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 * Jeffrey Broussard This Sunday@Golden Sails LB


Happy Mardi Gras!


At the Golden Sails this Sunday, February 26
Special Event   ...   Mardi Gras Dance
Featuring - from Louisiana -
Jeffrey Broussard & the Creole Cowboys





The son of esteemed accordionist Delton Broussard, Jeffery began his musical career playing drums in his father’s legendary band, the Lawtell Playboys. He then went on to teach himself the accordion, then the fiddle, and to form his own band, The Creole Cowboys.

The band delivers great renditions of Louisiana classics, as well as their own brand of contemporary Zydeco, presented with flair and expertise.

  "My goal is to make it in the music world and to keep our tradition going, to continue making people all over the world happy."     Jeffrey Broussard

Click here for video,"It's So Hard to Stop"
Jeffrey Broussard "Eunice Two Step":



Don't miss it!
Join us and celebrate "Fat Tuesday" this Sunday.
Listen and dance to some incredible music and enjoy what will surely be an
outstanding performance.  

Sunday February 26, 2017   ...  4:30 to 7:30 pm
Admission: $15 at the door



Golden Sails Hotel - PCH Club   / 6285 East Pacific Coast Hwy -Long Beach, CA 90803

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

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

Kids welcome! Families, singles welcome!

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



"Dennis G & The Zydeco Trail Riderz will be playing at the Tropicana Express Caboose Lounge, 2121 S Casino Drive, Laughlin, NV 88029, on Saturday and Sunday, February 25 & February 26, from 12 noon to 4 pm each day.  Please drop by and join us if you happen to be in the area that weekend."


on Fat Tuesday, February 28

Mardi Gras Celebration at St. Bernadette
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm (doors open at 4:00.)



... Food, dancing and live entertainment by
Bennie & the Swamp Gators with David Sousa


St. Bernadette Catholic Church

3825 Don Felipe Drive - Los Angeles 90008

Admission: $45, includes Dinner

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




Coming up next month ...  on Sunday, March 12 

(at the Golden Sails)


Dennis G and the Zydeco Trailriders

These musicians have been active in the SoCal Louisiana-based music scene for many years, having played with Lisa Haley and the Zydekats, T-Lou & His L.A. Zydeco Band, Bonne Musique Zydeco, Bennie & the Swamp Gators, and David Sousa & the Zydeco Mud Bugs. 


Dennis Gurwell




From Dick Brainard * Latest Mardi Gras Events in Lafayette, LA

Thursday, February 23

*Randol’s, Lafayette: Donny Broussard Cajun band: 6:30-9:30.

*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 begins 7:00 PM.

*Randol’s, Lafayette: Jambalaya Cajun Band: 6:30-9:30.

*Delta Grand Theater, Opelousas: Geno Delafose: 7:00 PM.

*Artmosphere: The Pine Leaf Boys: 9:30 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 & Zydeco Trendsetters: 8:30 AM.

*Gerry Spanger’s Mardi Gras Party, 321 Baldwin St., Breaux Bridge: Noon-4:00.

     Geno Delafose & French Rockin’ Boogie.

     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: 8:00 PM.

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

*Artmosphere, Lafayette: The Revelers: about 9:30 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 PM.

*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: 4:00 PM

*Randol’s, Lafayette: Corey Arceneaux or The Has Beans: 6:30-9:30.

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

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


Monday, February 27

*Randol’s, Lafayette: Hubert Maitre Cajun Band; 6:30-9:30.

*Mamou Street Dance: Geno Delafose: TBA.

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

*Whirlybird northwest of Sunset on Hwy. 182 (Napoleon Ave): The Revelers: 8:00 + PM.

      BYOB: Food available for purchase.

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

*Blue Moon, Lafayette: Roddie Romero & The Hub City All Stars: 9:30.


Tuesday, February 28

*Downtown Iota raised platform dance: Leroy Thomas & Zydeco Roadrunners: Noon

*Downtown Iota Mardi Gras: The Revelers: about 3:00 PM.

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

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

*Ruby’s Dance Hall, Eunice: Geno Delafose & Fench Rockin’ Boogie: 6:00 PM.

*Randol’s, Lafayette: Cajun Ramblers: 6:30-9:30 PM.

*Grant Street Dancehall, Lafayette: Wayne Singleton & Same Ol’ 2-Step: 8:00 PM.

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



SATURDAY MAY 27th – 2017

(Schedule subject to change)



National Anthem


Kelly’s Lot


Lazy Lester


The Yardbirds


Robby Krieger


Dwayne Dopsie


National Anthem


Dwayne Dopsie


Big Chief Monk Boudreaux and the Golden Eagles


Cajun trio Doucet, Doucet & Reed


Mardi Gras Parade


jo-El Sonnier


Doug Kershaw


Sunday  MAY 28th

(Schedule subject to change)




National Anthem


Alex Nester


The 44’s


Mitch Ryder


Big Bad Voodoo Daddy


Big Chief Monk Boudreaux and the Golden Eagles


National Anthem


Bayou Bros




Dwayne Dopsie


Mardi Gras Parade


Cajun trio Doucet, Doucet & Reed


jo-El Sonnier

Robby Krieger Band Celebrating 50 Years of The Doors Music

The Yardbirds

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

Mitch Ryder

Big Chief Monk Boudreaux & the Golden Eagles

The 44s

Lazy Lester

Dwayne Dopsie and the Zydeco Hellraisers

Kelly’s Lot

Alex Nester

Jo-El Sonnier

Doug Kershaw

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


The Bayou Brothers

Future San Diego Events

From Jan M:


25 years of passin' a good time through Louisiana music and culture. Now that's something to celebrate for our Bon Temps Social Club! Your board has arranged for a very special anniversary band, New Orleans' legendary Tipitina's Club favorite Bruce Daigrepont (also a Gator by the Bay standout in 2013). Now we need a few folks who'll contribute the creativity and effort to add some other special touches to make the night even more special. Food? Special snacks? decorations? Souvenir? A program? Some nostalgia? Awards? Your ideas? If you'd like to be part of creating our 25th anniversary dance, please contact the Board of Directors liaison, (me)  jemaxted@yahoo.com  in the next three days. We've only got TWO weeks to get our mojo workin' on this.


Thank you for your support!

Jan & the Board


And don't forget The Zydeco Mass is this coming Tuesday at St. Paul's Cathedral in Banker's Hill followed by CHOICES!  Theo & the Zydeco Patrol will be at Tio Leos and the San Diego Cajun Playboys will be rockin" the House of Blues!




From Theo B:


Join us at Coronado Cays Yacht Club for Mardi Gras "Fat Saturday" @ 5:30 pm

Location is 30 Caribe Cay Blvd N, Coronado, CA 92118.

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!




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

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

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

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

Lisa Haley "Chicken Fiddler" Video – Over 676,000 Youtube hits – and counting! B’gawk!!
- and continuing on Nickelodeon’s “React To That!” http://www.nick.com/videos/clip/react-to-that-109-clip.html

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

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




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


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



85 E. Holly St, Pasadena, CA 91103



4200 Olivas Park Dr, Ventura, CA 92002

“Treasure your long-time friends:
Those who look at you and see the person you think you still are!”
HUGE BUNCH of 2017 & 2018 Shows In the Works - Everywhere!

Club Zydecosis "Fest Quest Team!"

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

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

2.  Our office "officially" contacts the promoter.

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

4.  You send them a short email or phone message:
"We would love to see Lisa Haley & the Zydekats! Their new 9th album is "Sky Hook," with a whole new show!"

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

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

Retro Treat from the “Lisa Haley Secret Archives!”

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

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

Here are the links:

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

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

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

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

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

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


From Dana D

Hi everyone, hope this finds you in good spirits..Wanted to thank the people who came out last Friday on a stormy night to hear the Flames..it was a small but lively crowd..so thanks..the Flames will be back for one more show in April..We hope to see you there..


This Sunday, Mitch Polzak w/special guest Billy Wilson will be coming back..again lots and lots of people have asked to have Mitch play..so heres' your chance..On a Sunday of all things and times..5 doors, 5:30 is the kick off time..We'll be doing one more Sunday show w/Andre before he goes away to Texas and La..for a good 6+ weeks..that will be our last Sunday show for awhile..I love the Sundays but sadly, again, the people who complained the most about doing them have not shown up..I appreciate the people who have though..really..and appreciate the people who come week in and week out..But we have 3 bands in March on Fridays and right now I haven't scheduled much in April..


I also wanted to thank those who have actaully come at the 8:30 start time that many many people requested.. I have now done 4 of them..and on Friday we had one person from that whole group that really wanted the time to change..So I'll let you know if we are still going to start the 8:30 time..8:45 seems a better time..and the reason I'm saying this is many people now don't come at all who liked the 9 start time..so it's6 of one, half dozen of the other..

And speaking of teaching, Lisa and I are going to be doing a Dance Workshop on Sunday April 2nd from 3-5 at the BEAT, 2560 9th st.in Berkeley....Again, let Lisa know or me..We re basing it on folks who have taken the class before, and are gearing it towards Intermediate but not set in stone..I just don’t' want to have to teach a floating slide for two hours, as we taught that for YEARS..Let us know if you are interested..Thanks..

For Those who say "We need new Bands" well, we have one coming out: BRUCE DAIGREPONT, 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..aNOTHER ONE IS CURLEY TAYLOR, who never ever fails to put on a good show will be there celebrating his Irish side on Friday March 17th..

We will also have a newer band, Joe Hall and the Louisiana Cane Cutters in May on the 7th..a Sunday show..We will also have Ruben Moreno come out and in July the return of FEUFOLLET ,ON JULY 23, also a Sunday  show..I’m working on a few more that I hope can be worked out..This does not just happen by the way.there is a lot involved..you just don't book the band and it happens..Wanted to really thank Lisa Lee for helping out w/this..And Andre for advice and help as well..

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...Remember festivals are good but weekly dances are better..at least in my opinion..


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

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





SUNDAY-FEB. 26 MITCH POLZAK, MAKING HIS RETURN TO THE HALL, at 5:30 w/special guest Billy Wilson














High Life Cajun Band


Purchase the whole album for $5.00 on our BANDCAMP page

Accordion/Vocal – Paul Rathje
Fiddle – Ben Guzman
Guitar – Jonathan Shifflett
Triangle – Angela Wood
Bass – Ben Kramer

Recorded September, 2016 – Echo Park

Upcoming Shows

Fat Tuesday at Enegren

Enegren Brewing Co

Moorpark, CA (map)

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

More Info...






Andre Thierry



Upcoming shows

Andre Thierry





Fort Bragg, CA

KZYX Benefit Concert


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


San Francisco, ca

Shaka Zula Mardi Gras Ball Fundraiser


Time: 5:00pm. Admission: $65 Special “Andre Fan” ticket price – purchase at the door!. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 410 Van Ness Ave.. OPEN BAR and BUFFET Included. This is a fundraiser for Veterans with mental illness and the Verline Iris Culinary Academy. Ticket is tax deductible. Veteran’s Memorial Building.


Half Moon Bay

Half Moon Bay Brewing Co.


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


San Mateo, CA



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


San Francisco

Private Event


Age restrictions: All Ages.



Eagles Hall


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


San Jose

San Pedro Square


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


St, Helena, CA.

Rombauer Vineyards


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


West Sacramento, CA

West Sacramento Dances


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



Feed and Seed


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


Lake Charles, LA



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


Houston, TX

The Creole Corner


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


Houstson, Texas

4212 Cafe


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


Austin, Texas

Sam’s Townpoint


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


Spring, TX

TWFG Muddy Trails Bash


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



The Big Easy


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


Houstson, Texas

4212 Cafe


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


Houston, TX

The Creole Corner


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





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


Breaux Bridge, LA

Buck and Johnny’s


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


Carencro, LA



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


Half Moon Bay, CA

Dream Machine Festival


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



Eagles Hall


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

Updates from

Simi Valley Cajun Music & Blues Festival Blog


The 44s to Play at Cajun & Blues Music Festival

By Simi Valley Cajun Music & Blues Festival Blogging Team on Feb 23, 2017 09:00 am

The 44s will be playing at the Cajun & Blues Music Festival–don’t miss out on the chance to experience their great music! The 44s are a band based in Los Angeles who play Blues-roots-rock music. The raw and tough sounds generated by these four expert musicians demand to be heard by all Blues music fans worldwide.
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Top Jazz Bars in LA County

By Simi Valley Cajun Music & Blues Festival Blogging Team on Feb 21, 2017 09:00 am

Jazz is best enjoyed live as each member of the band is orchestrating and creating on the spot, with experience and intuition to guide them.  Jazz can teach us a lot about the art of music and discipline. Discipline is the one thing that all successful people have in common, and music is a great
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More to read:

Big Chief Monk Boudreaux & The Golden Eagles
Mitch Ryder Will Play at Cajun & Blues Music Festival
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy Will Play at the Cajun Blues Festival
The Yardbirds to Perform at Cajun & Blues Music Festival
How Do Trumpets Work?



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:

Friday | Gator Boy's Juke Joint

It’s another 3rd Friday dance-love-fest at the Eagles Mother Aerie, 8-11pm. Pre-dance workshop this month is a Whiskey River Jitterbug Primer (check out the new series starting Sunday, below, for WRJ class!), 7:15pm. I can’t tell you how lovely and fun these 3rd Friday dances have been, and I sure hope you can make it. Details GatorBoyProductions.com

Saturday | The Buckaroosters

Buck Owens and a big dance floor — a sure recipe for a barn load of fun! Claire Carey and the Gator Boy will be teaching the pre-dance Country Two-step workshop starting 7:30pm at the Leif Erikson Hall. Info GatorBoyProductions.com

Sunday | Dance Classes Begin

Beginning Waltz (3pm), Swing 2: Surprise (4pm), and (yes!) Whiskey River Jitterbug (5pm) classes all begin this Sunday and run for 5 weeks. We had so much fun with WRJ (described as “the love child of Zydeco and Swing) at Seabeck Dance Camp that people were demanding we offer it. And so we have. Come get a taste of WRJ Friday night at the Juke Joint (see above), then get yourself registered at NWDance.net or just show up Sunday at the Swedish Club. Info and links also at GatorBoyProductions.com

Sunday | Zydeco Unplugged

Billy Wilson & Lloyd Meadows are playing a free event as an acoustic duo at the Garden House on Beacon Hill, 5-9:30pm. Poy Chinn has organized this as a charity event, where donations will be accepted. Moreover, it’s a potluck and celebration of MaryLee Lykes. Details at GatorBoyProductions.com


Mark Your Calendar…

Event details at GatorBoyProductions.com


Feb.17 | Gator Boy’s Juke Joint

Eagles Aerie No.1

Whiskey River Jitterbug primer


Feb.18 | The Buckaroosters

Leif Erikson Hall

Country 2-step lesson with Claire & Sean


Feb.19 | New Classes & Workshops Start

Swedish Club with Claire & Sean

Waltz, Swing, and Whiskey River Jitterbug


Feb.19 | Zydeco Unplugged (Billy Wilson & Lloyd Meadows)

Garden House, 5-9:30pm


Feb.24 | Filé Gumbo


Feb.26 | Country Partner Line Dances Workshop


Feb.28 | Gumbo Twins


Mar.5 | Zydeco Intermediate: Slide Basic Workshop


Mar.11 | Curley Taylor & Zydeco Trouble

Highway 99 Blues Club


Mar.13 | Curley Taylor House Party


Mar.17 | Gator Boy’s Juke Joint


Event details at GatorBoyProductions.com


In Other News…


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


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


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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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