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 940th news High Life Cajun Band This Sunday@Golden Sails LB


Also don’t miss Zydeco and Cajun Music by French Singer CharlElie Couture and his musicians- Friday 3/24 and Saturday 3/25 - Los Angeles premiere concert of his newest release, Lafayette – Details Below:


High Life Cajun Band


Friday, March 24, 2017, 9:30pm

Live Music with High Life Cajun Band

1642 Beer & Wine Bar

1642 W. Temple St., Los Angeles 90026

No cover




At the Golden Sails this Sunday, March 26




The High Life Cajun Band …

Paul Rathje spent 15 years mastering the accordion and Ben Guzman has been playing traditional American fiddle music for over a decade. 

As well as dueling fiddle and accordion, the band regularly includes guitar and triangle,
and at times can include bass and rub board.

Click here to listen to the High Life Cajun Band at the Golden Sails in 2015



 Take a trip back to the dance halls and honky tonks of Southwest Louisiana.  Enjoy authentic Cajun music accompanied by songs in Creole French as well as English.  

Sunday March 26, 2017   ...  4:30 to 7:30 pm
Admission: $10 at the door


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.


Dorothy McMahon, the elderly lady we have seen at the festivals for many years died recently at the age of 92. She was such an inspiration as she always made it to the festivals and always danced, even when it was with her walker. Thought you might want to put in your newsletter because so many of us knew her and she will be greatly missed. Rest In Peace Dorothy, you enriched our lives with your joyous enthusiasm. Here's our obituary:





Friday 3/24 and Saturday 3/25 CharlElie Couture and his musicians


For Immediate Release:        January 23, 2017              Théâtre Raymond Kabbaz Presents The Los Angeles Premiere of CharlElie Couture’s concert Friday, March 24 & Saturday March 25, 2017


In French (no subtitles)

 LOS ANGELES, CA –Théâtre Raymond Kabbaz (TRK), the innovative performancespace at Le Lycée Français de Los Angeles, is pleased to welcome French singer and songwriter CharlElie Couture, for the Los Angeles premiere concert of his newest release, Lafayette, on Friday, March 24 and Saturday, March 25, 2017. CharlElie Couture (vocal, piano, guitar) will be joined for the occasion by Karim Attoumane  (guitar)  and Blake  Miller  (accordion,  banjo andviolin)        and     will perform new songs  as well as his classic hits.  With his distinctive stony nasal voice and his strong regional accent, CharlElie Couture is one of the most colorful figures to have emerged from the new French music scene. Equally at home sitting behind his piano or strumming his acoustic guitar, CharlElie has experimented with a number of different musical styles in the course of his career, exploring rock and electronic music before re-discovering the blues on his latest album, Lafayette.


The rock poet and musical painter went to the heart of the Louisiana bayou to record his twentieth studio album. The raw, festive album wonderfully sums up the essence of the music he has been making for nearly four decades: an intense, profound, hot, sultry blues, swampy rock, but tinged with poetry. 


Lafayette was for him the best place to record this album because of the mythical idea he has that Louisiana is a ‘mix of cultures like the French island lost in the middle of the American world’. Once again the singer aims to build bridges between French and American culture. As he explains, “I was raised in an almost bilingual environment: my mother taught French in the USA and I talked to her in English in the kitchen. In a way, it’s my native language.” The album’s fourteen original songs, recorded in French and English in the local style is a mixture of zydeco and swamp rock, swing and country initially popularized by such guardians of the genre as Clifton Chénier, Rufus Thibodeaux and Zachary Richard, who added his voice on two tracks.


The 75-90 minutes long shows will start at 7:30pm and will take place at Théâtre Raymond Kabbaz, the innovative performance space at Le Lycée Français de Los Angeles, 10361 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles CA 90064 (310-286-0553). Tickets are $35 for adults and $25 for students. A no host bar will be available. Tickets are available online at http://tinyurl.com/ofmdyxh. 

 This event is part of a US tour, which includes stops in San Francisco and Los Angeles. It’s also part of TRK’s monthlong local 2017 Celebration of La Francophonie (French Language).


We would be happy to offer a 25% discount on tickets for the readers of your website with the code DISCOUNT25.


Théâtre Raymond Kabbaz | Le Lycée Français de Los Angeles

For tickets and Information (310) 286-0553 or Website  www.trk.us.com


May 5th Joe Hall & The Canecutters Live Cajun Music


Joe Hall and the Canecutters

Playing "Old Style" traditional Cajun/Creole music

Friday, May 5, 2017

8:00 PM

Coffee Gallery Backstage

2029 North Lake Avenue

Altadena CA 91001

Tickets are $20 


This is a rare opportunity to see this gifted performer up close and personal in this warm, intimate venue. Both the music and the venue will take you back to the honky tonks and dancehalls of southwest Louisiana. This event will definitely sell out. Only 45 lucky people will be admitted, so call 626-798-6236 and make your reservations TODAY! 


A rising star in the Cajun/Zydeco genres, Creole artist Joe Hall is playing the traditional "Old Style" Cajun/Creole music learned at his Grandfather "King" Ned's knee. At age 7, Hall's passion for the music led him to seek out and learn from Creole greats Bois Sec” Ardoin, Canray Fontenot, Carlton Frank and Calvin Carrière. He's jammed with the late Boozoo Chavis, played at JazzFest, taught and played at BlackPot and is being recognized by some of the finest arts organizations in the US. Joe talks about his experience growing up surrounded by this music, his Grandfather's influence, and learning from the great names in the genre as he sings and tells the stories of his childhood and of the songs he plays. 


Great coffee, soups, sandwiches and pastries are available to purchase at The Coffee Gallery, so you can have it all in one place!


Coffee Gallery Website: https://www.coffeegallery.com/index01.html

Joe Halls website: http://www.joehallandthecanecutters.com/


Tuesday, April 18, 6:30pm

Christopher Cohan Performing Arts Center

San Luis Obispo, CA


Wednesday, April 19, 7:30pm

Spanos Theater

San Luis Obispo, CA


Friday, April 21, 7:00pm

Museum of Making Music

Carlsbad, CA


Saturday, April 22, 8:00pm

McCabe's Guitar Shop

Santa Monica, CA

High Life Cajun Band


Here's Highlife Cajun Band's upcoming events:


Friday, March 24, 2017, 9:30pm

Live Music with High Life Cajun Band

1642 Beer & Wine Bar

1642 W. Temple St., Los Angeles 90026

No cover


Sunday, March 26, 2017, 4:00 to 7:00 pm

4th Sunday Dance with High Life Cajun Band

Golden Sails Hotel

6285 E. Pacific Coast Hwy, Long Beach 90804

Admission: $10 at the door


Thursday, March 30, 2017, 8:00pm

High Life Cajun Band & Mid-City Opry 

The Trip Bar

2101 Lincoln Blvd., Santa Monica 90405

No cover


Wednesday, April 12, 2017, 10:00pm

Live music with High Life Cajun Band

The Escondite Bar

410 Boyd St., Los Angeles 90013

No cover


Saturday, May 6, 2017, Noon

Central Coast Folk Festival

High Life Cajun Band at this cool new festival

Los Osos, CA


Tuesday, May 9, 2017, 10:00pm

Live music with High Life Cajun Band

The Escondite Bar

410 Boyd St., Los Angeles 90013

No cover


Saturday, May 13, 2017, 7:10pm

High Life Cajun Band at Gator By The Bay

4 Days of Louisiana Music! 

San Diego


Sunday, May 21st, 2017, 2:00pm

57th Annual Topanga Banjo & Fiddle Contest

High Life Cajun Band on the Pavillion Stage

Agoura Hills


Updates at highlifecajunband.com and https://www.facebook.com/highlifecajunband/




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

The Yardbirds

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

Mitch Ryder

Big Chief Monk Boudreaux & the Golden Eagles

The 44s

Lazy Lester

Dwayne Dopsie and the Zydeco Hellraisers

Kelly’s Lot

Alex Nester

Jo-El Sonnier

Doug Kershaw

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


The Bayou Brothers

Future San Diego Events

From Greg B:  

It's Tonight!!!

Third Monday Zydeco Dance at Tio Leo's

6 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Zydeco basics lesson
6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Zydeco intermediate and advanced lesson
7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Cajun/zydeco DJ dance
Instructor/DJ Greg Benusa and friends. $5 donation requested for lessons. 
CD Dance is free!

Location: Tio Leo's, 5302 Napa Street, San Diego, CA 92110. Questions: Greg, 619-857-8409, email: greg@zydecoach.com



From John D (paraphrased by Jan M):


There is no cover charge for the Tio Leo's CD event so please spend the money you saved on food or a drink (even bottled water).  We have to make it worthwhile for the venue to continue this event.



From Jon G:

 -- The San Diego Cajun Playboys --

  We are booked to play again at the House Of Blues, San Diego with 2 Shows In April -- No cover -- in the restaurant on the VooDoo stage. Come on down to dance and try the jambalaya!  . . . a great warm-up for Gator By The Bay.

Thursday April 6 from 6-9 pm   --- and Friday April 21 from 6-9 pm


1055 Fifth Avenue in downtown San Diego (between Broadway & C St.)

House of Blues Concert & Events Calendar



Best regards,



From Your Board:


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

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

Zydeco dance lesson at 6:20 p.m.

Dance to live Rock-a-Billy and Louisiana music from 7 to 10:15 p.m.  Gino plays the first set.  Zydeco Patrol finishes out the event.

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




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

View on zydecotrailriderz.com

Preview by Yahoo


 Thanks for sharing, 


Dennis G & the Zydeco Trail Riderz

Zydeco Trail Riderz








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...

View on zydecotrailriderz.com

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Lisa Haley & the Zydekats

GRAMMY Nominee – Americana/Cajun/Zydeco
Wow!! Celebrating 22 years as a band!

Oooh, it’s been a long, cold winter, Y’all – Come thaw out with us!!

ANNOUNCING: Our new drummer, Andrea McKinley!
Amazing, amazing rhythm woman! Come out and dance!!

Lisa Haley "Chicken Fiddler" Video – Over 676,000 Youtube hits – and counting! 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, Y’all!


1121 Mission St, South Pasadena, CA 91030
Featuring songs from our upcoming CD, “Sky Hook!”



85 E. Holly St, Pasadena, CA 91103



4200 Olivas Park Dr, Ventura, CA 92002

“Treasure your long-time friends:
Those who 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! Their new 9th album is "Sky Hook," with 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!!

Updates from

Simi Valley Cajun Music & Blues Festival Blog


Performer Bio: Jo-El Sonnier

By Simi Valley Cajun Music & Blues Festival Blogging Team on Mar 16, 2017 09:00 am

Jo-El Sonnier simply does not play music, he lives his music.  The music of Jo-El Sonnier is a way of life. What does that mean? It means that his tenacity, relentless dedication, and passion for the artform is deeply ingrained in him. He has been the undisputed “King of Cajun” for the past 25 years and
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Performer Bio: Alex Nester

By Simi Valley Cajun Music & Blues Festival Blogging Team on Mar 14, 2017 09:00 am

The mainstream music industry has perfected the “art” of creating singles for the masses, but Alex Nester refuses to conform to the popular and brings us back to the real art of music-making. Alex Nester’s music is described as a hell-hath-no-fury collection of original music. Within her music, we hear personal tales of her trials
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More to read:

Performer Bio: Kelly’s Lot
Performer Bio: Dwayne Dopsie and the Zydeco Hellraisers
Performer Bio: Lazy Lester
The 44s to Play at Cajun & Blues Music Festival
Top Jazz Bars in LA County



From Dana D

Hi everyone..wanted to thank all those who came out to the Hall last Friday night to hear a great band, Curley Taylor and Zydeco Trouble..They sure were tight, great, killer rhythm section and wonderful vocals..and yes they were loud..Curley pretty much always is..that is how it is done in La..but that said, wanted to thank all who came..a really big crowd too, one of the biggest of the year..lots of people I havne't seen for a long time, but it was nice..Curley may be back in the summer, kind of depends on his schedule..We'll see..


This Friday March 24, is the return of Jim Scotts band, Iko Ya-Yas, a band that many many people asked to have come back..so here you are..We'll be starting at 9 and go from there..doors 8, lessons 8:30..So please spread the word that this band while not traditional Zydeco or Cajun is a really good dance band..Thanks..


And yes we are going back to the 9 o'clock start time..Many people who didn’t' come thanked me Friday for doing it..and again the people outside of 3-4, never have made it..So we'll start at 9..no 9:20 or 9:30 anymore unless something happens..which it won't.


And speaking of teaching, Lisa and I are going to be doing a Dance Workshop on Sunday April 2nd from 3-5 at the BEAT, 2560 9th st.in Berkeley....Again, let Lisa know or me..We re basing it on folks who have taken the class before, and are gearing it towards Intermediate but not set in stone..I just don’t' want to have to teach a floating slide for two hours, as we taught that for YEARS..I've had more than a few people ask me to come who haven't taken any lessons at all and to be honest that is not what the workshop is about..it's about getting ready for San Diego for one thing, to refresh your steps for another, and actually to improve what you already know..I don’t' think it is fair to be doing a very Basic class when again Lisa and I taught for years on Tuesday and Wednesday nights..So I've told a few folks that may not be ready, that is my professional opinion..not personal..and it wouldn't be fair to the folks who did come for along time..But if you are still interested, hit me up here..and we'll talk..Thanks..


And the way things are going we may not be doing as many dances in Apriil or May, I'll let you know in the next blast here..I need some time off to do a few things..again I'll let you know..


We have a good lineup coming so we hope you support it as much as you can..We'll see you on Friday..

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
















Andre Thierry



Upcoming shows

Andre Thierry





Fort Bragg, CA

KZYX Benefit Concert


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


San Francisco, ca

Shaka Zula Mardi Gras Ball Fundraiser


Time: 5:00pm. Admission: $65 Special “Andre Fan” ticket price – purchase at the door!. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 410 Van Ness Ave.. OPEN 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.


Half Moon Bay

Half Moon Bay Brewing Co.


Time: 5:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 390 Capistrano Rd. Half Moon Bay, CA 94019. Venue phone: (650) 728-2739.


San Mateo, CA



Time: 7:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 201 S. B St. Venue phone: 650-343-1226. Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras Party!


San Francisco

Private Event


Age restrictions: All Ages.



Eagles Hall


Time: 5:30pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 2305 Alameda Avenue.


San Jose

San Pedro Square


Time: 7:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 87 North San Pedro Street.


St, Helena, CA.

Rombauer Vineyards


Time: 4:00pm. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 3522 Silverado Trail North.


West Sacramento, CA

West Sacramento Dances


Time: 3:00pm. Admission: $15. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 905 Drever St..



Feed and Seed


Time: 9:00pm. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 106 N. Grant Street. Special Double Bill with Corey Ledet!


Lake Charles, LA



Time: 10:00am. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 329 Broad St.


Houston, TX

The Creole Corner


Time: 5:00pm. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 7614 West Montgomery.


Houstson, Texas

4212 Cafe


Time: 5:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 4212 Almeda Rd Houston, TX 77004. Venue phone: (713) 522-4212. Special Double Bill With Jermone Batiste!


Austin, Texas

Sam’s Townpoint


Time: 7:00pm. Admission: $10. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 2115 Allred.


Spring, TX

TWFG Muddy Trails Bash


Time: 4:30pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 6055 Creekside Forest Dr.



The Big Easy


Time: 8:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 5731 Kirby Dr. Houston 77005. Venue phone: 713-523-9999.


Houstson, Texas

4212 Cafe


Time: 5:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 4212 Almeda Rd Houston, TX 77004. Venue phone: (713) 522-4212. Special Double Bill with Jermone Batiste!


Houston, TX

The Creole Corner


Time: 5:00pm. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 7614 West Montgomery.





Time: 6:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 1613 Shepherd Dr Houston, TX 77007.


Breaux Bridge, LA

Buck and Johnny’s


Time: 8:30am. Admission: $5. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 100 Berard St.. Zydeco Breakfast!


Carencro, LA



Time: 9:30pm. Admission: $10. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 827 Hector Connoly Rd.


Half Moon Bay, CA

Dream Machine Festival


Time: 11:30am. Admission: $25 adults, $15 ages 11-17, kids 10 and under free.. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: The Airport at Half Moon Bay.



Eagles Hall


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


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:



Saturday | Curley Taylor & Zydeco Trouble

The monsters of groove, the masters of smooth, zydeco beasts Curley Taylor & Zydeco Trouble are comin' to YOUR town! Be there Saturday night, Highway 99 Blues Club, and get you some good Louisiana lovin', my friends. This is gonna be a righteous and unforgettable party, no doubt about it. See GatorBoyProductions.com for details.


Plus, you’ll want to raise a glass to honor the Highway 99 Blues Club, recent proud recipient of the prestigious 2017 national "Keeping the Blues Alive" award from the Blues Foundation. We love our Blues Club! Come support live Louisiana music and help keep zydeco and blues alive and thriving in Seattle, the joint is gonna be jumpin’!


Saturday, March 11 | Curley Taylor & Zydeco Trouble

Highway 99 Blues Club, 8pm, $20

Details GatorBoyProductions.com

Monday | Curley Taylor House Party

Les Berenson is throwing his first house party with his beautiful, virgin 700sf dance floor, and he’s invited y’all to come christen it right. Curley & the band will return to Seattle, there’s an early movie, potluck of course, and dancing starts 6pm, $13. Details on the event’s FB page and at GatorBoyProductions.com

Friday, March 17 | Gator Boy's Juke Joint

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with the Gator Boy! As always 3rd Fridays at the Eagles Mother Aerie, 8-11pm. Pre-dance workshop this month is the Country Dance Katie (a fun wee “Irish partner/Contra” dance, check it out), 7:15pm. Corned beef and cabbage dinner served starting 5pm along with drink specials, so come early and dance late! Details GatorBoyProductions.com





Mark Your Calendar…

Event details at GatorBoyProductions.com


Mar.11 | Curley Taylor & Zydeco Trouble

Highway 99 Blues Club


Mar.13 | Curley Taylor House Party

Les Berenson’s house


Mar.17 | Gator Boy’s Juke Joint

Eagles Aerie No.1, dance 8-11pm

Irish Country Dance Katie lesson, 7:15pm

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day Dance!


Mar.28 & 29 | Davina & the Vagabonds

Jazz Alley, 7:30pm

“New Orleans charm, Memphis soul swagger"


Apr.2 | Filé Gumbo

30th Anniversary Celebration

Highway 99 Blues Club


Apr.7, 14 & 21 | Beginning Zydeco Series

with instructor Sean Donovan

and the ID Crash Dance Crew


Apr.8 | Early Life Speech & Language Benefit Beer Fest

Music by DJ Sean “Gator Boy” Donovan


Jun.10-11 | Zydeco Weekend Save the Date!

with int/adv workshops by Sean “Gator Boy” Donovan Saturday afternoon

Saturday night dance with Zydeco Rex and Sunday Zydeco Brunch

Portland, OR


Event details at GatorBoyProductions.com


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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.

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

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