Terry and The Zydeco Bad Boys
Terry and the Zydeco Bad Boys
Bon Temps Socialites at Nikki's birthday bash on the museum-ferry Berkeley.
Bon Temps Socialites Carole and Al
Ted and Karen at Gator By The Bay
Andre Thierry at Gator By The Bay
Chubby Carrier at Gator By The Bay
Horace Trahan at Gator By The Bay
Tab Benoit at Gator By The Bay
Tab Benoit at Gator By The Bay2
City of Angels Swing Dance Comps are April 3-6 in Los Angeles.
Billy Lee and The Swamp Critters
Theo and The Zydeco Patrol
Horace Trahan and Ossun Express
Chubby Carrier wins a GRAMMY!
Cajun-Creole Week at Augusta Heritage Center, West Virginia July 6-11, 2014
CFMA Award Winning San Diego Cajun PLayboys
Terry & Zydeco Bad Boys
Meet a Whole New Group of Dance Friends
Dancing is a great way to reduce stress, have fun, learn new ways of moving your body, develop a new appreciation for music, become part of a group of friends with love of dance in common, and to express yourself. So let's get started!
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.
Receive the BTSC Email Newsletter by emailing Jan Maxted at firstname.lastname@example.org. Newsletter updates are sent out about every week, and sometimes more often with late-breaking news .
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
Joel Savoy and Jesse Lege appeared at the Golden Sails Hotel in Long Beach in September. Bands appearing in San Diego are frequently playing the following day in Orange County or Los Angeles area.
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, (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
Festival season is in full swing. Gator By the Bay in San Diego May 8-11, 2014. Many other festivals are continually being added below.
NEW! March 22 2014 --- CrawDebauchery Music Festival 2014 (Pompano Beach, FL). New Orleans has always stood as one of the most unique cities in the U.S., seamlessly blending native culture with French, Latin, and Creole influences. Musically, the Big Easy is known as the birthplace of jazz. Someone in the know writes, "Don Matthews (booking agent for the Seminole Coconut Creek Casino) is bringing back a New Orleans Music Festival. His is trying to do this thing the RIGHT WAY and has consulted and retained many of the old Ft. Lauderdale Cajun Zydeco Festival volunteers. His goal is to start slowly this year with a New Orleans Music Festival (1 Day) and then build it up to another 2 or 3 day festival as was the old Ft. Lauderdale Cajun Zydeco Festival. He has also retained Jeff and Rosey Baby to bring in tons of CRAWFISH. Hallelujah!!!!! It looks like it will be great! The event is Saturday March 22nd from 11 AM to 10 PM in Pompano Beach. They are using the beautiful field area located behind the Pompano Beach Amphitheater." Come on out and celebrate the city and this cultural heritage at the inaugural CrawDebauchery Festival. Enjoy an unconstrained burst of vitality, where music fans will come together to hear live performances from acclaimed national and regional musicians, whose genres range from jazz to bluegrass, Cajun to rock. Taking place on two stages. alongside musical groups, festival-goers can feast on local traditional New Orleans cuisine like beignets, jambalaya, and po-boys, while browsing arts and craft, and enjoy a taste of the bayou right here in Florida. Bands include Rosie Ledet & Zydeco Playboys, Dwayne Dopsie and the Zydeco Hellraisers and Bonerama. CrawDebauchery Website.
April 4-6 2014 --- Annual Cajun Cafe on the Bayou Crawfish Festival (Pinellas Park, FL). Boiled Crawfish, Authentic Cajun Food and Fine Craft Ales available for purchase. Live Music and Dancing. Band list yet to be determined. Check Cajun Cafe Facebook page for details. 8101 Park Blvd, Pinellas Park, Florida 33781. Phone 727-46-6732. email@example.com
April 5-10, 2014 --- Dewey Balfa Cajun and Creole Heritage Week (Evangeline Parish, LA) Louisiana Folk Roots, based in Lafayette, the heart of Cajun and Creole Louisiana. Through the years since we were founded in 2000, we've been on a mission to nurture, share and perpetuate Louisiana's rich cultural heritage. No other organization does what we do. We celebrate Louisiana culture right at the source, right here at home. We offer lots of experiential, immersive learning opportunities year round. Whether it's the music, the food, the dancing, the native crafts, the language and oral traditions, the natural history of our beautiful state, or all these things that draw you here, Louisiana Folk Roots is your connection. Website.
April 10-12, 2014 --- Wanee Music Festival (Live Oak, FL) The Spirit of the Suwannee will continue in 2014 as Wanee Music Festival has announced their plans to continue the Live Oak, FL festival next year. The festival that boasted Widespread Panic, Allman Brothers Band, and Gov’t Mule last year will take place on April 10-12 at Spirit of the Suwannee Park in Live Oak, FL. Website.
April, 2014 --- Annual Etoufee Festival (Arnaudville, LA) Website.
April 23-27, 2014 --- Festival International d'Louisiane in downtown Lafayette, LA (Evangeline Parish, LA).The annual 5-day festival is held during the last full week of April. Historic downtown Lafayette, Louisiana, is transformed into an entertainment complex featuring six music stages, food court areas, street musicians and animators, arts and crafts boutiques, art galleries, beverage stands, cultural workshops, international cooking demonstrations and a world music store. Website.
April 25-May 4, 2014 --- New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in New Orleans, LA. Website.
April, 2014 --- Adams Avenue Roots Festival in San Diego, CA. FREE music festival along a two-mile stretch of Adams Avenue spilling out from east of Texas Street in Normal Heights, west across Interstate 805 and past Interstate 15 into Kensington. 100 live musical performances on three outdoor stages. Restaurants and bars feature music venues as well. Website.
May, 2014 --- Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival (Breaux Bridge, LA). The Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival Association, Inc., which sponsors the Crawfish Festival in Parc Hardy, has strived to maintain its focus on family centered and authentic Cajun activities. The World Famous Crawfish Festival first began in 1960 after the wonderful response to the Breaux Bridge Centennial Celebration in 1959. During the festival weekend, thousands of pounds of crawfish will be cooked anyway and every way you can imagine - boiled, fried, etouffee, jambalaya, boudin, pies, bisque, gumbo, fettuccine, stew and even crawfish dogs! Lots of other Cajun delicacies are also available for tourists and locals alike to enjoy. The Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival has become one of the largest gatherings of world famous Cajun and Zydeco musicians. Cajun and Zydeco music will fill the air from morning to night on three stages. Other great and fun-filled activities to experience during the festival weekend are the Crawfish races, Crawfish Eating Contest, Crawfish Etouffee Cook-off, and Cajun Dance contests. Visitors can also enjoy the Traditional Rural Crafts/Folklore exhibitions, such as the Cajun Dance demonstrations, music workshops, cooking demonstrations and the bourre exhibition. The Festival also will have an Arts and Crafts show, souvenir booths, and a carnival midway and games.
May, 2014 --- Tropical Heatwave (Tampa, FL). Since 1982, Tropical Heatwave has been a rite of spring for fans of eclectic music. Once just a Cuban Club event, Tropical Heatwave now spreads all over Ybor City, presenting an incredible lineup of diverse entertainment with more than 60 bands on multiple stages. Website.
May 8-11, 2014 --- Gator By The Bay Zydeco, Blues & Crawfish Festival in San Diego, CA. Gator By The Bay is the yearly celebration of zydeco blues music and incredible Lousiana food. With top names in the field coming out for this years festival, there will be even more amazing artists and food on offer. Whether you come for the blues or the crawfish, you cannot miss the annual Gator By The Bay in San Diego! Festival takes place at Spanish Landing Park on beautiful San Diego Bay (across Harbor Drive from San Diego International Airport). 2014 lineup includes Tab Benoit, GRAMMY®-winner Chubby Carrier and Bayou Swamp Band, Horace Trahan and The Ossun Playboys, Andre Thierry & Zydeco Magic, Balfa Toujours, Mark Hummel, Nick Gravenites, Johnny "V" Vernazza, Deanna Bogart, Linnzi Zaorski, Steve Lucky and The Rhumba Bums featuring Miss Carmen Getit, Bill Magee Blues Band, Boogie Woogie Queen Sue Palmer, Zapf Dingbats, Bayou Brothers, Blue Largo, Theo & The Zydeco Patrol, BlueFrog, Joe Fontenot Creole Cajun Band, Mercedes Moore Band, Euphoria Brass Band, Three Chord Justice, Billy Lee & The Swamp Critters, and CFMA-winners San Diego Cajun Playboys. Tickets now on sale. (Prices on some tickets go up March 31st and April 15th.)
May 8, 2014, 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. -- Tab Benoit in Concert, tickets $25 to $75
May 9, 2014, 3:30 to 10:30 p.m. -- Gator By Night, 11 bands, 3 stages, tickets $30 at gate, $25 online
May 10, 2014, 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. -- Festival All Day, 35 bands, 6 stages, kids activities, food demos, tickets $35 at gate, $30 online
May 10, 2014, 9 p.m. to midnight -- Saturday Evening Dance with Andre Thierry & Guests, Sheraton Ballroom, $15 at the door or online
May 11, 2014, 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. -- Festival on Mother's Day, 35 bands, 6 stages, kids activities, food demos, tickets $30 at gate, $25 online
Friday, Saturday, Sunday -- Three-Day Festival Pass, tickets $75 online
Info and advance ticket sales on Gator By The Bay Website, or call festival office at 619-234-8612. Convenient lodging adjacent to festival at Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina -- call 619-291-2900 and ask for Gator By The Bay Festival rates. Additional rooms for Wednesday and Thursday, call festival office at 619-234-8612. NOW would be a good time to make that reservation. Some rooms and price ranges already SOLD OUT.
May 24-25, 2014 --- 24th Annual Simi Valley Cajun, Blues Music Festival in Simi Valley, CA. Memorial Day Weekend in Rancho Santa Susana Community Park, 5005 E Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley, CA 93063-3429. Bands to be announced. Website.
May 30, 31, June 1, 2014 --- Michael Arnone's Crawfish Festival in Augusta, NJ. Band yet to be determined. Website.
July 6-11, 2014 --- Cajun-Creole Week at Augusta Heritage Center, West Virginia. "It's a great way to get out of the heat and head for some of the most scenic mountains in the East." Music and cooking workshops and dancing. See American Heritage Center YouTube Channel. Video capture some of the fun: dancing, playing, singing, cooking, learning, and growing at Augusta. Music workshops are for designated levels of experience: Novice or "From Scratch" (never used the instrument before), Beginner, Advanced Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced. Informal jam sessions, a mid-week party with Cajun cuisine, concerts, sessions in the Icehouse and on the “porch,” and music in the dancers’ ears will create a sea of smiling faces for the whole week. Each day starts with a choice of jam sessions or a visit with various artists; a cup of good strong Cajun coffee is always available. All classes meet for about two hours in the morning and again in the afternoon. Each afternoon the entire group gathers for special presentations on Cajun and Creole music or culture. With mini-courses, a concert, dances, and a mid-week party featuring Cajun gumbo, it’s a gala week of nonstop music and dancing. Cajun/Creole Week runs concurrently with the new Early Country Music Week. Courses on accordion with Jason, Frey, Edward Poullard, Sheryl Cormier, Blake Miller, and Preston Frank. Other courses on fiddle, bass, vocals and Cajun cooking. Classes (except Novice or /From Scratch Classes) are intended for those who can already play their instrument to some extent and are ready to start learning Cajun/Creole style, technique, and repertoire. Cost for week is $450, housing is additional. Link to Cajun-Creole Week. Info: 800-624-3157, ext. 1209, or 304-637-1209 (email: matthew@AugustaHeritageCenter.org).
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.
Nawl'ns on The Radio
Tune into 88.3-FM on Saturday nights from 7pm–8pm for an hour of New Orleans music including a good sampling from Cajun and zydeco artists!
Drew is also the bass drummer with Euphoria Brass Band.
Recent Dance Video
>> Breaux Brothers' "La Valse Du Bayou Plaquemine" Cajun Waltz with Mambo Styling (1934)
>> T-Lou & His Super Hot Zydeco Band -- BTSC's November Band
>> Tedeschi Trucks Band plays "Bound for Glory"
>> 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.
Saturday, March 8
Terry and the Zydeco
BTSC Presents Terry and The Zydeco Bad Boys
Saturday, March 8, 2014
WAR MEMORIAL HALL in Balboa Park
3325 Zoo Dr., San Diego 92101-1645
Zydeco Dance Lesson at 6:20 p.m.
Open Dancing to Zydeco Bad Boys
7:00 to 10:15 p.m.
Al Gardner made this video of Terry and The Zydeco Bad Boys playing "Zydeco Stomp" October 30, 2013 at a house party in Louisiana.
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