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



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Ted Sherrod's * www.twoleftfeetca.com


Andre Thierry and Zydeco Magic


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



















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Zydecobrad’s Southern California Cajun & Zydeco 998th of 1000 Newsletter * Memorial Day Weekend -Don’t Miss The Simi Valley’s Cajun & Blues Festival 5/26 & 5/27     www.simicajun.org /

San Diego’s Gator ByThe Bay once again was an excellent festival.  Thank you - Peter Oliver, THE BON TEMPS SOCIAL CLUB OF SAN DIEGO, and all those that supported the festival to make it one of the best on the West Coast.


Next Up!


Simi Valley’s Cajun & Blues Festival 5/26 & 5/27

www.simicajun.org / www.cajunbluesblog.com

Cajun & Zydeco Entertainers for 2018

Chubby Carrier & The Bayou Swamp Band

Lost Bayou Ramblers – 2018 Grammy Winner

Kevin Naquin & Ossun Playboys

La Recolte

Lisa Haley & The Zydekats

Dennis G and the Zydeco Trail Riderz

Bo Dollis, Jr. & The Wild Magnolias


Blues Entertainers for 2018

Eddie Money

Dave Mason

Devon Allman Project with Duane Betts

Chambers Brothers

Lightnin' Willie

 3 Sista Blues - Deb Ryder, Shari Puorto and Kelly Z





Southern California’s biggest Blues, Cajun, Zydeco, and Roots Music Festival features two stages of music, dozens of food booths, craft vendors and a daily Mardi Gras Parade


SIMI VALLEY, Calif. — The 29th annual Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Music Festival will once again fill your Memorial Day weekend with two days of great music and great fun. Taking place Saturday May 26 and Sunday May 27 at Rancho Santa Susanna Community Park (5005 Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley), this popular festival features two stages delivering non-stop performances showcasing an array of acclaimed Cajun, Blues and other roots-based music acts. 


Single Day tickets are $30 for adults (ages 13 and over) per day, and $45 for a 2-day pass; children 12 and younger are free. Special Early Bird single day tickets can be purchased online at http://www.simicajun.org/ for $22 through April 15. After that date, tickets can be purchased online for $25. Note: only $30 single-day tickets will be available at the gate with cash and credit card being the acceptable forms of payment. The Festival also offers a limited number of SuperTicket passes for the Blues Stage. For $124 for a single day or $199 for both days, SuperTickets holders get a reserved seat, in the shade, directly in the front of the Blues Stage as well as private bar access (and two complimentary drinks) and other exclusive “backstage experiences.”


Concertgoers will be pleased to know that this year the Festival has the green light on allowing pop-up tents, so folks can bring their own pop-up tents and enjoy some relief from the sun. There will be 30,000 square feet of shading and low back chairs are recommended for seating.


The main event at the Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Music Festival remains the music, and this year is no exception with an impressive lineup that crosses genres and spans generations. The Blues Stage is headlined on Saturday by Rock & Roll Hall of Famer (and co-founder of Traffic) Dave Mason. Sunday finds blues-infused classic rocker Eddie Money topping the Blues Stage bill, which also includes a set from the fabled funk soul rockers Chambers Brothers. More old school blues power will be supplied by Lightnin’ Willie (Saturday) and Arthur Adams (Sunday).


The Blues Stage also proudly hosts second-generation blues rockers the Devon Allman Project with Duane Betts, who will perform on Saturday. Bo Dollis, Jr & The Wild Magnolias, who appear on the Blues Stage on Saturday and the Cajun Stage on Sunday, also has strong musical bloodlines. Dollis, Jr. has succeeded his father as “Big Chief” of the Wild Magnolias. There’s even the third-generation Zydeco star Chubby Carrier & The Bayou Swamp Band, who is playing the Cajun Stage both days.


The Cajun Stage this year is also spotlighting several top younger acts that should not be missed. Lost Bayou Ramblers, who won this year’s Best Regional Roots Album Grammy Award for their album Kalenda, will be performing on Cajun Stage Saturday and the Blues Stage Sunday. Kevin Naquin & Ossun Playboys, the heralded Cajun group from Southwest Louisiana, is doing double duty on the Cajun Stage, while the award-winning Acadiana outfit La Recolte has a Saturday set and the popular SoCal band Dennis G and the Zydeco Trail Riderz can be enjoyed on Sunday.


One of the Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Music Festival’s long-time favorites, Lisa Haley & The Zydekats, will be commanding the Cajun Stage on both Saturday and Sunday. The Festival also welcomes back the dynamic singer/keyboardist Alex Nester, who played the Blues Stage last year, and Kelly Z, who performed last year with her band Kelly’s Lot and this year is part of the local super group 3 Sista Blues.


About The Headliners:

Dave Mason: The Rock And Roll Hall of Famer began his illustrious career while he was just a teenager when he formed the celebrated band Traffic with Steve Winwood, Jim Capaldi and Chris Wood. His Traffic tune “Feelin’ Alright” was made famous by Joe Cocker. “Only You Know and I Know,” “We Just Disagree,” and “Dreams I Dream” stand as highlights of Mason’s successful solo career. His distinctive guitar work has appeared on albums by George Harrison, Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones, and Jimi Hendrix. In 2016, he released the CD Traffic Jam, which he followed last year with the EP Pink Lipstick.


Eddie Money: Last year marked the 40th anniversary of Money’s smash self-titled debut album, which introduced "Baby Hold On" and his signature song “Two Tickets To Paradise.” Money has also found chart success with “I Wanna Go Back,” “Walk On Water,” “You Really Got A Hold On Me,” and “I’ll Get By,” and he scored a Grammy nomination for his duet with Ronnie Spector, “Take Me Home Tonight.” The one-time New York City cop was discovered, and managed, by the legendary Bill Graham, who described Money as a natural performer, and the charismatic Money has been entertaining audiences for over four decades.


Devon Allman Project With Duane Betts: After leading the Devon Allman's Honeytribe and Royal Southern Brotherhood for nearly two decades, Devon Allman decided to put together a new band following the death last year of his father Gregg Allman. The six-piece Devon Allman Project fulfills Allman’s long discussed team-up with fellow guitarist Duane Betts (the son of Dickey Betts who is named after Devon’s uncle Duane Allman). The two have known each other since they were teens when their fathers were in the Allman Brothers together. Expect a set featuring some Devon songs, some Dickey songs, some Allman Brothers songs, and plenty of fiery guitar playing.


Chambers Brothers: It was 50 years ago this year that the Chamber Brothers scored a Top 20 hit with their epic tune “Time Has Come Today.” This psychedelic soul masterpiece has remained popular and relevant ever since. The song has been covered repeatedly by bands over the years; Pearl Jam performed it at their 2016 Wrigley Field “Let’s Play Two” concert. No one, however, can play like the Chambers Brothers can. Their sound, a special brew of gospel, funk, R&B, and rock & roll, draws upon their native Mississippi and their long-time home of Los Angeles.


Lost Bayou Ramblers: The past year has been a thrill ride for the Lost Bayou Ramblers. The Louisiana band appeared on the acclaimed documentary series American Epic in a performance produced by Jack White. Their album Kalenda picked up a Grammy win for Best Regional Roots Album back in January. Featuring Louis Michot (fiddle and lead vocals), Andre Michot (accordion and lapsteel), Eric Heigle (electronics and acoustic guitar), Kirkland Middleton (drums), Johnny Campos (guitar and vocals), and Bryan Webre (bass and vocals), the band takes both a traditional and unorthodox approach to Cajun music, which might be why Arcade Fire liked them enough to bring them out on their Reflektor tour.


Chubby Carrier & The Bayou Swamp Band: Chubby Carrier is known as “The World’s Premier Zydeco Showman,” and he has demonstrated that every time he takes the stage at the 150 or so shows he plays each year with his Bayou Swamp Band. With his group, he has spread the joyous sounds of Zydeco around the world. Zydeco music is in Chubby’s blood: his father Roy Carrier, his grandfather Warren Carrier and his cousins Bebe and Calvin Carrier are all Zydeco legends. Chubby Carrier & The Bayou Swamp Band were honored by a Grammy victory in 2011 for Best Zydeco or Cajun Album.


Bo Dollis, Jr. & The Wild Magnolias: Bo Dollis, Jr. hails from New Orleans music royalty. His father Bo Sr. served as “Big Chief” of the Mardi Gras Indian tribe known as the Wild Magnolias before Bo Jr. succeeded him in 2012. The following year, they released A New Kind of Funk, their first album of original recordings since 1999. Besides creating wonderfully festive and authentic New Orleans funk, the band is also known for their colorful costumes that represent native Louisiana “Indian Masking” traditions.


3 Sista Blues: This trio - Deb Ryder, Shari Puorto and Kelly Z - represents something of a Southern California blues super group. Each “Sista” has had a significant career on her own. Ryder was a Sean Costello Rising Star Award nominee for the Blues Blast Music Awards. Puorto was named Best Female Vocalist at the South Bay Music Awards and won Americana/Blues/Roots Song of the Year honors at the L.A. Music Awards. Kelly Z’s band Kelly’s Lot has been a mainstay of the L.A. music scene and has a strong European following. Now the powerhouse vocalist has teamed with Ryder and Puorto to create a terrific triumvirate of local blues all-stars.


Kevin Naquin & Ossun Playboys: Led by the accordion-pumping Naquin, the Southwestern Louisiana-bred band has racked up a number of honors from the Cajun French Music Association over the years. The group honors Cajun music traditions while also injecting their songs with their own brand of infectious energy. Be prepared to shake and swing because Kevin Naquin & Ossun Playboys are known as being one of Cajun music’s premier dance outfits.


Lisa Haley & The Zydekats: For over 20 years, Lisa Haley and The Zydekats have ranked as one of the best, if not the best, Americana/Cajun/Zydeco bands in California. Joining fiddler Haley in The Zydekats are David Fraser (accordion, keyboards, harmonica), Andy Anders (bass and vocals), and Cam Tyler (drums, vocals and percussion). They have entertained crowds around the globe, performed on more TV shows and movies than you can count, and grabbed a Grammy nomination for their album King Cake.


The Festival’s Blues Stage has been booked again by Martin Fleischmann and his company, Rum & Humble. For more than two decades, Rum & Humble has played a key role in presenting many of the world’s top musical acts (Radiohead, King Sunny Ade, and The Rolling Stones, to name a few) at top Los Angeles venues including the Hollywood Bowl, the Orpheum Theatre and the Santa Monica Pier. The firm is known for its close collaborations with many clients, ranging from artists including Jackson Browne and Paul Oakenfold to such organizations as KJAZZ Radio and the National Geographic Society. Rum & Humble also has been a pioneer promoter of Latin alternative music, and Fleischmann helped to start L.A.’s Conga Room.


Since its start nearly 30 years ago, the Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Festival has garnered international attention and grown into one of the largest music festivals of its kind west of the Mississippi River. Jazz Weekly’s George W. Harris has hailed the Festival, proclaiming, “forget the Playboy Jazz Festival, the Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Fest beats the older and richer sister. This is coming from a jazzer, yet still, pound for pound and dollar for dollar, I have more fun here than in Hollywood … (it) “delivered music made to last…(and I) can’t wait until next year.”


To reach Rancho Santa Susanna Community Park from Los Angeles, take California Hwy. 118 (Ronald Reagan Freeway) north to Stearns Street exit and then drive a couple blocks south. Ample free parking is available, with the main lot located at the Simi Valley High School; a free shuttle takes to you to the Park. The Festival also is within an easy walking distance of the Amtrak Simi Valley station, which is located nearby at 5050 Los Angeles Avenue.


A presentation of the Rotary Club of Simi Sunrise, the Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Music Festival donates 100% of its profits to charitable, educational and humanitarian causes on a local, national and international level. A list of these organizations may be found at < http://www.simicajun.org/who-benefits/>.



(Subject to change)




Lightnin’ Willie

Bo Dollis, Jr. & The Wild Magnolias

Devon Allman Project with Duane Betts

Dave Mason

Alex Nester



La Recolte

Lost Bayou Ramblers

Chubby Carrier & The Bayou Swamp Band

Mardi Gras Parade

Kevin Naquin & Ossun Playboys

Lisa Haley & The Zydekats




Arthur Adams

Chambers Brothers

Los Bayou Ramblers

Eddie Money

3 Sista Blues



Dennis G and the Zydeco Trail Riderz

Bo Dollis, Jr. & The Wild Magnolias

Lisa Haley & The Zydekats

Mardi Gras Parade

Chubby Carrier & The Bayou Swamp Band

Kevin Naquin & Ossun Playboys


Publicity contact: Social Media contact:

Wendy Brynford-Jones Brian Foyster

Hello Wendy Swarm Digital

wendy@hellowendy.com brian.foyster@gmail.com

(818)762-7063  (615)521-3123


Sunday May 20th StillWater Spirits & Sounds

Theo and The Zydeco Patrol

5pm to 8pm


24701 Del Prado Dana Point, CA 926

San Diego Event:

Our next BIG Cajun band is Kevin Naquin And The Ossun Playboys in Encinitas on Friday May 25th.. 

The band is in town on a west coast festival tour and we were fortunate enough to get them to play one night in Encinitas at the great little Elks dance hall.   It will be high energy Cajun tunes!!

Free gumbo will be served before the dance !!!!

Dance Time: 7pm…
Location: 1393 Windsor Rd, Cardiff, CA 92007

Kevin’s website…

BTSC mailing list




Contact: Karen Redding (562) 708-8946



Celebrate Memorial Day the Cajun Way! La Recolte Cajun Band plays The Coffee Gallery Backstage on May 26, 2018.

Rare west coast appearance by "Old School" traditional Cajun band

La Recolte Cajun Band Planting Seeds For A New Crop of Cajun Culture in California



LONG BEACH, Calif. - May 4, 2018


In their debut appearance at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, La Recolte Cajun Band returns to California in a rare west coast performance of traditional Cajun music with lyrics in French at 7 PM Saturday night, May 26, 2018. Admission is $25 per person. Call (626)798-6236 for reservations. La Recolte is bringing the state of Louisiana with them- the state of mind, body, heart and soul of Acadiana and the state of authentic, traditional Cajun music. The members of this Lafayette, Louisiana-based band represent the hardworking, down-to-earth nature of the people and Cajun culture of southwest Louisiana. "We want to bring our heritage, our own unique culture, our strong musical roots and the things we love to the west coast," says accordionist and unofficial band spokesperson Shane Bellard. “The basis for the band is to keep our heritage going."

La Recolte's humble beginnings in a garage in 2012 have been rewarded. In 2014 the band received the Cajun French Music Association award for "Best First CD" for Who’s Gonna Fill Their Shoes , with CFMA nominations the same year for Band of The Year and People’s Choice Award. La Recolte was honored to play at the 2016 Festivals Acadiens et Creole in Lafayette, Louisiana. As fiddle player Joel Breaux puts it, Festivals Acadiens is "the Carnegie Hall of Cajun music." To perform at Festivals Acadiens means they have "joined the ranks of the Balfa Brothers, DL Menard, Nathan Abshire, Canray Fontenot and all the other legendary musicians who pushed the music to make it popular around the world." With the release of their second CD, Le Deuxieme in 2016, La Recolte received CFMA nominations for Band of the Year, accordionist/vocalist Shane Bellard was nominated for Vocalist of the Year, and the bands’ original song La Recolte Two Step was nominated for Best Song.


As if playing Festivals Acadiens and getting coveted nominations from CFMA isn’t enough, La Recolte can be found playing at all the major festivals and popular dance halls in Louisiana, including Lafayettes’ Feed-n-Seed, the famed Liberty Theater, the venerable Blue Moon Saloon, and Breaux Bridge’s Crawfish Festival. They’ve been interviewed in French on Canadian radio, and have been awarded to be Louisiana Tourism Ambassadors while in California. “We’re road warriors,” says LaFleur, describing one particularly grueling road trip. “Nothing can stop us from carrying our music and culture around the world.”


Each band member is a native speaker of the Cajun French language-a language that was once vilified, but is now being proudly revived. With ancestors who landed in Louisiana after being forced out of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island during what’s known as The Great Expulsion-the forced removal of the Acadian people by the British-these three generations are representative of a uniquely American culture-the Cajun culture that evolved around the prairies and bayous of southwest Louisiana. “It’s a way of life,” states accordionist Bellard.


While their roots have much in common, their livelihoods reflect many different paths: Fiddle player and vocalist Joel Breaux is a successful architect, drummer Chris LaFleur has made a career in Human Resources, Shane Bellard is a Training Manager, LJ is now retired from his job as a heavy equipment operator for the state of Louisiana and Polo is looking forward to retirement from his job at the State Department of Transportation. Together the synergy between them is electrifying and nostalgic, evoking the joy and the sadness of simpler times.


Cajun music “is dance hall music,” says fiddler Joel Breaux. “This is what they play in the dance halls around Louisiana.” And dance hall music it is, as the dancers move clockwise around the dance floor in time to the lively two steps and waltzes in the rambling rooms with the well-worn wooden floors and rickety stages of the band stand. The importance of the dancers to the band can’t be underestimated. “The dancers are going to make or break the performance,” Shane adds. “The more energy they give, the more energy we have to put into the show.” He goes on to say, “it’s not about the number of people on the floor. You can have large crowds that aren’t interested or a small group that really enjoyed it. The energy changes even if it’s only a handful of people.”


Come join La Recolte in sharing their passion for Canjun French music. Be transported to the dance halls and honky tonks of southwest Louisiana in this warm, intimate, up-close-and-personal venue. Shout “et tois!” Give a loud “Eeee Haaaaw!” Tap your feet, clap your hands and hoot ‘n holler, as you won’t be able to stay in your seat. The band will be lookin’ for ya!


Seating is limited and this event will sell out early, so call (626) 798-6236 TODAY and make your reservations. The Coffee Gallery Backstage is located at 2029 North Lake Avenue, Altadena CA 91001. Call (626)798-6236 for reservations and information.



Karen Redding

(562) 708-8946




Website: www.larecolteband.com


Biography: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9_1NTLYNh50

Live at The Blue Moon, Lafayette, LA: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=luxbJtzTBHM




From Brad Sjoblom:

It has been fun but after 20 years of putting out a weekly newsletter I have decided to hand off my newsletter effort to others that have a more vested interest in promoting Cajun and Zydeco news and events. The newsletter will continue thru my 1000th newsletter. The http://zydecobrad.com site will stay up and you can use the links to find bands & event promoters. I will always love the culture, music, and dance.  See you on the dance floor!


You can find Cajun and Zydeco news, events, lessons, tours from the following sites:


Creole Cajun Social Club Joe Sands Fontenot http://www.cajuncreolesocialclub.com/

San Diego Gator by the Bay Festival https://www.gatorbythebay.com/

Simi Valley Cajun Blues Festival http://www.simicajun.org/

Long Beach Bayou Festival http://longbeachbayou.com/

Long Beach Crawfish Festival https://www.longbeachcrawfishfestival.com/index.php

San Diego’s Bon Temps Social Club http://www.icajunzydeco.com/

San Diego’s Bon Temps Social Club News email posts:Request to be added -  btsc@dances.com

Facebook: Request to join the Group Louisiana Zydeco/Cajun Bands on USA Tour

Golden Sails Dance Events email DavidSousa@verizon.net

Cajun & Blues Music Festival blog http://cajunbluesblog.com/

Folkworks Events Calendar https://folkworks.org/folk-happenings/folkworks-music-calendar

Cajun and Zydeco Dance Instruction in Los Angeles Area : Karen Redding http://zydecola.blogspot.com/


Long Beach Bayou Festival June 23 & 24th



Saturday & Sunday, June 23-24, 2018 

New Orleans Blues, Jazz, R&B, Soul, Zydeco and Cajun Music
Cajun & Creole Cuisine, Dance Instruction & Continuous Dancing, 
Mardi Gras Parade, Crawfish & Watermelon Eating Contests, 
Activities for Kids and Teens


   The Long Beach Bayou Festival will be in a new location this year!  Adjacent to the Queen Mary and facing the scenic downtown Long Beach Skyline, the Queen Mary Events Park is an ideal new home for the Bayou Festival with its Mardi Gras atmosphere and colorful French Quarter marketplace featuring Cajun & Creole cuisine and other delicacies, set to the sounds of New Orleans Blues, R&B, Jazz, Zydeco and Cajun music.  Here are the pertinent details:  (a full music lineup is below)


Long Beach Bayou Festival, June 23-24, 2018
Queen Mary Events Park, 1126 Queens Hwy, Long Beach, CA
Sat:  11 am -­ 9:00 pm, Sun:  11 am - 7:00 pm  
Ticket purchase and Info:  www.longbeachbayou.com(562) 912-4451  
Tickets: Adults: $30/day-advance, $35/day-gate;  
Seniors (60+): $25/advance, $35 at the gate, Children 12 & under: free

Active Duty, Retired and Reservists of the Military: free with current, valid Military ID


    Known for top-notch artists in Blues, Cajun and Zydeco and more, the festival features simultaneous stages of music and has plenty of activities for kids. As always the large shaded wooden dance floor will be filled all weekend long. The easy dance instruction for all ages is always a popular feature and includes group participation dances that everyone can enjoy.

    Popular festival traditions continue with a colorful costumed Mardi Gras parade led each day by the New Orleans Traditional Jazz Band, and a delectable French Quarter marketplace with gumbo, crawfish etouffee, jambalaya, hush puppies and other Cajun and Creole delights, plus coffees and desserts such as sweet potato pie, beignets and an array of cobblers. The popular crawfish and watermelon eating contests also return this year.
    Children of all ages appreciate the Kids Corner featuring storytelling, sing-a-longs, arts and crafts, magic, and costume and mask making for the Mardi Gras Parade. The Kids Corner also features kids shows
 and games and activities for older kids are also featured.




This year’s lineup on the CAJUN/ZYDECO STAGE: includes

Jeffery Broussard and the Creole Cowboys (Saturday, Sunday)

T-Broussard and the Zydeco Steppers (Saturday, Sunday) 

Jo Jo Reed (Saturday)

 Acadien Cajun Band (Saturday, Sunday)

New Orleans Traditional Brass Band (Saturday, Sunday)

Bonne Musique Zydeco (Sunday)

Crawdaddio (Saturday)




   South Side Slim (Saturday)
  Ray Goren (Sunday)
Shari Puorto Band (Saturday)

Sonny Green Blues Band (Sunday)

Corney Mims & The Knowitallz (Sunday)

McKee Brothers (Saturday)

The Oreo Divas (Saturday)

Marguaret Love & The Lovetts (Saturday)


The event is presented by Benoit Entertainment Group.  A portion of the profits will benefit LALA (Louisiana to Los Angeles), a non-profit organization which raises educational funds for local youth to attend college.

Long Beach Bayou 2017


Pine Leaf Boys Long Beach Bayou 2017 1



Pine Leaf Boys Long Beach Bayou 2017 2



Brian Jack & the Zydeco Gamblers at Long Beach Bayou 2017



T Broussard & the Zydeco Steppers 1 Long Beach Bayou 2017



T Broussard & the Zydeco Steppers 2 Long Beach Bayou 2017



Mark St Mary Long Beach Bayou 2017



Seville and Company  Long Beach Bayou 2017




Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Music Festival Here are a few videos:


1. Dwayne Dopsie and the Zydeco Hellraisers @ Simi Valley Cajun&Blues Festival 2017


2. The Cajun Trio: Michael Doucet, David Doucet & Mitch Reed with Doug Kershaw 2 @ Simi Valley Cajun&Blues Festival 2017


3. The Cajun Trio: Michael Doucet, David Doucet & Mitch Reed with Jo-El Sonnier 2 @ Simi Valley Cajun&Blues Festival 2017


4. The Cajun Trio: Michael Doucet, David Doucet & Mitch Reed with Jo-El Sonnier @ Simi Valley Cajun&Blues Festival 2017


5. The Cajun Trio: Michael Doucet, David Doucet & Mitch Reed with Doug Kershaw @ Simi Valley Cajun&Blues Festival 2017


2017 San Diego’s Zydeco, Blues & Crawfish Festival

Peter Oliver MC - Geno Delafose and the French Rockin' Boogie & Ben Rice Gator by the Bay 2017



Geno Delafose, Chubby Carrier, Steve Riley, & Ben Rice @ Gator by the Bay 2017 2



Geno Delafose, Chubby Carrier, Steve Riley, & Ben Rice @ Gator by the Bay 2017 1



Chubby Carrier Gator by the Bay 2017 2



Chubby Carrier Gator by the Bay 2017 1



Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys Gator by the Bay 2017 1



Steve Riley in the Mamou Playboys  Gator by the Bay 2017 2


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







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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