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 938th News * The Zydeco Mudbugs Mardi Gras 2/11 St Jerome Parish Hall LA



The San Diego Cajun Playboys --

  We are booked for the House Of Blues, San Diego with 5 Shows In February!

2/7, 2/14, 2/18, 2/21 & 2/28

The San Diego Cajun Playboys are pleased to announce that we are in "residency" at the House of Blues Restaurant & Bar, San Diego, every Tuesday night (6-9 p.m.) in February finishing with MARDI GRAS ("Fat Tuesday") on Feb. 28 -- also playing at the club's special Saturday night "ALL HOUSE" Mardi Gras party on Feb. 18 (7-10 p.m.)

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

House of Blues Concert & Events Calendar



The San Diego Cajun Playboys – winner of the Cajun French Music Association’s Le Cajun Award for the Best Cajun Band outside of Louisiana!

Celebrating 20 years of real Cajun French music in San Diego!

For those who know what real South Louisiana Cajun French music is – with accordion, fiddle and vocals in the Cajun French language – the San Diego Cajun Playboys have been the go-to band in Southern California for the past 20 years.  The band got its start at the 1997 Adams Avenue Roots Music Festival, and has played for 16 years at San Diego’s popular Gator By the Bay Louisiana music festival, as well as Cajun dances since 1997 for the Bons Temps Social Club of San Diego.

The San Diego Cajun Playboys are *officially* one of the best Cajun bands outside of Louisiana.

The band won the Cajun French Music Association's prestigious Le Cajun Award in the Prix Dehors de Nous category (the prize for “outside of us” – for the best Cajun French band outside of Louisiana) on August 18, 2006, in Lafayette, Louisiana. The band’s award-winning album, "Small Town Two Step," beat the competition world-wide, including groups from Europe and Scandinavia.

Remember . . . ten or nine out of ten Cajuns prefer the San Diego Cajun Playboys to other brands.

 Y'all come see us now, ya hear?

Best regards,


Laissez les bons temps rouler (Let the good times   roll)


February 11, 2017

7:00   p.m-11:00pm

Food,   Dancing    and Live    Entertainment   by

David    Sousa    and  The    Zydeco   Mudbugs

St.  Jerome Parish Hall

5550     Thornburn     Street, Los    Angeles,    CA   90045


$25.00/Ticket   or   $45.00/2 Tickets

(Dinner    included    with    Ticket    Cost ¨ Dessert    &    Drinks   Extra)


Purchase Tickets at St. Jerome School Office Monday – Friday 8:10 a.m. – 5:00   p.m.

or online at http://www.st-jeromeschool.org/


For Information Please Contact: Gloria Bernestine at (310)   465-8874


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


California Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Music Festival


Memorial Day Weekend May 27th & 28th 2017



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

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 is the latest schedule with some events yet to be announced. If you know of any not listed please send them to me. Thanks.


Thursday, February 23

*Feed & Seed, Lafayette: Terry & the Bad Boys; 8-11 PM.


Friday, February 24

*La Poussiere, Breaux Bridge: Krewe De Canaille Mardi Gras Ball; Ray Abshire Cajun Band:

     Costumes encouraged. No Levis please. Probably 7ish PM.

*Feed & Seed, Lafayette: Lafayette Rhythm Devils + Pas Bon Playboys: 10 PM.

*Cowboys, Lafayette (smoking allowed): Lil’ Pookie hip hop zydeco 10 PM.


Saturday, February 25

*Buck & Johnny’s, Breaux Bridge: Cedryl Ballou & the Zydeco Trendsetters: 8:30-11 AM: $5 entry.

*Gerry Spanger’s Mardi Gras Party, 321 Baldwin St., Breaux Bridge:

     Geno Delafose & French Rockin’ Boogie; Noon-4 PM:

     BYOB & a dish to share. Donations gratefully accepted.

     In case of rain the party moves to La Poussiere in Breaux Bridge.

*La Poussiere, Breaux Bridge: Geno Delafose & French Rockin’ Boogie: Time TBA.

*Pat’s Atchalafaya, Henderson: Louisiana Red Swamp Pop: 8:30 PM.

*Artmosphere, Lafayette: The Revelers: Probably 9-10 PM?

*Feed & Seed, Lafayette: Zydeco Radio: 10 PM.

*Lakeview RV Park, Eunice: The Pine Leaf Boys: 8:00-10:00 PM.

* Lakeview RV Park, Eunice: Horace Trahan & the New Ossun Express: 10:00-Midnight.

*Cowboys, Lafayette (smoking allowed): James Dupre: 10 PM.

Blue Moon, Lafayette: Feufollet: 9:30 PM.


Sunday, February 26

*Lakeview RV Park, Mamou: Leroy Thomas & Zydeco Roadrunners: 8 PM.

*Vermilionville, Lafayette: Kevin Naquin & Ossun Playboys:1:00-4:00 PM.

*Pat’s Atchafalaya, Henderson; Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys: 4:00-7:00 PM.

*Whiskey River Landing, Henderson Levee: Geno Delafose & French Rockin’ Boogie: 4:00-7:00 PM.

*Feed & Seed, Lafayette: Gerard Delafose & the Zydeco Gators: 9 PM.

*Cowboys, Lafayette (smoking allowed): Jamie Bergeron & Kickin’ Cajuns: 10 PM.


Monday, February 27

*Feed & Seed, Lafayette: Wayne Singleton & Same Ol’ 2-Step: 9 PM

*Whirlybird in Opelousas: The Revelers

*Lakeview RV Park, Eunice: Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys: 9:00 PM.


Tuesday, February 28

*Downtown Iota: Leroy Thomas & Zydeco Roadrunners: Noon

*Eunice Street Dance: Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys: 4:00 PM

*Grant Street Dancehall, Lafayette: Horace Trahan & the New Ossun Express: 6:00-7:30 PM.

From: Paul Tamburello [mailto:ptamburello@me.com]
Sent: Sunday, January 15, 2017 12:42 PM
To: Dick Brainard
Cc: Paul Tamburello
Subject: Seventh Annual Roy Carrier Tribute Dance v2

I just added a bunch of links and text to round out the story, learned more about the deep roots of zydeco music after wrote the first version.


7th Annual Roy Carrier Tribute Dance Organized by Troy (Dikki Du) Carrier and Dick Brainard

Last year's Roy Carrier Tribute Dance  http://ptatlarge.typepad.com/ptatlarge/2015/12/6th-annual-roy-carrier-tribute-dance-at-slims-yi-ki-ki.html

Seventh Annual Roy Carrier Tribute Dance
Feed N Seed Lafayette
106 N Grant Street
Lafayette, 70501

December 29, 2016

Southwest Louisiana is a petrie dish for heritage music. Mainly Cajun and Zydeco but a big enough dish to include honky tonk, country swing, even some rock n roll. The roots of Cajun and zydeco music are generations deep.

The Carrier family of Opelousas has been steeped in the zydeco tradition since before WWI when the Carrier Brothers played “La La” music at house parties, another piece of traditional life in the region. Over the years, "La La" morphed into zydeco music and, like Cajun music, is played in scores of cities and towns in southwest Louisiana.

In 1980, Roy Carrier, a cousin of the Carrier brothers, opened The Offshore Lounge in Lawtell, way out in the country. Every week, he invited young musicians to play with his band The Night Rockers, helping them learn their craft with the encouragement of the veterans. Somewhere along the way, Roy enrolled his sons Chubby and Dikki Du to join his band. Each son now fronts his own band, something that Papa Carrier would indeed be proud of.

Dikki Du, who, with Dick Brainard organizes the annual tribute, began playing the rub board at age 9 when Roy’s brother couldn’t get to the show. Nineteen years later, Dikki Du is still at it, as is his elder brother Chubby, now both accordion players.

Tonight’s tribute features Dikki Du and The Zydeco Krewe; Double Trouble, a young zydeco band fronted by twin brothers; The Corey Ledet Zydeco Band; and Jeffery Broussard and The Creole Cowboys, all well-known bands in these parts.

You may have never heard of zydeco or Cajun music. For many down here in southwest Louisiana, it’s mother’s milk that nourishes, an oasis where you can leave the troubles of the world behind, and offers a place to meet others who share the joy of listening to and dancing to the music.

Feed and Seed...

Members of Double Trouble; Jeffery Broussard (red shirt, son of pioneering zydeco accordionist Delton Broussard); Dikki Du Carrier; Corey Ledet on stage...gives us a chance to hear how zydeco music evolves over two generations. Speaking of heritage music, Corey  Ledet lists Clifton Chenier, Rockin’ Dopsie, Leon Sam of The Sam Brothers Five, Buckwheat Zydeco, Beau Jocque, John Delafose, and Boozoo Chavis as his major influences. Heritage? Check out these links and you'll see the growth of zydeco from its beginnings and be amazed at the family connections - fathers, sons, brothers, uncles, cousins, and in-laws in this unique community.

Laura Carrier, pt and Corey Ledet with Laura...Laura and friends prepared tasty gumbo and red beans and rice that fueled dancers all night long.

Jeffery Broussard and band; Jeffery's son on rub board...another generation on the way...

The band is primed; the whole place is jammed...

Wildly talented fiddle player D'Jalma Garnier gets a chance to shine...

The house is rockin'...

Dikki Du and Dick Brainard invite everyone to the stage for a group photo.


Willis Prudhomme, at 85, joined Zydeco Trouble onstage for a song. As accordionist and vocalist, Willis had his own band in 1970, before most on stage tonight were born. His style was more traditional rhythm & blues-ish with plenty of waltzes. By tracing his history as a son of a poor sharecropper, his own experience as a soybean and rice farmer, learning the rudiments of playing an accordion from Cajun accordionist Nathan Abshire, playing with legends John Delafose and Leo Thomas, fathers of two of today's most popular zydeco accordion players, you can see the arc of this regional genre that now plays before audiences in the USA and abroad.

Every member of every band on stage tonight is within not six but two degrees of separation from other musicians in southwest Louisiana...heritage music by family ties and friendship.

Photos by Paul A. Tamburello, Jr.



San Diego News:

From Jan M:


For those who could not find the information on Zydeco Patrol's events online, here it is:


Coyote Bar & Grill, Carlsbad
300 Carlsbad Village Drive

Sunday, January 29
Steamers 2:00PM - 4:30PM
Zydeco Blues Patrol 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Louisiana Blues


This is a FREE event so get there early! 


First Wednesdays: Zydeco Patrol | Center for the Arts, Escondido


First Wednesdays: Zydeco Patrol | Center for the Arts, Escondido

If you want to go back to the bayou and the Cajun prairie of Southwest Louisiana, get ready for an evening of go...



From Ric L:


We won’t be hiding the crazy, this will be one big party. 

After a record breaking turn out in 2016 we will celebrate Mardi Gras once again at House of Blues San Diego. Join us on Saturday, February 18th when we unmask the possibilities at French Quarter House. Experience the Carnival of Mardi Gras with big easy food & drink specials, live music, circus entertainment and more. 

Laissez les bons temps rouler.

Doors: 7:00 PM Show: 8:00 PM Lineup: Bayou Brothers DJ LV Lola Demure's Burlesque & Variety Show All support acts are subject to change without notice. 21 OR OVER WITH PHOTO I.D.  
Tickets $12-$30


BTSC mailing list


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

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 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...

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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

Hey folks..Thanks for all the nice vibes that were on hand last Sunday at the Hall, w/the All-Star band, the Zydeco One-Nighters..they played a good 2 1/2 hours straight thru, and nobody complained..A rarity!! Plus, lots of food as well..I really like the Sundays and hope you do too..Our Next Sunday event will be on the 12th of Feb..Lincolns Birthday and we'll be having an encore performance w/Annie, Andrew, Billy and the Cajun All-Stars..5:30 is when it kicks off..


THIS FRIDAY, FEB 3, we are having a special show w/not one but two accordion players for a very rare show..First off is Billy Wilson backed up by Andre Thierry, Julius, Cj, and Jim Scott..Then after an hour or so, Andre will take over and do his thing as only he can..We've done this before w/different bands, but not so much accordion players all that much..Timm Walker did it at the Empress and it worked well..So we're diggingit out for the Hall..it's an early start time so tell people..we'll do the lesson at 8 if there are people to teach, if not the band still goes on at 8:30,  maybe 8:40 tops..I hope this works, and we shall see..Spread the word..


Speaking of teaching Lisa and I again were approached again about teaching, maybe a workshop, which might work..As I've said, interest was just not there to continue a continuous class, but maybe a 2 hours workshop might work..Let us know if you want to do something and we'll gear it towards the Intermediate Level as many people already tell me they know many of my moves already and I have a few more I can dig out of the dance attic..Let me know here or at the Friday Dance, and spread the word..and I'll keep you informed....


Plus, please tell people to check here, or grab a flyer at the Hall when you come..The calender, while nice, sometimes gets things wrong..not intentionally but it happens..So when I post something here,or at the Hall, then that is the gospel..thanks


Also, don't forget that Andre will be doing a special show at the Osher JCC on Sat..Feb. 11 for a Mardi Gras Party..Linda Bolt has been booking Zydeco/Cajun stuff for years and wants to have a good turnout..that will be at 8pm..on that Sat..Feb. 11..spread the word, as many Marin Cty..People complain nothing goes on there, well, here you go..Lisa and I will be giving the long lesson from 7:40 to 8pm..lol..Thanks for helping out..


Don't forget we have some really good bands coming in..This week, Annie and Andrew on the 12th, Then the Zydeco Flames celebrating Lances', LLoyds', and Lisa M.s' birthdays all in one night..Then the return of MITCH POLZAK on the 26, then Andre for his last gig on the 5th before he goes to Texas/La..for a good 6 weeks, then two great out-of-town bands, BRUCE DAIGROPONT, FROM NEW ORLEANS..who has NEVER played Northern Ca..and he plays mostly Cajun music but really is a kick-ass player w/a kick-ass band..He played Tipitinas on Sundays for 20 years!!! that will be on March 10th..Then CURLEY TAYLOR, who never ever fails to put on a good show will be there celebrating his Irish side on Friday March 17th..So we hope you enjoy these bands and come..on a weekly basis it doesn't get better than this..and remember, Eagles is the longest running continuous dance featuring primarily Zydeco with a touch of Cajun throw in IN THE COUNTRY..For that I thank the dancers who come out week after week..it really does mean a lot..So thanks..and help spread the word..


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















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






Eagles Hall


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Time: 8:30pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 2305 Alameda Avenue.


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 Jose

San Pedro Square


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


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.


San Francisco, ca

Pier 23


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


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


Half Moon Bay

Half Moon Bay Brewing Co.


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


San Mateo, CA



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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


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Eagles Hall


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


San Jose

San Pedro Square


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


Updates from

Simi Valley Cajun Music & Blues Festival Blog


What Do Improvisation and Jazz Have to Do With One Another?

By Simi Valley Cajun Music & Blues Festival Blogging Team on Jan 26, 2017 09:00 am

You may not think that something as melodic and harmonious as music has room for improvisation because everything sounds so well-put together, but the truth may surprise you. You sit at a small venue. Small stage, even smaller chairs. The lights dim and the spotlights illuminate the handful of players–each with their own instrument in
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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:

This Weekend | Swing & Intrigue

Friday night at the Century Ballroom, Masquerade 9 Dancing & Follies for those who love fun and adventure, and Saturday Casey MacGill swings the Mercer Island VFW — we’ve had many great dances at the VFW, and here’s a chance to help revive it as a dance hall, so catch it if you can.

Feb.4 | Zydeco Rex

Coming next Saturday to Eagles Aerie No.1, yeah you right! Details GatorBoyProductions.com

Summer’s coming... | Winthrop R&B Early Bird

Delbert McClinton and Chubby Carrier & the Bayou Swamp Band head up the 30th Anniversary Winthrop Rhythm & Blues Festival in Winthrop, WA this year, July 21-23. Early Bird ticket sales through Feb.1, buy now and save! Click for tix.

Details at GatorBoyProductions.com


Mark Your Calendar…

Event details at GatorBoyProductions.com


Jan.28 | Casey MacGill

Mercer Island VFW


Feb.4 | Zydeco Rex


Feb.12 | Filé Gumbo


Feb.17 | Gator Boy’s Juke Joint

Eagles Aerie No.1

Whiskey River Jitterbug primer


Feb.19 | New Classes & Workshops Start

Eagles Aerie No.1

Whiskey River Jitterbug primer


Feb.26 | Country Partner Line Dances Workshop


Mar.5 | Zydeco Intermediate: Slide Basic Workshop


Mar.11 | Curley Taylor & Zydeco Trouble

Highway 99 Blues Club


Mar.17 | Gator Boy’s Juke Joint


Event details at GatorBoyProductions.com


In Other News…


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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

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