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

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Zydecobrad’s Southern Calif. Cajun & Zydeco 945th News  Joe Hall & The Canecutters Cajun Music at the Coffee Gallery Backstage in Altadena Friday


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/

Lisa Haley and the Zydekats


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

High Life Cajun Band


Here's Highlife Cajun Band's upcoming events:


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



Long Beach Bayou Festival June 24th & 25th



Saturday & Sunday, June 24-25, 2017


Cajun & Creole Cuisine, Dance Instruction & Continuous Dancing,
Mardi Gras Parade, Watermelon & Crawfish Eating Contests, Activities for Kids and Teens 


   The Long Beach Bayou Festival, a Zydeco, Blues Creole & Cajun festival is back with its Mardi Gras atmosphere, Cajun & Creole food delicacies and Blues, Cajun & Zydeco music at Rainbow Lagoon Park, 400 E Shoreline Drive, (at Linden Ave & Shoreline Drive), Long Beach, CA on Saturday, June 24th and Sunday, June 25, 2017.  Hours are 11:00 am - 9:00 pm on Saturday and 11:00 am - 7:00 pm on Sunday. Info and tickets: 562-912-4451, www.longbeachbayou.com

   Known for top-notch artists in Blues, Cajun and Zydeco, the festival features simultaneous stages of music along with 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, so even the most inexperienced dancers can join in on the fun.


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


Dennis G & the Zydeco Trail Riders

Grammy winners, The Pine Leaf Boys

Brian Jack & the Zydeco Gamblers

Mark St Mary Blues & Zydeco Band

T Broussard & the Zydeco Steppers

Bonne Musique Zydeco and more!




Bernie Pearl,

Whiteboy James

Jimbo Ross & the Bodacious Band

Café R&B

Seville and Company

Jumpin’ Jack Benny Band

Louie Cruz Beltran & more!

   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 showsand
games and activities for older kids are also featured.

Long Beach Bayou Festival, June 24-25, 2017
Rainbow Lagoon Park, (at Linden Ave & Shoreline Dr), 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: $25/day-advance, $30/day-gate;  
Seniors (60+) and Students (18+): $20/advance, $30 at the gate, Children 12 & under: free

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

   Rainbow Lagoon Park is located on the North side of Shoreline Drive, between Shoreline Village Drive and Linden Avenue.  Parking is available on the Marina Green Lot across from Rainbow Lagoon Park.  


   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.


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


High Life Cajun Band


Here's Highlife Cajun Band's upcoming events:


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/




28th Annual Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Music Festival



May 27th and May 28th


It’s that time again!



Even though the Festival started out in 1988 as a New England Clambake fundraiser for the Rotary Club of Simi Sunrise, it only took two years for the Cajun Creole music theme to be adopted and now the Annual Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Music Festival is nationally known as one of the largest festivals of its kind, west of the Mississippi.




Sixteen acts, plus guest artists, the very best Southern B-B-Q, Cajun-Creole cuisine, loads of tents with clothes, hats, jewelry, music, crafts -  anything your Cajun heart needs!  All the info is below, including which artist is playing which day. How could anyone miss having a groove of time at the 28th Annual Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Music Festival: Los Angeles area's largest roots festival?




We have jpegs, performance links and other info available and can hook you up with either Festival organizers, artists or both for feature coverage, so hit me up and let's do it!


Pull out your Zydeco Rubboard, reach out for a mojo hand and enjoy!!!



Los Angeles area’s largest Cajun, Zydeco, Blues and Roots music festival, featuring two stages, a Mardi Gras parade, crafts and dozens of
food booths, takes place Memorial Day weekend.

1.       SIMI VALLEY, Calif. — The 28th annual Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Music Festival will once again enliven Memorial Day weekend, Saturday and Sunday, May 27 and 28, at Rancho Santa Susanna Community Park, 5005 Los Angeles Ave., in Simi Valley. The event features a full stage for each of its musical genres. The spirited music will go non-stop each day from 12 noon until 7:30 p.m. (or 10:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m.). 

2.       Single Day tickets are $25 for adults (13 and over); $45 for a 2-day pass; children 12 and younger are free. New this year will be a limited number of SuperTicket passes. 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.” Tickets are available on the festival’s website: http://www.simicajun.org/. (Note: the only tickets available at the gate are single-day, $30)

3.       Headlining the blues stage this year will be the pioneering blues-rock band the Yardbirds, the Robby Krieger Band (celebrating 50 years of the Doors' music), Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels, Lazy Lester and the Big Bad Voodoo Daddy; as well as L.A.-based roots-rockers the 44’s, soulful SoCal songstress Alex Nester and festival returnees Kelly’s Lot. Another festival favorite, Dwayne Dopsie & the Zydeco Hellraisers, returns for the fourth straight year and will be performing at both stages. 

4.       On the Stephen D. Smith Memorial Cajun and Zydeco stage will be the “original ragin’ Cajun” fiddler Doug Kershaw; Grammy-winning accordionist Jo-El Sonnier and the Cajun Trio featuring Michael Doucet, David Doucet and Mitch Reed. Performing on this stage too are Crawdaddio and the Bayou Brothers, who also will back Lazy Lester on the blues stage, while Big Chief Monk Boudreaux & the Golden Eagles will play on both the Cajun/Zydeco and Blues stages. 

5.       The annual Mardi Gras Parade will take place both days, and everyone is invited to join in with the marching bands, stilt walkers and other costumed characters. Also, during the breaks at the Cajun/Zydeco stage, dance instructor AJ Gibbs will lead the crowd in free dance lessons.

6.       About the headliners:

7.       The YardbirdsIn the mid-’60s, the Yardbirds revolutionized music as they pushed British blues rock into psychedelia and heavy metal. Godhead guitarists Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page all spent time in the band, playing alongside core members Jim McCarty (drums), Chris Dreja (rhythm guitar/bass) and the late Keith Relf (vocals/harmonica). McCarty recently assembled a new touring line-up that includes guitarist Johnny A (Peter Wolf), bassist Kenny Aaronson (Joan Jett, Hall & Oates), veteran harpist Myke Scavone and vocalist/guitarist John Idan, who has been a Yardbird since the Nineties. The group performs at the festival on Saturday, May 27.

8.       The Robby Krieger Band: Regularly cited as one of rock’s all-time top guitarists, Krieger shot to fame in the Doors. The Los Angeles native wrote or co-wrote some of the band’s signature tunes, like “Light My Fire,” “Love Me Two Times,” “Touch Me” and “Love Her Madly.” The Robby Krieger Band will celebrate 50 years of the Doors’ music when then make their Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Music Festival debut on May 27.

9.       Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels: If you have ever heard Bruce Springsteen perform his “Detroit Medley,” you know Mitch Ryder’s impact on rock history. The medley’s main songs — “Devil With a Blue Dress,” “Jenny Take a Ride,” “Good Golly Miss Molly” and “C.C. Rider” — are all tunes Ryder popularized while fronting the Detroit Wheels in the mid-’60s. The powerhouse vocalist has remained a popular performer, especially in Europe. This year finds Ryder readying a new album and working on a stage musical based on his novel Hide Your Love Away. Experience Ryder’s dynamic rock & soul sound on the blues stage Sunday.

10.    Big Bad Voodoo Daddy: For nearly a quarter century, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy has been combining the old with the new. Folks can’t help but to dance to the band’s exhilarating blend of jazz, swing and Dixieland with rock ’n’ roll energy. Formed in Ventura, California, the band has recorded 10 albums and played over 2700 live shows, including playing for three U.S. presidents. Rather remarkably, the group remains composed of its core members: Scotty Morris (lead vocals and guitar), Kurt Sodergren (drums), Dirk Shumaker (bass), Andy Rowley (baritone saxophone), Glen "The Kid" Marhevka (trumpet), Karl Hunter (saxophones and clarinet) and Joshua Levy (piano). They’ll make their second Cajun & Blues Festival appearance when they hit the blues stage on Sunday.

11.    Doug Kershaw: Known as the “original ragin’ Cajun,” Kershaw found crossover success during the late ’60s when his fierce fiddle playing and hippie-style appearance won favor with young rock audiences. His career started in the mid-’50s when he teamed with his brother Rusty to become a popular country duo, scoring hits with “Diggy Diggy Lo” and the autobiographical “Louisiana Man.” Kershaw, who was inducted in the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame in 2009, will perform on the Cajun/Zydeco stage on May 27.

12.    Lazy Lester: The story goes that, in the mid-’50s, Lazy Lester met Lightin’ Slim by chance on a bus. Slim needed a harmonica player for a recording and Lester could play the harp. He wound up playing on many of Slim’s Excello albums before making his own Excello debut in 1957. The Blues Hall of Famer’s best known tunes include “I’m a Lover Not a Fighter,” “I Hear You Knockin’,” and “I’m Gonna Leave You Baby.” After taking a hiatus, Lester returned to music in the late ’80s and he has made several albums since. Now in his 80s, Lester still blows a mean, swamp-bluesy harp. He’ll take the blues stage on May 27, backed by the Bayou Brothers. 

13.    Jo-El Sonnier: Hailed as the “King of Cajun Music” for the past 25 years, Sonnier is a wizard of the accordion. The much-in-demand musician has recorded with such stars as Johnny Cash, Alan Jackson, Robert Cray, Neil Diamond, Mark Knopfler, Elvis Costello, Merle Haggard and Dolly Parton. A multi-Grammy nominee himself, Sonnier won a Grammy for Best Regional Roots Music Album in 2015. He returns to Simi Valley for the second time, performing on the Cajun stage Saturday and Sunday. 

14.    The Cajun Trio: Michael Doucet, David Doucet & Mitch Reed: These three musicians were all founding members of BeauSoliel, the internationally renowned, multi-Grammy winning group that Garrison Keillor hailed as the "best Cajun band in the world." This trio, with Michael Doucet on fiddle, his brother David on guitar and Mitch Reed on various string instruments, showcases its virtuosity by slipping effortlessly among musical genres. They will play, along with a special surprise guest, both days of the festival.

15.    Big Chief Monk Boudreaux & the Golden Eagles: A true ambassador of New Orleans, Joseph Pierre “Big Chief Monk” Boudreaux is the leader of the Golden Eagles, a New Orleans Mardi Gras Indian tribe. They are known for their elaborate attire, which includes handmade suits adorned with brightly colored feathers, intricate beadwork, rhinestones and ruffles, as well as their music, which combines folk traditions with funk and R&B. Boudreaux, a 2016 recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts Award, brings his Golden Eagles to the Cajun/Zydeco stage on Saturday and the blues stage on Sunday. 

16.    Dwayne Dopsie and the Zydeco HellraisersA Cajun & Blues Festival favorite, Dwayne “Dopsie” Rubin returns to Simi Valley for the fourth straight year. He also will be hard to miss since he will be performing on both the blues and Cajun/Zydeco stages on Saturday and back on the Cajun/Zydeco stage on Sunday. The son of Zydeco legend Rockin’ Dopsie Sr., Dwayne has carved out his own successful career. His highly energetic Zydeco style has earned him a Grammy nomination and the title of “America’s Hottest Accordion” player. 

17.    The blues stage once again was booked by Martin Fleischmann and his company, Rum & Humble. For more than 20 years Rum & Humble has played a key role in presenting some of the world’s great musical talent (Radiohead, King Sunny Ade, and the Rolling Stones, to name a few) to Los Angeles audiences, in venues like the Hollywood Bowl, the Orpheum Theatre and the Santa Monica Pier. They also have been a pioneer promoters in the field of Latin alternative music; Fleischmann is one of the co-founders of L.A.’s Congo Room. Additionally, Rum & Humble has collaborated closely with artists such as Jackson Browne and Paul Oakenfold as well as with a varied roster of corporate and non-profit clients, such as KJAZZ Radio and the National Geographic Society.

18.    The Cajun & Blues Festival has received national press accolades: “Everywhere you turned, there was something exciting happening,” wrote Blue Revue editor Art Tipaldi, who travelled to L.A. from New England. After attending last year’s concert, Jazz Weekly’s George W. Harris proclaimed: “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 … can’t wait until next year.”

19.    Besides the great music, festival-goers can enjoy great food too. Southern BBQ and authentic Cajun-Creole cuisine, such as jambalaya and crawfish, are available at dozens of food booths, which will also feature a variety of other dining options. There will be rows of craft booths and retailers to check out as well. 

20.    To get to the Rancho Santa Susanna Community Park, take California Hwy. 118 (Ronald Reagan Freeway) north from L.A. Exit at Stearns Street and go a couple blocks south. Ample free parking is available, with the main lot at the Simi Valley High School; a free shuttle takes to you to the park. This year, the festival has added thousands of square feet of additional tenting for shade at no additional charge. Low back chairs are recommended; however, pop-ups will no longer be allowed in the festival grounds.

21.    100% of the festival’s profits are donated 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/>.  

22.    The Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Music Festival is a presentation of the Rotary Club of Simi Sunrise.


23.    Schedule — subject to change:


24.    SATURDAY MAY 27th


26.    Kelly’s Lot

27.    Lazy Lester

28.    The Yardbirds

29.    The Robby Krieger Band

30.    Dwayne Dopsie and the Zydeco Hellraisers


32.    Dwayne Dopsie and the Zydeco Hellraisers

33.    Cajun Trio featuring Michael Doucet, David Doucet and Mitch Reed 

34.    Mardi Gras Parade

35.    Jo-El Sonnier

36.    Doug Kershaw  

37.    SUNDAY MAY 28th


39.    Alex Nester

40.    The 44’s

41.    Mitch Ryder

42.    Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

43.    Big Chief Monk Boudreaux & the Golden Eagles


45.    Bayou Brothers

46.    Crawdaddio

47.    Dwayne Dopsie and the Zydeco Hellraisers

48.    Mardi Gras Parade

49.    Cajun Trio featuring Michael Doucet, David Doucet and Mitch Reed 

50.    Jo-El Sonnier  

51.    ###

For more information about the Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Music Festival,  please contact Conqueroo: 
Cary Baker • (323) 656-1600 • cary@conqueroo.com
Julie Arkenstone • (818) 703-5034 • julie@conqueroo.com

Long Beach Bayou Festival June 24th & 25th





The New Orleans “Traditional” Jazz Band has been featured at Disneyland and is available for all occasions such as weddings, funerals, parties, parades or corporate events in the greater Los Angeles area.

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Louisiana’s finest, four-time Grammy-Nominated, world-renown Pine Leaf Boys have made a name for presenting their own inimitable brand of Louisiana music with youthful exuberance.

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Dennis Gurwell is a product of the Bakersfield, CA area. He has been playing in various types of bands since the mid-60’s.

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Brian Jack was born August 10, 1979 to Eugene and Geneva Jack. At an early age, he discovered his love for music. While watching his uncle’s Zydeco band, he realized that was the style of music he wanted to play.

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Bonne Musique Zydeco (BMZ), literally “good zydeco music,” is a 6-member band specializing in the Creole music of Louisiana and east Texas.

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New Orleans Stage



James Page, the youngest of five from Compton CA, has been known as “Whiteboy” since he took his first steps.

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CAFÉ R&B, featuring Vocalist Roach, and her guitar-slinging husband Byl Carruthers, have been wowing audiences throughout the U.S. and Europe for 15 years.

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Jimbo Ross is the real deal, and his new CD “Steady Rollin’ Man” shows why this highly respected and seasoned session player has stepped to the forefront.

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Music critics and aficionados have said for years, Bernie is a craftsman who packs his songs with melodic interpretations that are new and personal each time he picks up one of his vintage guitars.

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With his dynamic blend of Afro Cuban rhythms, jazz, Latin jazz, pop, R&B and originals, famed conguero, bandleader, composer and vocalist Louie Cruz Beltran has shared the stage with legends Natalie Cole, Gladys Knight, Stevie Wonder and Smokey Robinson, among many more.

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Seville’s Proskool Gumbo Take two cups of Soul, one cup of Oldies, a half of cup of Blues, sift in some Jazz, add a tablespoon of Pop, a teaspoon of Rock, marinate it in some Originality, season it with some Funk and stir it together.

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Ozzie Benoit
Benoit Entertainment Group, LLC
3505 Long Beach Blvd., Suite 2G
Long Beach, CA 90807

(562) 912-4451 Phone
(562) 912-4453 Fax


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Future San Diego Events

From Greg B:


Tio Leo's - Two Pre Gator-Line Dance Workshops
Saturday 04/29/2017 and 05/06/2017
10:00am-12 noon
Lori the Queen of Zydeco line dancing is hosting/teaching...
No cover at the door. (donations accepted for the dance lessons)
Routines are taught by L.K. (Lori) the Queen of Zydeco line dancing along with the “L” Train line dancers. 
All levels are welcomed! 
Featured routine: “Move it On Up” Choreographed by L.K. (Lori) Song: Move it on Up-Chubby Carrier-One of the headliners at Gator by the Bay. 
Tio Leo’s, 5302 Napa St., San Diego, CA 92110
(Please support the establishment)
CHECK OUT THE CHAMPAGNE BRUNCH!!! See Website for details. 
Instructor Contact info: Lori

From Ric L:


Just a little reminder of the Gator by the Bay Pre-Party on Wednesday, May 3rd, also at Tio Leo's.  Lots of bands for very little money! ($10).  6:30-11 pm.  Lesson 6:30-7 followed by SEVEN great bands:


Benji & The Honey Cats • Theo and Zydeco Patrol • West Coast Iron Works • Chris Fast Band • Bayou Brothers • Three Chord Justice • Lady Star

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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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From Dick Brainard

Most of you let me know you want to stay on my zydeco email listings.

However, I did not hear from some of you. If those who did not respond want to remain on my list let me know asap or I will drop you.


Late news is that Miller’s Zydeco Hall of Fame (old Richard’s Club) in Lawtell burned to the ground last week.

It was a fire trap waiting for someone’s cigarette to do the job. Blessing no one was inside as the windows were nailed shut.



Cajun & Zydeco Lineup plus house dance July 3rd


Friday, June 30-FP Stage

8:10-8:30: Lesson w/ Ali & Adam Grimshaw

8:30-9:30: The Revelers


Saturday, July 1-FP Stage

11:30-Noon: Lesson w/ Janine & Roland Jemerson

Noon-1:00: The Revelers

1:20-2:30: TooLoose

2:50-3:50: Jeffery Broussard & the Creole Cowboys

4:10-5:10: The Pine Leaf Boys

5:30-6:40: Donna Angelle & the Zydeco Posse

7:00-8:10: The Revelers

8:30-9:30: Jeffery Broussard & the Creole Cowboys

9:50-11:00: Chubby Carrier & the Bayou Swamp Band—50th. birthday jam w/ guest appearances by Jeffery Broussard, Wilson Savoy, Sonny Landreth, etc.


Sunday, July 2-FP Stage

11:30-Noon: Lesson w/ Ali & Adam Grimshaw

Noon-1:00: Chubby Carrier & the Bayou Swamp Band

1:00-1:20: Curtis Family Children Cajun Performance

1:20-2:20: Cedryl Ballou & the Zydeco Trendsetters

2:40-3:40: The Pine Leaf Boys

4:00-5:10: Donna Angelle & the Zydeco Posse

5:30-6:40: Jeffery Broussard & the Creole Cowboys

7:00-8:00: Cedryl Ballou & the Zydeco Trendsetters

8:20-9:30: Chubby Carrier & the Bayou Swamp Band

9:50-11:00: The Pine Leaf Boys—jam w/ guest appearances


Monday, July 3-House Dance & Potluck

TBA w/ Jeffery Broussard & the Creole Cowboys—stay tuned.


*Festivals Acadiens Ramada Inn Rate

Our rate will again be $65 + tax/night. This rate will apply from Wed., Oct. 11 through Mon., Oct. 16. If you plan to arrive earlier or stay later, I am sure the hotel will honor the same rate.

The hotel is holding 50 rooms for our group, & may have additional rooms available if you are tardy in making your reservation.

Our booking code is “Festivals Acadiens Zydeco Group Rate.” The hotel front desk phone number is 337-233-6815.

If any issue when you call to book, ask to be transferred to Carla. You can also reach Carla’s office direct at 337-408-2809. If you continue to have problems booking, contact me at dickbrainard@gmail.com.

*Week between Christmas & New Year’s

I have already booked bands & venues for this week. The lineup is great.

  *Chubby Carrier at Feed & Seed, Dec. 27

  *Roy Carrier Tribute w/ Dikki Du, Corey Ledet & Jeffery Broussard, at Feed & Seed, Dec. 28

  * Horace Trahan at LaPouissere, Dec. 29

*Curley Taylor at Buck & Johnny’s Saturday Zydeco Breakfast, Dec. 30

  *The Pine Leaf Boys at LaPouissere, Dec. 30

  *Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys at a brand new venue, New Year’s Eve

The Ramada Inn rate will be the same. The reservation code will be New Year’s Zydeco Group Rate

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



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!!


Simi Valley Cajun Music & Blues Festival Blog


Crawdaddio to Perform at the Cajun & Blues Music Festival

By Simi Valley Cajun Music & Blues Festival Blogging Team on Apr 20, 2017 09:00 am

Crawdaddio is the perfect band that brings the good spirit of the bayou to life with their driving zydeco beat. Every night is Mardi Gras when Crawdaddio hits your town! This band brings the spirit of the bayou and drive their zydeco beat at festivals, clubs, and corporate events everywhere. For the past four years,
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By Simi Valley Cajun Music & Blues Festival Blogging Team on Apr 18, 2017 09:00 am

This special Cajun Trio is comprised of Cajun fiddler Michael Doucet, his younger brother Guitarist David Doucet, and multi-string instrument player Mitch Reed. And they are bringing a special surprise guest! Between the three of them, they have multiple Grammy awards and their music styles range from traditional Louisiana Cajun to New Orleans Jazz, Blues
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Get to Know the Bayou Brothers
Who Is Big Bad Voodoo Daddy?
Performer Bio: Doug Kershaw
Performer Bio: Jo-El Sonnier



From Dana D

Hi folks.this Friday We are having the Beatles Tribute Band, the Sunkings..they are one of the best bands I've heard in a long time,as good as many of the Zydeco/Cajun bands at the Hall....They packed the house last time they played over two years ago so many people have asked...so we hope you show up..Show is at 8..Advanced tickets are at brownpapertickets.com/event/2910342. that will be $15 dollars..it's $20 at the door..YOu can also call me at 415 792 8855 and let me know..we don’t' do this much, but this is a special show..Doors around 7ish, show is at 8..We like to see you there..


Our next Zydeco show will be a special Sunday show w/Joe Cane and the La. Cane Cutters..First time out in California, and we hope you show and help spread the word..It will be a potluck as well, and will go on at 5:30..And If enough people show a dance lesson..Many people have asked about different bands, about having more diverse and newer bands, well, Joe is one..We had Bruce Dairgrepont, and we will also have Rusty Metoyer with his band on Friday July 7..We have the Pine Leaf Boys on that Sunday July 9, a rare two show weekend at the Eagles..Then Andre will be playing the following Sunday and Feufollet will be coming back to play the following Sunday after that, after a good 5 year absense..It doesn't sound bad to me and I hope not to you as well..Spread the word, and we'll see you there..Oh and I forgot that Curley Taylor is coming back in June on the 9th, a Friday..


So that is 5 out-of-town bands coming I the next two months, and counting that we had Bruce and Curley already, that is 7 out-of-town bands that have or are going to play the Hall..If that is not enough to please people who say they want "diversity, different, better, etc. bands", then I honestly don’t' know what people want..That is also not including Andre who is I think the best around here, and accordion player in the scene, and also not to mention Motordude Zydeco, the Flames, Jim Scotts' band Iko Ya-Yas ,the All-Star Band Lineups which are great..Many scenes would kill to have bands like this around, and we are again blessed to have them here at a place that actually likes dancers..

So thanks..if you know anybody who is not on this list, tell them they should as the regular Friday Nights every Friday are not going to be happening for a while..


And lastly right now for the workshop I'm planning on doing w/Lisa, the June 4th is the date we're planning..I'll let you know more about the date..I'm still working on the summer schedule..



 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





Austin, Texas

Sam’s Townpoint


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


Spring, TX

TWFG Muddy Trails Bash


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


Houston, Texas

The Big Easy


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


Houstson, Texas

4212 Cafe


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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, Texas

The Creole Corner


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


Opelousas, Louisiana

Winner’s Lounge


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Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 404 S. Academy St.. Venue phone: 5045586100. Special Double Bill with Koray Broussard!


Houston, Texas



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


Breaux Bridge, LA

Buck and Johnny’s


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Time: 7:30am. Admission: $5. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 100 Berard St.. Zydeco Breakfast!


Carencro, LA



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


Houston, Texas

Red Rooster


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Time: 7:00pm. Admission: $10. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 13334 Almeda Rd.


Lafayette, Louisiana

Feed and Seed


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Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 106 N Grant St. Special Double Bill with Terry and the Bad Boys!



Private Party


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Age restrictions: No Minors.


Half Moon Bay, CA

Dream Machine Festival


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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.



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:


Wednesday | New Classes Continue

Okay to jump in this 2nd week with Nancy & Sean teaching Intermediate Zydeco (pivots and other dramatic moves), Intermediate Swing (fresh moves & combos, prereq. Swing 2 at least once), and Beginning Swing. See more info at GatorBoyProductions.com and registration and full class descriptions at nwdance.net

Friday | Ken Pickard & the Zydeco Sound

Gator Boy’s Juke Joint features live music this month! It's true, Ken Pickard & the Zydeco Sound will debut at Friday’s dance at Eagles Aerie No.1. I’m really excited about the possibilities for this group, with the young Salonen brother, David & Danny (Dave Lang’s grandsons) having grown up playing Louisiana music, Kevin Kilmartin a long-time zydeco veteran (Zydeco Locals, Swamp Soul), and Ken Pickard (mentored by Jude Taylor, Curley’s dad) rocking crowds from one end of the Puget Sound to the other.


Friday, April 21 | Gator Boy’s Juke Joint

Ken Pickard & the Zydeco Sound

7:15pm Zydeco Intro Lesson with MaryLee Lykes

8-11pm Dance

plus break music curated by the Gator Boy

Click to RSVP and help spread the good word at the FB event page

Upcoming with the Gator Boy | Dance for a Healthy Brain*


April 29-30 Seattle Waltz Weekend

Richard Powers & Angela Amarillas return for another extraordinary weekend

Workshops Saturday & Sunday, dance Saturday night

Dance warmups 9:30am each day with the Gator Boy

Follows on a wait list for this, looking for leads! info & registration here


Details GatorBoyProductions.com


Mark Your Calendar…

Event details at GatorBoyProductions.com


Apr.21 | Gator Boy’s Juke Joint with Ken Pickard & the Zydeco Sound

First time ever live music at the 3rd Friday Dance

Come check out the band’s debut!

RSVP at FB event page


Apr.29-30 | Seattle Waltz Weekend with Richard & Angela

nwdance.net for info


May.19 | Gator Boy’s Juke Joint

Gator Boy’s & Taurus Birthday Bash: 55 and comin' alive!

Can’t wait to party on down with y'all...


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


Jun.30 | Donna Angelle & the Zydeco Posse

Live from Louisiana at the Highway 99 Blues Club


Jun.30-Jul.4 | Waterfront Blues Festival (Portland, OR)

Louisiana Cajun/Zydeco music & dancing all weekend long


Jul.21-23 | Winthrop Rhythm & Blues Festival

feat. Delbert McClinton, Chubby Carrier and more


Event details at GatorBoyProductions.com


* This is your brain on dance Read article here


In Other News…


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


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


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



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


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.

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 8-11, 2017 --- Blast From The Bayou Cajun-Zydeco Festival (Preston, CT)

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


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

Website: http://www.crawfishfest.com

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

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

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

Website: http://www.longbeachbayou.com

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

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

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

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

July 9-14, 2017 --- Cajun-Creole Week at Augusta Heritage Center (West Virginia)

"It's a great way to get out of the heat and head for some of the most scenic mountains in the East. Over the years a lot of Floridians have attended." Music and cooking workshops and dancing. See American Heritage Center YouTube Channel.  https://augustaheritagecenter.org/augusta-schedule/cajuncreole/

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Website is www.WineCountryCajun.com

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

Festivals Acadiens et Creoles in Lafayette, LA. Celebrate the rhythm of Cajun and Creole life at Festivals Acadiens et Créoles Dance to a traditional waltz. Two-step to the upbeat rhythms of accordions, fiddles and ti fers (triangles). Step back in time as traditional crafters demonstrate their artistry. Festivals Acadiens et Créoles pays tribute to the Cajun and Creole cultures with a combination of FREE festivals. Held the second weekend in October! http://www.festivalsacadiens.com

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

South Louisiana Blackpot Festival and Cookoff in Acadian Village, Lafayette, LA. The South Louisiana Black Pot Festival & Cookoff is one of the most unique festivals in Louisiana. Held annually at Lafayette’s Acadian Village, the festival celebrates its 5th year this October with two days of great music, dancing, food, camping & jamming. The festival is a cooperative of south Louisiana musicians, artists and southern culture enthusiasts, creating an unprecedented gathering of south Louisiana’s hottest roots bands, as well as a number of groups from all over the country. Live performances range from Cajun & Zydeco, to Creole, Swing, Hot Jazz, Blues, Bluegrass, Americana, Irish & Old-Time. Plus, an old-fashioned black pot cook-off, accordion contest, called square dancing, and ample camping space for tents & RV’s.  Confirm the dates at http://blackpotfestival.com

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

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


Houston/Texas Cajun-Zydeco Events


Florida Cajun and Zydeco Events

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


These unique listings are compiled by Jim Hance directly from prominent band and festival websites. Changes in lineups and times are common. Refer to both the event websites and websites of your favorite artists appearing at the festivals prior to making your travel plans.


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


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




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




La Recolte Cajun Music @ Long Beach Bayou 2016 3




La Recolte Cajun Music @ Long Beach Bayou 2016 2




La Recolte Cajun Music @ Long Beach Bayou 2016 1




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




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




Bonne Musique Zydeco at The Long Beach Bayou 2016 1




Bonne Musique Zydeco at The Long Beach Bayou 2016 2



2016 Simi Valley Cajun and Blues Festival Videos


Jo-El Sonnier Simi Valley Cajun Biues Festival 2016 1




Jo-El Sonnier Simi Valley Cajun Biues Festival 2016 2                      



Jo-El Sonnier Simi Valley Cajun Biues Festival 2016 3



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



Chubby Carrier at Simi Valley Cajun and Blues Festival 2016 1




Chubby Carrier at Simi Valley Cajun and Blues Festival 2016 2




Chubby Carrier at Simi Valley Cajun and Blues Festival 2016 3



Dwayne Dopsie at Simi Valley Cajun and Blues Festival 2016 1




Dwayne Dopsie at Simi Valley Cajun and Blues Festival 2016 2



Zydeco meets Lindy at the Simi Valley Cajun Blues festival 2016

Great dancing Robert Vangor  with your beautiful dance partner.





Leon Russel at the Simi Valley Cajun and Blues Festival 2016



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




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



Bonnie Musique Zydeco at Simi Valley Cajun and Blues Festival 1




Bonne Musique Zydeco at Simi Valley Cajun and Blues Festival 2



Barbara Morrison Simi Valley Cajun and Blues Festival 2016




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


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


Gator by the Bay 2016 Erin Brandt & AJ Gibbs


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



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


San Diego Gator by the Bay 2016 Bonsoir Catin


San Diego Gator by the Bay 2016 Bonsoir Catin Workshop 1


Gator by the Bay 2016 Cajun Zydeco Zydecobrad Curley Taylor 2




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








From Greg Benusa



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

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

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

window on the web page.




Hey Brad....

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

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

clip teaching the Zydeco Cha Cha line dance.





Greg Benusa New Zydeco & Cajun Dance Instruction DVD

Hey Brad,

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

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

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


- Greg

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

is Workshop #1 - Louisiana Dance Home School

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

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

well as covers a few intermediate moves as well.

It covers alternative teaching styles that are used across the

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

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

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

the word to new dancers who you think maybe interested.

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

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

Records in the near future.

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


Violin Instructors Dr. Jim Sitterly and Grammy Nominated Lisa Haley

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

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

You may access the Southern California Cajun Zydeco Web Page at


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

Thank You,

Brad Sjoblom

Live Life to the Fullest / One Day At a Time