette, LA)
Saturdays, 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. (PST 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.)
hosted by Lee Kleinpeter
Swamp pop and Louisiana R&B, zydeco, Cajun, blues and more.
"Second Line Parade" with Drew Miller
KSDS (San Diego, CA)
Saturdays, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. (PST 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.)
"Zydeco Pas Sale"
KPFT (Houston, TX)
Sunday mornings, 3:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. (PST 1:00 a.m. to 5:00 a.m.)
"Zydeco Zity Radio"
Sundays 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. (PST 8:00 a.m. to 10 a.m.)
Click "Replay" button on Website to replay past programs anytime
"Cajun and Zydeco"
with Charles Laborde and Jim Hobbs
WWOZ (New Orleans, LA)
Sundays, Noon to 2 p.m. (PST 10:00 a.m. to noon)
WRFG (Atlanta, GA)
Sundays 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. (PST 10:00 a.m. to noon)
KZSU (Stanford University, CA)
Sundays 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. (PST 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m.)
"Louisiana Gumbo Show" with John Osgood
WSLR (Sarasota, FL)
Sundays 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. (PST 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.)
Recent Dance Video
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>> Lafayette Rhythm Devils --- at Gator By The Bay, San Diego. Video by Brad Sjoblom.
>> Erin Brandt --- Leading Cat Christ in Zydeco to Same Ol 2 Step at Gator. Video by Brad Sjoblom.
>> Mama Tokus with Bayou Brothers --- at Gator 2013. Video by Brad Sjoblom.
>> Hustle Dancing --- at Clay's Stage June 1, 2013. Video by Fred Harshbarger.
Dwight Carrier & The Ro Doggs August 9
On August 9, the Bon Temps Social Club of San Diego present Dwight 'Black Cat' Carrier and the Zydeco Ro Doggs from Opelousas, Louisiana.
Dwight Carrier comes from a long line of distinguished musicians. He is nephew of Roy Carrier, and cousin to Dikki Du and Chubby Carrier. Moreover, the very first zydeco festival, Southwestern Louisiana Zydeco Music Festival, took place in his hometown of Opelousas in 1982.
Dwight's music career began in 1988 at the age of 14 when he and his brother Joseph formed the band Dwight Carrier and the Zydeco Rockers and recorded an album, My Baby Left Me. At age 17 Dwight joined the Creole and blues musician Warren Ceasar's Creole Zydeco Snap Band as accordion player. The band traveled the world for several years, and made multiple appearances at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.
In 2008 he formed his current band, Dwight 'Black Cat’ Carrier and the Zydeco Ro Doggs. This band embodies zydeco traditions, but with a unique style infused with blues and R&B.
Dwight Carrier & The Ro Doggs have played for the Bon Temps dancers in 2009 and in 2012. The energy was awesome! Don't miss the August dance at War Memorial Hall in Balboa Park featuring Dwight Carrier and The Ro Doggs, Saturday, August 9th.
Hear zydeco programs from all over the country and Amsterdam too! Click on the "Cajun-Zydeco on the Radio" tab on the widget to the left for a list of programs and links.
C-Z Hall of Fame
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