Zydecobrad's Cajun & Zydeco Dancing in Los Angeles



 This web site has been created to promote Cajun and Zydeco dancing in the Southern California area. The dance times, dates and locations may change or an event may be cancelled. Be sure to use the information numbers (if provided) to confirm time and place. If you know of an error on this web page, please contact me and I will correct it. If you would like to receive this newsletter by e-mail, you should also zydecobrad@aol.com

This is a non-profit, voluntary site. I need your help to keep me informed about what is going on. If you would like to pass on Cajun/Zydeco news to the community, please email at zydecobrad@aol.com or call. Phone (310) 962-6596

Thanks, Brad Sjoblom




High Life Cajun Band



ZydecoRoad Videos's


Karen Redding Dance Lessons www.LouisianaDanceLA.com




Ted Sherrod's * www.twoleftfeetca.com


Andre Thierry and Zydeco Magic


ZydecoCajun.com - A Louisiana Tradition

Long Beach Bayou Festival

Simi Valley Cajun/Creole Festival  

Bonne Musique Zydeco


Lisa Haley and the Zydekats




Bons Temps

Social Club of San Diego 



David Sousa and

The Zydeco Mudbugs


The San Diego Cajun Playboys


Buffalo Bayou Wednesday 1:00-3:00PM


The Gumbo Pages


Acadiana Cajun/Zydeco Band


Louisiana Sue's Bay Area


Zydeco Blues Patrol


 Mark St Mary Zydeco


San Francisco Area


Geno Delafose -




BeauSoleil's Cajun Band


The Northwest Zydeco Web


Zydeconews from Houston




My Daughter Lauren Sjoblom's 11th Birthday & Peter March 14 2001 Point 705



My daughter Lauren's 11th Birthday dance with many dancers * I start  


My daughter in Swinging in the Century






Terrance Simien and his Grammy



















Other Dance Links

LINDY BY THE SEA with Rusty Franks and Peter Flahiff

SoHo Dance LA is

officially opening


Have a question? Need to schedule a private lesson?

Give us a call, send us an email or stop by studio and let us know.



Founded by champion dancer Raul Santiago, students are introduced to a social environment and get the opportunity to learn not only dance, and all that goes along with it (motor skills, coordination, rhythm), but also the confidence and the ability to enjoy this journey. If you want to stand out at a dance club, be confident at a party, have a fun way to get in shape, have the perfect wedding dance, be the next competitive champion dancer, or are just looking for a way to relieve stress and relax, Soho Dance LA is the dance studio for you! We offer private lessons, group classes, social parties, and private/custom group classes. We specialize in Ballroom, Salsa, Latin Hustle, wedding dance instruction, and all styles of partner dancing.





  Swingtime Studio - Phil Adams

StarDanceStudios Salsa/Swing/Ballroom

Pasadena Ballroom Dance Association






 Zydecobrad’s Southern Calif. Cajun & Zydeco 935th News * David Sousa and the Zydeco Mudbugs * Sunday 1/8 * Golden Sails LB * 4:30 pm


Sunday, January 8


David Sousa and
the Zydeco Mudbugs


Golden Sails Hotel - PCH Club

6285 East Pacific Coast Hwy -Long Beach, CA 90803


Info: Dempsey (562) 396-1132 bontemppappion@aol.com

        David (909) 527-0926 davidsousa@verizon.net

Kids welcome! Families, singles welcome!

Tasty food available at reasonable prices at the hotel restaurant which opens at 5 pm.


Video:  the Mudbugs at Gator by the Bay 2013


Join us for the first dance of 2017!


Sunday January 8, 2017   ...  4:30 to 7:30 pm
Admission: $10 at the door 


Playing authentic Zydeco since 1998, the Mudbugs bring the heat of Louisiana music to the festivals, dance halls, clubs and parties all over So Cal and beyond.

They perform songs in Louisiana French as well as English and feature the best, from the early Zydeco pioneers Boozoo Chavis and Clifton Chenier, up to the modern innovators such as Beau Jocque and Keith Frank.

Sunday January 8, 2017   ...  4:30 to 7:30 pm
Admission: $10 at the door 



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The Revelers

Beckman Institute Auditorium at Caltech @ Pasadena, CA

Sat, Jan 28, 2017


Interested Going Tickets



Here is the excellent lineup for the Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Music Festival on Memorial Day Weekend !



SATURDAY MAY 27th – 2017

(Schedule subject to change)



National Anthem


Kelly’s Lot


Lazy Lester


The Yardbirds


Robby Krieger


Dwayne Dopsie


National Anthem


Dwayne Dopsie


Big Chief Monk Boudreaux and the Golden Eagles


Cajun trio Doucet, Doucet & Reed


Mardi Gras Parade


jo-El Sonnier


Doug Kershaw


Sunday  MAY 28th

(Schedule subject to change)




National Anthem


Alex Nester


The 44’s


Mitch Ryder


Big Bad Voodoo Daddy


Big Chief Monk Boudreaux and the Golden Eagles


National Anthem


Bayou Bros




Dwayne Dopsie


Mardi Gras Parade


Cajun trio Doucet, Doucet & Reed


jo-El Sonnier

Robby Krieger Band Celebrating 50 Years of The Doors Music

Guitarist Robby Krieger is one of the legendary figures in rock. This celebration of the music of The Doors, which Robby had no small part in creating, is a one-of-a-kind experience that could only be performed by the man himself. Guitarist Robby Krieger proved to be an integral member of the band — helping pen the majority of the group’s songs. Born on January 8, 1946 in Los Angeles, CA, Krieger was first taken by classical music, before discovering such early rock & roll artists as Elvis Presley via the radio. When surfing proved to be taking Krieger’s mind off of studying during his teenage years, his parents enrolled him in a private school. Each night, students were forced to study in their rooms for a few hours — instead, Krieger used this time to teach himself how to play guitar. First interested in flamenco guitar, Krieger’s playing style soon expanded into folk, jazz, and blues. But it was a Chuck Berry concert that finally convinced Krieger to give rock music a go, which resulted in the guitarist trading his classical guitar in for a Gibson SG, an instrument that he would eventually become synonymous with.

The Robby Krieger Band, Celebrating 50 Years of The Doors Music, will be making their first appearance on Saturday, May 27th, at the 28th Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Music Festival.

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The Yardbirds

The Yardbirds are more than a Rock band…they are an institution…which, in the brief period from 1963 to 1968, made an indelible mark on the “Shapes of Things” to come.

To the casual music fan, The Yardbirds are best known as the band that honed the skills of future “guitar gods” Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page; and for their slew of chart hits, including “For Your Love,” “Heart Full of Soul”, “I’m A Man”, and “Over Under Sideways Down”. Led by core members and songwriters Jim McCarty (drums), Chris Dreja (rhythm guitar/bass) and the late Keith Relf (vocals/harmonica), the band’s experimental explorations also provided the crucial link between British R&B, Psychedelic Rock, and Heavy Metal, while pioneering the use of innovations like fuzz tone, feedback and distortion. Even their 1968 break-up set the stage for Rock ‘n’ Roll’s future…leading Jimmy Page to form the New Yardbirds, later re-christened Led Zeppelin.

Reuniting decades later, McCarty and Dreja brought The Yardbirds boldly into the 21st Century with the 2003 release of the acclaimed CD Birdland, which featured guest appearances from the likes of Brian May, Joe Satriani, Slash and Steve Vai. Additionally, the band commemorated their 50th Anniversary with the release of their live DVD Making Tracks in 2013.

In 2015, Jim McCarty debuted the new touring line-up of The Yardbirds, consisting of guitarist Johnny A, bassist Kenny Aaronson, singer / harpist / percussionist Myke Scavone, and guitarist / singer John Idan to rave reviews. As Goldmine Magazine stated, “the band’s hallmark of top-notch musicianship remains. There are no passengers in this band.”

The Yardbirds — electrifying, eclectic and way ahead of their time – melded heavy rock, wild jams, and an improvisatory feel, and continue to influence generations of bands. Watch The Yardbirds in action on Saturday, May 27th at the 28th Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Music Festival and experience rock’n’roll history.

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Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

2017 marks the 24th anniversary of Big Bad Voodoo Daddy’s remarkable arrival onto the music scene. Since it’s formation in the early nineties in Ventura, California, the band has toured virtually nonstop, performing on average over 150 shows a year, and has produced a sizable catalog of recorded music, with sales of over 2 million albums to date. Early on, during their legendary residency at the Derby nightclub in Los Angeles, they reminded the world, in the midst of the grunge era no less, that it was still cool to swing. The band, co-founded by singer Scotty Morris and drummer Kurt Sodergren, was at the forefront of the swing revival of that time, blending a vibrant fusion of the classic American sounds of jazz, swing, and dixieland, with the energy and spirit of contemporary culture.
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy’s all original core line-up includes Scotty Morris (lead vocals and guitar), Kurt Sodergren (drums), Dirk Shumaker (double bass and vocals), Andy Rowley (baritone saxophone and vocals), Glen “The Kid” Marhevka (trumpet), Karl Hunter (saxophones and clarinet) and Joshua Levy (piano and arranger). Joining them on the road are Anthony Bonsera Jr. (trumpet) and Alex Henderson (trombone.)
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy’s first phase of stardom featured an appearance in the 1996 indie film Swingers, a movie that not only launched the careers of Vince Vaughn and Jon Favreau, but introduced Big Bad Voodoo Daddy to an audience beyond their Los Angeles base. The band’s music has appeared in countless films and television shows. The band has also appeared as special guests with many of the country’s most distinguished symphony orchestras, and has performed for three U.S. Presidents.
After 24 years, 10 records, over 2700 live shows, and countless appearances in film and television, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy is showing no signs of slowing down, and is looking forward to celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2018. This will be Big Bad Voodoo Daddy’s 2nd appearance at the Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Music Festival. They are on the blues stage on Sunday, May 28th.

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Mitch Ryder

Rolling Stone Magazine has cited Mitch Ryder as one of the five most influential rock and roll singers to ever come from Detroit and has also published a special collectors issue entitled, The Five Hundred Greatest Songs of All Time which includes Mitch Ryder’s Devil With the Blue Dress / Good Golly Miss Molly; which was cut during his short stint with the ever changing back-up group The Detroit Wheels. Mitch Ryder is not an “oldies” artist from yesteryear, but is a vital and on-going part of America’s and Europe’s continuing definition of creativity at its highest levels.
A new CD will be released during Mitch Ryder’s 2017 European Tour. By the end of 2017 Mitch will have completed a new original musical stage play taken from a novel he has written called Hide Your Love Away. Come and rock with Mitch Ryder when he performs on Sunday, May 28th at the 28th Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Music Festival.

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Big Chief Monk Boudreaux & the Golden Eagles

Joseph Pierre “Big Chief Monk” Boudreaux is the leader of the Golden Eagles, a Mardi Gras Indian tribe of New Orleans. In 2016 he was the recipient of the National Endowment For The Arts Award. Born in New Orleans on Pearl Harbor Day, December 7, 1941. The New Orleans Black Indians emerged in the late 19th century, appearing as various “tribes” or “gangs,” in stunningly elaborate costumes, or “suits,” that combine the visual aesthetics of 19th century American Plains Indians and Afro-Caribbean Carnival revelers. These handmade suits include brightly colored feathers, intricate beadwork, rhinestones, sequins, satin, and ruffles. Music and movement are as central to the tradition as is symbolic costuming, or “masking.” Boudreaux began masking with the White Eagles tribe as a young man of 16. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, a small group of New Orleans students and folklorists worked to bring the Mardi Gras Indian tradition to a wider community. Boudreaux, and several others, eventually became nationally known recording artists by blending their folk traditions with R&B and funk.
Boudreaux’s musical career has spanned nearly a half-century. Though Boudreaux has traveled the world as an ambassador of the Mardi Gras Indian culture, he remains deeply rooted in the traditions of place and family. Today, he focuses his artistic energies on his children and grandchildren, who now form the members of the Golden Eagles. Boudreaux and The Golden Eagles will be performing on the Cajun/Zydeco stage on Saturday, May 27th and on the blues stage on Sunday, May 28th.

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The 44s

The 44’s are a Los Angeles-based band who play blues-roots-rock music. The raw rough and tough sounds generated by these four expert musicians demands to be heard by Blues music fans World Wide. The 44’s are exploding across the Blues scene as a fully formed and functional unit commanding audiences with their in your face, yet highly contagious musical sound. American Blues News Awarded the Band with The Best Blues Band of 2011 and Blues Underground Network Awarded the Band with Best Debut Album. They play vintage instruments and channel a blues style of winning quartet. For their one-of-a-kind blues, The 44’s successfully mine the tension. American Blues News Says “One of the Hardest working, hardest playing blues outfits anywhere.” Experience The 44s on Sunday, May 28th at the 28th Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Music Festival.

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Lazy Lester

Leslie “Lazy Lester” Johnson was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 2012. Leslie Johnson was born June 20, 1933 in the small town of Torras, Louisiana, near the Mississippi state border. As a boy, he worked as a gas station attendant, woodcutter and at a grocery store, where he purchased a harmonica and Little Walter’s famous “Juke” record. He learned to blow harp and strum his brother’s guitar. In the mid-1950s Lester was on the bus riding home when he met Lightnin’ Slim, who was headed to Crowley to cut a record. Lester stayed on the bus and accompanied Slim to the studio. When the scheduled harp player didn’t show for the session, Lester told Slim he could handle the harp parts. Remarkably, Slim gave Lester that chance, and he did not disappoint. A classic pairing was born, and Lester became a mainstay on Slim’s Excello recordings and his gigs. Producer Jay Miller was impressed by Lester’s work with Lightnin’ Slim, and in 1957 Lester debuted as a lead artist on Excello, recording “I’m Gonna Leave You Baby.” Miller had decided that “Lazy Lester” had more of a ring to it than “Lester Johnson.” Miller is said to have come up the nickname based on Lester’s slow, lazy style of talking. And as Lester’s said, “I was never in a hurry to do nothing.” The name’s stuck for almost 50 years now an on Saturday, May 27th, you can see him perform at the 28th Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Music Festival.

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Dwayne Dopsie and the Zydeco Hellraisers

America’s Hottest Accordion” winner, Dwayne (Dopsie) Rubin, plays a unique, high energy style of zydeco. Dwayne hails from one of the most influential Zydeco families in the world. Although inspired by tradition, he has developed his own high energy style that defies existing stereotypes and blazes a refreshingly distinct path for 21st century Zydeco music. This singer/songwriter and accordionist has performed all over the world since debuting his band, Dwayne Dopsie and the Zydeco Hellraisers, at age 19.

Dwayne Dopsie first appeared at the Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Music Festival in 2014 and he was such a big hit that he was back in 2015 and 2016. At the 28th Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Music Festival in 2017, he’s performing on the Cajun/Zydeco stage both days and on the Blues stage on Saturday, May 27th

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Kelly’s Lot

Kelly’s Lot weaves a variety of Americana styles on a Blues and Rhythm foundation. Lead by singer/songwriter Kelly Z, the band has released 11 CDs and performed at countless concert venues and events. During their 20 years together this Southern California band has toured nationally and internationally and has been featured on many media outlets including radio, television and in film. In 2013 Kelly and her co-writer/lead guitar player, Perry Robertson, toured parts of the USA and the UK to support their acoustic release “Plain Simple Me.” They joined French artist, Jeff Toto Blues, and toured France in October 2013, August 2014 and September 2015. Their newest release, “Don’t Give My Blues Away” features the full band which includes a horn section and keyboards. Kelly continues to write and record songs including one for the upcoming feature film, “Last Call at Murray’s.” The band includes Kelly Z on volals, Perry Robertson and Rob Zucca on guitars, Matt McFadden on bass, Sebastian Sheehan on drums, Bill Johnston on Sax, Dave Welch on Trumpet and Bobby Orgel on keys. Kelly and Perry write and perform with heart and an inspiring spirit. With the band behind them, the connection kelly’s Lot makes with a listener or and entire audience is contagious.

Kelly’s Lot will lead off on Sunday, May 29th on the blues stage at the Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Music Festival.

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Alex Nester

In an industry saturated with fly-by-night singles, auto-tune madness, and packaged artist-development, Alex refuses to conform and instead brings back the musicians to the art of music-making. Her music can only be described as a Hell-hath-no-fury collection of original music chronicling her trials and letdowns with the state of music business today. But the industry is not the only factor surrounding the creation of this musical tour-de-force.

Alex’s bout with cancer has helped shape her unique sound filled with messages of love, faith, positivity, and healing while channeling the retro soul artists of the 60’s and 70’s… Which only makes sense as she is currently touring with Salvador Santana, recently toured with Tito Jackson (of Jackson 5 fame), and has opened as a solo artist for such acts as Earth Wind & Fire, Chicago, The Rascals, Evelyn “Champagne” King, The Stylistics, and Dave Mason. Most recently she has added multi-platinum selling artist Rachel Platten to that list as well. Her resume already includes 12 albums, countless jingles, and over 25 theatrical productions, as well as working with established musicians such as Carlos Santana, Stevie Wonder, The Four Tops, The Fifth Dimension, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, Desi Arnaz, Jr., Alphonse Mouzon, Brandon Fields, and Eric Marienthal.

As the music industry settles for what’s “safe”, Alex will continue to push the boundaries of music making. Her songs are a musical testament of loss and hope, failure and triumph. It is a promise to the listeners that her music will never be anything less than sincere and honest. And most importantly, it’s 100% Alex Nester groove!

Alex will be performing on the blues stage at the 28th Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Music Festival on Sunday, May 28th.

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Jo-El Sonnier

The music of Jo-El Sonnier is a way of life. Steeped in passion and relentless dedication…he has been the undisputed “King of Cajun” for the past 25 years and occupies a significant place in the rich artistic landscape of this country.

Jo-El was born in Rayne, Louisiana to poor, French speaking sharecroppers. He began to play the accordion at three years of age, first as a toy to occupy Jo-El while his parents visited with neighbors. As he grew, so did his love for the instrument and his ability to play it. Singing only in French, his Cajun heritage was very strong and clear. By the middle 80’s, Jo-El had a Grammy nominated recording to his credit with Cajun Life.

The sounds of his accordion can be heard on the albums of such great legends as Hank Williams Jr., Johnny Cash, Alan Jackson, Robert Cray, Neil Diamond, Mark Knopfler, Elvis Costello, Merle Haggard and Dolly Parton among others. Jo-El has lent his talent on the accordion to more than 100 Artist records. He continues to maintain a regular schedule as a session player. In 2004, Jo-El recorded a duet with Chris LeDoux, on what would be Chris’s last album. In 2006 he was back in the studio, adding a little Cajun spice to the new CD by “Hot Apple Pie.”

In February 2015 he was awarded the Grammy for The Healing Song which he wrote with his Nashville friends Billy Henderson and AJ Masters and recorded with a veritable who’s who of Cajun and Zydeco music.

There is no doubt…Jo-El Sonnier is “The Real Deal!”

This is Jo-El’s second appearance at the Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Music Festival. He will be appearing on both Saturday and Sunday of Memorial Day weekend.

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Doug Kershaw

For those of you who may have come in late (and even those of you who may have been around a while): Just who, exactly, is Doug Kershaw? Short answer: The Louisiana Man. Slightly longer answer: The Original Ragin’ Cajun.

Douglas James Kershaw is a Cajun fiddler, singer, and songwriter who cemented his place in American popular music at the height of the ’60s counter-culture movement with two self-penned hits, “Louisiana Man” and “Diggy Diggy Lo.” Those hits combined with an onstage persona that consisted of one-third fiercely proud Louisiana Cajun, one-third Nashville country-music showmanship, and one-third reflections of Sixties’ style—shoulder-length hair, velvet Edwardian suit jackets, and wildly impassioned, energetic performances—created a recipe for indelibly establishing Kershaw’s image as “The Cajun Hippie.” In reality, Doug Kershaw was much more than that; with brother Rusty, he’d been a popular country artist from the mid-’50s through the mid-’60s, selling more than 18 million records before conquering late-’60s popular music. And while the success of the country duo “Rusty and Doug” accurately reflected a widespread Cajun embrace of post-WWII country music, Kershaw’s solo career as The Cajun Hippie bears no sign of cultural precedence or context—save for the malleability of the Cajun music tradition generally—making the distinctive Cajun musician both an anomaly and a trail-blazer for musical developments in Cajun music that would not fully surface for decades.

This will be Doug Kershaw’s second appearance at the Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Music Festival. He will be on the Cajun/Zydeco stage on Saturday, May 27th.

Cajun Trio: Michael Doucet, David Doucet & Mitch Reed plus a special Guest

This special Cajun Trio is comprised of Cajun fiddler Michael Doucet, his younger brother Guitarist David Doucet and multi string instrument player Mitch Reed. And they are bringing a special surprise guest! Between the three of them they have multiple Grammy awards and their music styles range from traditional Louisiana Cajun to New Orleans Jazz to Blues Rock to swamp pop to Zydeco to Country and Bluegrass. When these three get together, there’s no predicting which music genre they will be playing as they can seamlessly jump from jazz to country to zydeco to rock and back again. The 28th Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Music Festival will be presenting the Cajun Trio on the Cajun/Zydeco stage both Saturday and Sunday over Memorial Day weekend.


Every night is Mardis Gras when Crawdaddio is in town. This band brings the spirit and rhythm of the bayou to life with their driving zydeco beat, performing at festivals, clubs, and corporate events everywhere. For the last four years Crawdaddio has headlined Disney’s Mardis Gras Celebration at Pleasure Island in Orlando, Florida. Bring a little bit of Louisiana to your event with Crawdaddio. Laissez les bon ton roulet!! “I can’t imagine Mardis Gras without Crawdaddio. They always get the crowd going, look great, and are consummate professionals on and off the stage!”-Ron Severini-Walt Disney World Entertainment “The dance floor was packed from the beginning to the end of their set. Great music!”- Mike Maravellis/Cajun-Creole Music Festival “This is the best Zydeco band that’s ever performed on our stage!”- The Cajun House/Scottsdale, AZ. Crawdaddio will be performing for the first time at the 28th Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Music Festival on the Cajun/Zydeco stage on Sunday, May 28th.

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The Bayou Brothers

The Bayou Brothers started in 1995 with a shared love of Cajun and Zydeco music by founder John Chambers, on accordion and keyboards, and Ric Lee, laying down Zydeco and Cajun dance grooves on the drums.

Throughout the last 15 years, they have been playing their music at festivals and concerts venues all over the southwest and are well known for their rowdy shows, bluesy Zydeco that drives the band and fans Zydeco dance crazy! Adding to the Bayou Brothers sound is sax and percussionist Thom Pod.

The Bayou Brothers are performing on the Cajun-Zydeco stage on Sunday, May 28th at the Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Music Festival.




The Revelers

Beckman Institute Auditorium at Caltech @ Pasadena, CA

Sat, Jan 28, 2017


Interested Going Tickets

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Future San Diego Events

Sat., Jan. 14, 2017  --- David Souza and Zydeco Mudbugs

War Memorial Hall, 3325 Zoo Drive San Diego, CA 92101

See Balboa Park Map for guidance.

Zydeco dance lesson at 6:20 p.m.

Dance to live Louisiana music from 7 to 10:15 p.m.

Admission just $10. Please pay at the registration table to get your wrist band. First timers receive a $5 discount!


Sat., Feb. 11, 2017  --- Bayou Brothers / BTSC Anniversary Dance

Balboa Park Club, 2144 Pan American Rd W, San Diego, CA 92101

See Balboa Park Map for guidance.

Zydeco dance lesson at 6:20 p.m.

Dance to live Louisiana music from 7 to 10:15 p.m.

Admission just $10. Please pay at the registration table to get your wrist band. First timers receive a $5 discount!


Sat., Mar. 11, 2017  --- Bruce Daigrepont Cajun Band

War Memorial Hall, 3325 Zoo Drive San Diego, CA 92101

See Balboa Park Map for guidance.

Zydeco dance lesson at 6:20 p.m.

Dance to live Louisiana music from 7 to 10:15 p.m.

Admission just $10. Please pay at the registration table to get your wrist band. First timers receive a $5 discount!


Sat., April 8, 2017  --- Theo & Zydeco Patrol / Gino and The Lone Gunmen

War Memorial Hall, 3325 Zoo Drive San Diego, CA 92101

See Balboa Park Map for guidance.

Zydeco dance lesson at 6:20 p.m.

Dance to live Louisiana music from 7 to 10:15 p.m.

Admission just $10. Please pay at the registration table to get your wrist band. First timers receive a $5 discount!




From Dick Brainard:

Here's a link to my web page calendar with upcoming shows.  Zydeco Trail Riderz - Shows







Zydeco Trail Riderz - Shows

Shows. Zydeco Trail Riderz, a world group from Los Angeles, CA

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Dennis G & the Zydeco Trail Riderz

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Zydeco Trail Riderz

Home page of Zydeco Trail Riderz, a world group from Los Angeles, CA. Zydeco Band. Lousiana Music. Zydeco, Cajun, New Orleans, Swamp Pop, Classic R&B, Rock an...

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Lisa Haley & the Zydekats

Merry Christmas from Lisa Haley & the Zydekats!
We truly love you all!!

Lisa Haley & the Zydekats
GRAMMY Nominee – Americana/Cajun/Zydeco
Celebrating 22 years as a band!

Lisa Haley "Chicken Fiddler" Video – Over 675,000 Youtube hits! B’gawk!!
- and continuing on Nickelodeon’s “React To That!” http://www.nick.com/videos/clip/react-to-that-109-clip.html

Yes We Are!! Booking shows NOW for 2017-18!!
Do YOU have a favorite Event where you’d love to see the Zydekats perform?!
Would you like free tickets?!
Join our
"Fest Quest Team" – see info at bottom of this email for details! Help us spread “Zydecosis!!”

Facebook Fanclub Page - Latest photos & videos – Please Post with us! www.facebook.com/lisahaley.zydekats



46333 W 3rd St, LA, CA 90036 x Fairfax - West Side Stage
Biggest Mardi Gras Celebration on the West Coast!



4200 Olivas Park Dr, Ventura, CA 92002

HUGE BUNCH of 2017-18 Shows In the Works - Everywhere! - Come out and dance!!

“Treasure old friends who can look at you
and see the person you think you still are!”

HUGE BUNCH of 2017 & 2018 Shows In the Works - Everywhere!

Club Zydecosis "Fest Quest Team!"

Please help us come to your town! It works like this:

1.  You reply to this email, telling us an event for which you would like to see us perform.

2.  Our office "officially" contacts the promoter.

3.  We then personally email you the event’s contact info for “suggestions” for bands.

4.  You send them a short email or phone message:
"We would love to see Lisa Haley & the Zydekats! They have a new 8th album, "Joy Ride," and a whole new show!"

5. The first Club Zydecosis member to successfully land us a new show will receive:

FREE ADMISSION for 2 people to that event!
Promoters really
do respond to requests from our fans - Please call them and tell them about us!!

Retro Treat from the “Lisa Haley Secret Archives!”

In 2006 & 2007, Lisa yodeled her way thru 4 now-famous “SlimJim Snapalope Commercials!”

Snapalopes were very silly marionettes, made from… Slim Jims! And hunted in the aisles of the MiniMart

Here are the links:

1.     Snapalope “Trap”                 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r8OJpIC8DS4

2.      Snapalope “Camouflage”     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hL0r1X2Mxao

3.     Snapalope “Headlights”        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yENA87ptHHo

4.     Snapalope “Decoy”              https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1iAKpoMfjso

(Yes, that’s Lisa also playing violin!) (reposted by jackmckeon)

-        And -
The EMMY-WINNING “Late Mr. Pete Show”
featuring Lisa with her previous musical group, Zydeco Party Band!
See all 13 Episodes here: http://wn.com/the_late_mr_pete_show_1991_channel_5_ktla_los_angeles
Episodes include: the EMMY Ceremony - Dick Clark - Steve Allen – and Lisa & the boys!!


From Dana D

Wanted to thank all those folks who came out to hear Andrew Carrier and the All-Stars, featuring Annie Staniac on fiddle, Billy on guitar, Killer on Drums, Steve on Bass..a wonderful group..tight good singing as well, and the musicianship was pretty high all around..Lots of French-Creole tunes coming out it reminded me of the old CCO days at the Ashkenaz over 30 years ago..Great stuff and Annie really kills it on fiddle..They will be back on Sunday Feb. 12 for a special sunday Show..Thanks again for coming to all who did..spread the word too..


Speaking of Sunday Shows we are going to alternate the dates for a few weeks and see how it works out..This Friday we'll have the Flames starting at 9, due to the word not getting out in time..We started last Friday at 8:43 and the band played w/no break for over 2 1/2 hours and didn't complain which I REALLY appreciated..The Flames will start at 9, and I'll do a short lesson at 8:30..we hope to see you there..Seems many people were a bit shocked we started earlier..We will w/MDZ on the 20th..it works out well for all..Tell people about our schedule, or have them email me, and I'll give it to them straight up..We are also going to celebrate Terry Carlisles' Birthday and we will probably have a big Birthday Circle as we haven't had one in a few weeks..Hope to see you there this Friday Jan. 6, first dance of 2017..

Hope your New Years Eve went well. Heard both the Flames and Andre tore it up..and the Hathaway Sisters houseparty was gangbusters..Too bad about the Raiders but it happens..Good luck to 'em though..

A sad thing from a few weeks ago..We lost a player who used to live around here years ago, and played w/pretty much everyone in Zydeco..His name was Lawrence "June" Barfield, and he was here w/Roy Carrier, T Broussard, Dikki Du, Lil Malcolm, Boozoo, LeRoy Thomas,Andre Thierry for a while as well, and I know I am missing a few bands..He was a talented bass player, guitar player, and singer, and a nice guy all the way around..He will be missed..


 thanks for the support..See you Friday. Feel free to pass this on and to have people email me..thanks..


Dana D.



 Eagles Hall

2305 Alameda Ave

Alameda, Ca. 94501


21+ Years of Zydeco/Cajun/Jump Blues

Every Friday Night and Occasional Sundays

Still Going Strong












High Life Cajun Band




High Life at The Pike

The Pike Restaurant and Bar


Long Beach, CA


57th Annual Topanga Banjo & Fiddle Contest

Topanga Banjo & Fiddle Contest


Agoura Hills, CA


2017 Folk Music Concert Series

Kalabash School of Music and the Arts


La Jolla,


Andre Thierry



Andre Thierry





San Francisco, CA

The Pomeroy Recreation Center


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Time: 8:30pm. Admission: $20. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 207 Skyline Blvd. Venue phone: 415-244-3596. The San Francisco Horseman’s association presents The Silver Spurs Gala! The public is welcomed for music portion of the event.


Belmont, CA

Iron Gate Restaurant


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Time: 9:00pm. Admission: No cover!. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 1360 El Camino Real. Venue phone: 650-592-7893.



Eagles Hall


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Time: 5:30pm. Admission: $15. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 2305 Alameda Avenue. Dance and potluck!


San Francisco, CA

Plough and Stars


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Time: 9:00pm. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 116 Clement St,.


San Francisco, ca

Pier 23


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Time: 5:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: The Embarcadero.



Private Party


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Quarter Note


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Time: 2:00pm. Admission: $10. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 1214 Apollo Way # 403. Venue phone: (408) 732-2110. BBQ and Potluck – bring a dish to share.


Brisbane, California

7 Mile House


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Time: 8:00pm. Admission: No Cover!. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 2800 Bayshore Blvd. Venue phone: 415-467-2343.


San Rafael, CA

The Osher Marin JCC


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Time: 7:00pm. Admission: $22 adv, $25 day of. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 200 N San Pedro Rd.. Buy Tickets



Private Party


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Age restrictions: All Ages.


Fort Bragg, CA

KZYX Benefit Concert


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Time: 6:30pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 210 N Corry Street. Buy Tickets


San Francisco, ca

Shaka Zula Mardi Gras Ball Fundraiser


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Time: 5:00pm. Admission: $100. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 410 Van Ness Ave.. HOSTED BAR and BUFFET Included. This is a fundraiser for Veterans with mental illness and the Verline Iris Culinary Academy. Ticket is tax deductible. Veteran’s Memorial Building. Buy Tickets


San Francisco

Private Event


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Age restrictions: All Ages.


Simi Valley Cajun Music & Blues Festival Blog

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Cajun Green Bean Stir-Fry

By Simi Valley Cajun Music & Blues Festival Blogging Team on Dec 22, 2016 09:00 am

Keep the blues in your holiday menu by making this delicious Cajun Green Bean Stir Fry for your family and friends. Engrained in blues are traditions that can be traced back decades, and within those traditions are old ways of cooking that have been passed down from generation to generation over those same years. Traditions
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Blues Music for the Holiday Season

By Simi Valley Cajun Music & Blues Festival Blogging Team on Dec 20, 2016 09:00 am

The holiday season makes everyone feel a sense of nostalgia: watching classic Christmas movies, and listening to music–in some cases, over a century old. The holidays are something that most people look forward to. The precious family time, the tightly wrapped presents, the ugly sweaters, and great music. The holidays usually mean holiday tunes, which
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Blues: Folk Traditions
The History of the Steel Guitar
Learn the Meaning Behind These Traditional Southern Sayings
Find Out All About the History of the Harmonica
Here’s What You Need to Know About the Blues Greats!



San Diego’s Zydeco, Blues & Crawfish Festival,” will celebrate its 16th anniversary May 11-14 at Spanish Landing Park



Check it out! San Diego Gator by the Bay Line up and Excellent Article in the San Diego Union Tribune by George Varga



Seattle News:

vJan.08 | New Classes & Workshops Begin

Kick off the new year footloose and fancy free with dance classes and workshops with the Gator Boy!


Jan.08 | New Classes

• 3pm Beginning Swing (with Nancy & Sean): Energetic and fun, a great place to start

• 4pm Swing 2 (with Nancy & Sean): Make your swing mo’ better and sweet

• 5pm Zydeco 2 (with Claire & Sean): Hot footwork and Louisiana style


Jan.15 | Introduction to Zydeco (with Claire & Sean)


Jan.22 | Intermediate Cha Cha Cha (with Nancy & Sean)


Details at GatorBoyProductions.com


Jan.20 | Gator Boy's Juke Joint

Jump and shout, come knock yourself out shakin’ it with your fine-feathered friends to some seriously righteous grooves. Check in on the FB event to let your friends know where the action is and share to help spread the good word. Hope to see you there!


First 3rd Friday Dance of the year!

Fri, Jan.20 | Gator Boy’s Juke Joint

Eagles Aerie No.1 on Lake City Way

7:15pm Lesson: Zydeco+ (something for the new and…uh, experienced)

8pm Dance


Details at GatorBoyProductions.com


Dance | Resolve

Private lessons are a great way to accelerate your learning and achieve those cherished aha! moments, and Gator Boy gift certificates are a handsome, thoughtful way to show someone you truly care. Get movin’ in the new year, and spread your joy and love of dance with those you adore!


Just hit reply to contact Sean for details

Single lesson: $75

Three lessons: $200

Special group and package deals available, just ask!


Details at GatorBoyProductions.com (click on “private lessons” link)


Mark Your Calendar…

Event details at GatorBoyProductions.com


Jan.8 | New Classes & Workshops begin

Swedish Club, with Nancy, Claire & Sean


Jan.15 | Intro to Zydeco Workshop

Swedish Club, 6-8pm with Claire & Sean


Jan.20 | Gator Boy’s Juke Joint

Eagles Aerie No.1


Jan.22 | Intermediate Cha Cha Cha Workshop

Swedish Club, 6-8pm with Nancy & Sean


Jan.28 | Casey MacGill

(at Mercer Island VFW, more details to come)


Feb.11-12 | Zydeco Boogaloo 2

Save the date!


Feb.17 | Gator Boy’s Juke Joint


Event details at GatorBoyProductions.com


In Other News…


Private Lessons…Treat yourself and/or your friends to the focused attention and optimal results a private lesson can provide. See GatorBoyProductions.com for details and/or for gift certificates, group lessons, DJ services, and special events, email Sean for more info.


Donovan Design…Time to freshen up your look? Need a sweet new logo, brochure, flyer or poster? Call Sean! That's right, dance instructor by night, professional graphic designer by day. Please check out my online portfolio and let me know if I can be of service to you or someone you know. Thank you kindly.


Be a Gator Liker!...Get the latest news, cool dance vids and more by clicking "Like" on the Gator Boy Productions Facebook page -- help spread the gospel of zydeco!



The mission of Seattle Zydeco Events Network (Seattle ZEN, est. September 12, 2000) is to promote zydeco events in and around Seattle by providing regular, accurate, and comprehensive information in an effort to continually expand and energize Seattle's zydeco community. This service is brought to you by Sean Donovan and Gator Boy Productions.

The Gator Boy loves his subscribers, but knows things sometimes change. To unsubscribe from this list, simply reply to this email and let me know, no questions asked.
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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.


February 9-12, 2017 --- Sounds of Mardi Gras 2017 (Fresno, CA)

Bands include Zydeco Flames, Tom Rigney & Flambeau, Cell Block 7, Crescent Katz, Gino and the Lone Gunmen, Blue Street Jazz Band, Bob Schulz’s Frisco Jazz Band, Brady McKay, Climax Jazz Band, Devil Mountain Jazz Band, Dick Williams’ Jazz Sea Jammers, Sister Swing, and more. Website: http://www.fresnodixie.com/

February 2-28, 2017 --- Virginia Key Grassroots Festival (Miami)

GrassRoots Live! will include live performances in clubs and venues in the city of Miami by GrassRoots and Miami favorites Wednesday thru Saturday, February 22-25th plus Music, Arts, Yoga, Beach Activities, Kids Village, Food Truck Roundup and more at Historic Virginia Key Beach Park, Saturday, February, 25 and Sunday, February, 26. Website: http://virginiakeygrassroots.com

March 16-19, 2017 --- Yorkshire Cajun (UK)

Cajun bands, dance lessons and Mardi Gras mask making workshop. http://www.yorkshirecajun.com/

March 24-26, 2017 — Kemah Crawfish Festival (Texas)

Wayne Toups. Website: http://www.gulfcoastfestivals.com

April 1 & 2, 2017 --- Crawdebauchery Festival (Pompano Beach, FL)

Bands: Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band, Roddie Romero and the Hub City All Stars, The Revelers, Dwayne Dopsie and the Zydeco Hellraisers, Rodeo Clowns, Darcy Malone & The Tangle, The Stooges Brass Band, Hip Abduction, Raw Oyster Cult, The Revivalists, Maggie Koerner, Cha Wa, The Suitcase Junket.  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. 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. http://crawdebauchery.com

April 6-9, 2017 — French Quarter Festival (New Orleans)

The four-day weekend festival is FREE and there is no cost to attend any of the performances. The only costs are for food, beverage, and merchandise purchases on festival grounds, and certain off-site special events. In order to keep this festival free and open to the public, outside food and beverages are prohibited. French Quarter Festival is held throughout the historic French Quarter (Vieux Carre) neighborhood in New Orleans, Louisiana. Music stages are located at Jackson Square, Woldenberg Riverfront Park, Bourbon Street, Royal Street, Bienville Triangle, Preservation Hall, the French Market, St. Mary’s at the Ursuline Convent, and Louisiana State Museum’s Old U.S. Mint. ‘World’s Largest Jazz Brunch’ booths can be found in Jackson Square, Woldenberg Riverfront Park, the Jax Brewery parking lot, and Louisiana State Museum’s Old U.S. Mint. Special events take place at various locations throughout the French Quarter. Website: http://fqfi.org/frenchquarter

April  7-9, 2017 — Tampa Bay Blues Festival (St. Petersburg)

Tab Benoit, Buddy Guy, The Rides featuring Stephen Stills, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Barry Goldberg, Coco Montoyo, Samantha Fish, Ana Popovic, Albert Cummings and others. http://tampabaybluesfest.com

April  7-9, 2017 — Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival (Ponchatoula, LA)

Past festivals have featured bands like Chubby Carrier. Website: http://www.lastrawberryfestival.com

April 8-13, 2016 --- Dewey Balfa Cajun and Creole Heritage Week (Lafayette, LA)

There’s nothing like Louisiana Folk Roots’ Balfa Week! Our annual Dewey Balfa Cajun and Creole Heritage Week is not a school, or a festival, or a family reunion – it’s all those things and more! It’s “The Greatest Week of Cajun and Creole Culture on the Planet!” At Balfa Week, you can learn knee-to-knee with master musicians and culture bearers surrounded by great folks from across the globe. Our motto is “Jouer. Danser. Manger. Répéter. (Jam. Dance. Eat. Repeat.)” – and during Balfa Week, you’ll experience all that and so much more. Balfa Week features: Five days of 10 or more Morning Intensive Classes on fiddle, guitar and accordion; Twice-daily participatory teaching sessions on Cajun & Creole Vocals; Five days of instructor-coached Band Labs; Nightly Dances with fantastic Cajun and Creole bands; Five or more artist-led Jam des Amis sessions; Intimate afternoon words-and-music sessions with accomplished and legendary Featured Artists; Afternoon Lagniappe Sessions on a variety of topics. Website: http://www.lafolkroots.org/balfaweek/

April 26-30, 2017 --- Festival International d'Louisiane (Lafayette, LA)

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.    http://www.festivalinternational.com

April 21-23, 2017 --- Annual Etoufee Festival (Arnaudville, LA)

St. John Francis Regis Church Grounds, 370 Main Street, Arnaudville LA. (337) 754-5912 or  http://www.johnfrancisregis.net/index.php/festival

April 28-May 7, 2016 --- New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival (New Orleans, LA)

12 stages at New Orleans Fairgrounds.  http://www.nojazzfest.com/

April 29, 2017 --- Adams Avenue Unplugged (San Diego)

Adams Avenue Unplugged in San Diego, CA. 25 stages, 135 acts, 150 performances. Unplugged, formerly the Roots Festival, is a musical walk-about. Acoustic performances are held inside businesses and on large outdoor stages. Music is scheduled from noon to 10 p.m. on Saturday, and noon to 8 p.m. on Sunday, April 27. Adams Avenue Unplugged is free and open to the public. Confirm times and dates at Website. http://www.adamsavenuebusiness.com/event-info/adams-avenue-unplugged/

April 28-30, 2017 --- Pensacola Crawfish Festival (Pensacola, FL)

Some Louisiana bands have performed in the past. Check website for lineup closer to the event dates. http://www.fiestaoffiveflags.org/pensacola-crawfish-festival

May 11-14, 2017 — Gator By The Bay Zydeco, Blues & Crawfish Festival (San Diego)

Headliners include Marcia Ball, Geno Delafose & French Rockin Boogie, Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band, Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys, Igor Prado Band and Dennis Jones Band. The event draws 20,000 each year, and offers the dancer five music stages from which to choose, with two main stages offering 3,000 sq. ft. tented dance floors at each. The event is situated on mile-long Spanish Landing Park on San Diego Bay directly across the street from San Diego Lindbergh International Airport. The weather in San Diego is particularly nice in May with temps at the bay around 75 degrees, but bring a jacket because when the sun goes down it gets a bit chilly. Website: www.gatorbythebay.com.

May 5-7, 2017 --- Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival (Breaux Bridge, LA)

Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival, Parc Hardy, Breaux Bridge, LA. The Crawfish Festival has also become one of the largest gatherings of world famous Cajun musicians. All weekend long you can hear the sound of authentic Cajun, zydeco and swamp pop music rising from the festival. Whether your musical taste is Cajun or Creole, you can witness over 30 bands perform over the three day event if you think you have the stamina. It's a perfect opportunity to see our musical tradition passed from generation to generation. Watch the Cajun dance contests, and if you're brave, join in. There's no better way to learn. There are even Cajun music workshops held in the heritage tent. Website: http://bbcrawfest.com/

May 12-14, 2017 --- Festival Cajun Zydeco (France)

Confirm dates on website: http://www.topela.eu/pages/fr/accueil.php

May 19-21, 2017 --- International Cajun Zydeco Festival (Netherlands)

Festival location: Corner Kloosterweg and Wilhelminalaan, next to the soccer fields, Raamsdonksveer. Website: http://www.zydecozity.nl/en

May 27-28, 2017 --- Simi Valley Cajun, Blues Music Festival (CA)

Website http://www.simicajun.org

June 1-4, 2017 --- Blast From The Bayou Cajun-Zydeco Festival (Preston, CT)

Band list and dates are not published yet. Check with website for details and contact information.


June 2-4, 2017 --- Michael Arnone's Crawfish Festival (Augusta, NJ)

Website: http://www.crawfishfest.com

June 24-25, 2017  — Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival (New Orleans)

11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. both days. Louis Armstrong Park. 901 N. Rampart Street, New Orleans, Louisiana 70116. Admission: Free  Website: https://www.jazzandheritage.org/cajun-zydeco/

June 17-18, 2017 --- Long Beach Bayou Zydeco, Blues, Creole & Cajun Festival (Long Beach)

Website: http://www.longbeachbayou.com

June 23-25, 2017 —- Muddy Roots Europe Festival (Waardamme, Belgium)

Website: http://muddyrootsrecords.com/mr_events/mr_europe/

June 30-July 4, 2017 --- Waterfront Blues Festival (Portland)

Information not yet available. Website: http://www.waterfrontbluesfest.com

July 9-14, 2017 --- 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. Over the years a lot of Floridians have attended." Music and cooking workshops and dancing. See American Heritage Center YouTube Channel.  https://augustaheritagecenter.org/augusta-schedule/cajuncreole/

August 3-6, 2017 --- Sailieu Cajun Nights Festival (France)

Email: bayouprod@aol.com. Website: http://www.bayouprod.com/fr/

August 12-13, 2017 --- Long Beach Crawfish Festival

Long Beach Crawfish Festival at Rainbow Lagoon in Long Beach. 2016 information is not posted yet. Please confirm the dates at the website. http://www.longbeachcrawfishfestival.com

August 19-20, 2017 --- Cotati Accordion Festival (Cotati, CA)

Cotati Accordion Festival in Cotati, California.  Festival location is north of San Francisco. http://www.cotatifest.com

Nov. 30 to Dec. 4, 2017 --- Louisiana Proud Dance Cruise (New Orleans)

Website: https://www.travelmachine.net/Featured-Cruises/65

Sept. 1-3, 2017 --- Ninigret Rhythm & Roots Festival (Rhode Island)

Rhythm & Roots Festival at Ninigret Park, Charlestown, Rhode Island. http://www.rhythmandroots.com/ws/pages/home.php

Sept. 2-3, 2017 --- Sebastopol Cajun Zydeco Festival in Sebastopol, CA

Website is www.WineCountryCajun.com

October 12-15, 2017 --- Festivals Acadiens et Creoles (Lafayette)

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! http://www.festivalsacadiens.com

October 28-29, 2017 (Projected) --- South Louisiana Blackpot Festival and Cookoff (Lafayette, LA)

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.  Confirm the dates at http://blackpotfestival.com

Sat. Nov. 25, 2017 (Projected) --- Al Berard Music Fest (Henderson, Louisiana)

Confirm date and location on website. Information at http://www.alberard.com


Houston/Texas Cajun-Zydeco Events


Florida Cajun and Zydeco Events

Want information on even MORE FESTIVALS? Visit http://www.floridacajunzydeco.com


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.


Check out the Video’s from The Long Beach Bayou Below:


Leroy Thomas & the Zydeco Roadrunners at The Long Beach Bayou 2016




J.J. Caillier & the Zydeco Knockouts at The Long Beach Bayou 2016 with Wendy Lemlin




La Recolte Cajun Music @ Long Beach Bayou 2016 3




La Recolte Cajun Music @ Long Beach Bayou 2016 2




La Recolte Cajun Music @ Long Beach Bayou 2016 1




Mark St Mary Louisiana Blues & Zydeco Band  at The Long Beach Bayou 2016 1




Mark St Mary Louisiana Blues & Zydeco Band  at The Long Beach Bayou 2016 2




Bonne Musique Zydeco at The Long Beach Bayou 2016 1




Bonne Musique Zydeco at The Long Beach Bayou 2016 2



2016 Simi Valley Cajun and Blues Festival Videos


Jo-El Sonnier Simi Valley Cajun Biues Festival 2016 1




Jo-El Sonnier Simi Valley Cajun Biues Festival 2016 2                           



Jo-El Sonnier Simi Valley Cajun Biues Festival 2016 3



Erin Brandt and Peter Oliver Dancing at Simi Valley Cajun and Blues Festival 2016



Chubby Carrier at Simi Valley Cajun and Blues Festival 2016 1




Chubby Carrier at Simi Valley Cajun and Blues Festival 2016 2




Chubby Carrier at Simi Valley Cajun and Blues Festival 2016 3



Dwayne Dopsie at Simi Valley Cajun and Blues Festival 2016 1




Dwayne Dopsie at Simi Valley Cajun and Blues Festival 2016 2



Zydeco meets Lindy at the Simi Valley Cajun Blues festival 2016

Great dancing Robert Vangor  with your beautiful dance partner.





Leon Russel at the Simi Valley Cajun and Blues Festival 2016



Doug Kirshaw and Steve Riley at the Simi Valley Cajun and Blues Festival 1




Doug Kirshaw and Steve Riley at the Simi Valley Cajun and Blues Festival 2



Bonnie Musique Zydeco at Simi Valley Cajun and Blues Festival 1




Bonne Musique Zydeco at Simi Valley Cajun and Blues Festival 2



Barbara Morrison Simi Valley Cajun and Blues Festival 2016




Thank You Peter Oliver, Al Gardner, San Diego Bon Temps Social Club and All for another great San Diego Gator by the Bay Festival.  Below are a number of Videos from the festival


San Diego Gator by the Bay 2016 Brad Sjoblom and Kathy dancing to Bonsoir Catlin. Peter Oliver doing the filming. Thank You Peter & all for putting on a great Festival! As you can see Kathy and I had a great time.  There are more videos uploading. Greg Benusa & Erin Brandt are also dancing in video (Two Great dance Instructors)


Gator by the Bay 2016 Erin Brandt & AJ Gibbs


Gator by the Bay 2016 Cajun Zydeco Zydecobrad Bonsoir Catin Karen Hinz & Peter Oliver Dancing



San Diego Gator by the Bay 2016 Curley Taylor and Zydeco Trouble 1


San Diego Gator by the Bay 2016 Bonsoir Catin


San Diego Gator by the Bay 2016 Bonsoir Catin Workshop 1


Gator by the Bay 2016 Cajun Zydeco Zydecobrad Curley Taylor 2




Here are three YouTube Video’s that I took of The Revelers at Timewarp Records last Friday








From Greg Benusa



It's just a little Zydeco blog I keep posting stories on about upcoming zydeco

festivals... CD's... etc.. If people want to be notified for new

postings to the blog they can just subscribe on the right side of the

window on the web page.




Hey Brad....

Hope all is good in your neck of the woods :)

Can you share this web page link to the blog as I posted a new video

clip teaching the Zydeco Cha Cha line dance.





Greg Benusa New Zydeco & Cajun Dance Instruction DVD

Hey Brad,

Can you put out to your mail list that we just released an Advanced & Intermediate Zydeco Dance instruction / Workshop#3 DVD.

It covers the styles and moves you see in Texas & Louisiana. 

All the details about the DVD are at http://www.LearnZydeco.com


- Greg

New Zydeco & Cajun Dance Instruction DVD just released.  It's title

is Workshop #1 - Louisiana Dance Home School

Instructor Greg Benusa covers beginning Zydeco, Waltz, the Cajun Jig

& Two Step.  It breaks down the basics of each of these dances as

well as covers a few intermediate moves as well.

It covers alternative teaching styles that are used across the

country.  The music on the DVD are from the bands of Brian Jack,

Leroy Thomas, Noonie & The San Diego Cajun Playboy's.

Visit www.LearnZydeco.com for more details on the DVD and please pass

the word to new dancers who you think maybe interested.

It is currently available to purchase online at www.LearnZydeco.com

and will be sold through http://www.activevideos.com and probably Floyd's

Records in the near future.

Thank You. - Greg ph: 619-857-8409


Violin Instructors Dr. Jim Sitterly and Grammy Nominated Lisa Haley

Violin Lessons on YouTube Go to YouTube.com and Search for zydecobrad + Violin

The purpose of this newsletter is to promote Cajun and Zydeco dancing in the Southern California area. 

You may access the Southern California Cajun Zydeco Web Page at


This Web Page will have additional information such as dance flyers and numerous links to Cajun/Zydeco Web Pages around the world. The dance time, date and location may change or cancel so please call the numbers provided to confirm. If you notice an error in any of the information let me know at Zydecobrad@aol.com.  If you have any Cajun/Zydeco functions or news that you want placed on the newsletter and Web Page, please send them to me via email.. You may also call me at home at (310) 962-6596.   I will try to answer your calls and letters as soon as I can. To be removed from this email list, just ask.

Thank You,

Brad Sjoblom

Live Life to the Fullest / One Day At a Time