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Chicago Associate Chapter of the Cajun French Music Association


We are very excited to announce the formation of the Chicago associate chapter of the Cajun French Music Association, the premier body for the promotion of Cajun music and culture. This is the first chapter to be formed outside of Louisiana and Texas. We're still setting up shop, but already looking ahead to hosting and sponsoring events, and helping to bring musicians up to Chicago's legendary music scene. We need your help! By joining our chapter, you will be helping us to increase the opportunities to listen and dance to the music of Louisiana, learn about its culture, and share this wonderful treasure with friends.

Please visit the links to the left to learn more about the CFMA, and how to join our chapter. You can also find Monica's Chicagoland Cajun event list, previously only available by email.

You can contact us by following the "Contact" link to the left, or simply by sending email to info@chicagocajuns.org.

Please note our new mailing address:
Cajun French Music Association, Chicago Associate Chapter
c/o David Potterveld
700 Wenonah Ave
Oak Park, IL  60304

WE NOW HAVE A FACEBOOK PAGE: www.facebook.com/ChicagoCajuns


PHOTO GALLERY: Take a look at the photos from Festivals Acadiens.
JAM TUNES: Click here for a list of tunes we've played at our jams.
MONICA'S EVENT LIST: [Last update: August 30, 2017]

Dance To Live Music:

CFMA dance -
Sunday, September 17, 2017, 2-4:30PM

Location: The Empty Bottle - 1035 N. Western Ave., Chicago, IL, 60622
Band: The Terr Family Band
Admission: $10

Our CFMA dances at the Empty Bottle are resuming in September, with "The Terr Family Band". This will be a really unique gathering: Charlie Terr, who plays wicked accordion with local Chicago Cajun Aces, his brother John, who plays with Minneapolis/St. Paul’s New Riverside Ramblers, and their sister Betsy, who plays in C’es Bon on the east coast.  Having them all together to play for us will be a real treat!

The Empty Bottle has a nice dance space, great sound, and a good bar, plus food can be had from the restaurant next door. Come share a relaxed Sunday afternoon and still be home to in time to rest up and prepare for work on Monday!

Future dates:

Not to be missed - Louisiana bands in the Chicago area
There are several upcoming events featuring Louisiana bands to note:
  • Sept. 10, 5:30pm - Feufollet playing the season finale of SummerDance, downtown Chicago in the Spirit of Music Garden on Michigan Avenue between Balbo and Harrison
  • November 12, 1pm - The Revelers coming to City Winery, 1200 W. Randolph, downtown Chicago

Music Jams:

CFMA music jam -  Sunday, September 24, 2:00-5:00pm
on: Spyner’s Pub, 4623 N. Western Avenue (Lincoln Square area)

Pub is on the southeast corner of Western & Eastwood.  No signage on establishment – look for cobalt blue building front with the red door and the Michelob Light sign.  We will be in the side room from 2 to 5 pm.  Jam open to EVERYONE, all levels.  All songs traditional Cajun/Creole.  If you don’t play you can come by and hang out…have a cocktail and enjoy some music.  Street parking not too bad and there is a little parking lot behind the building that holds a couple of cars.  It’s also ˝ block south of the ‘Western’ stop on the Brown Line and the 49 bus runs right down Western.  49B bus stops at el so you can get off at el stop and walk ˝ block south.  Can also take Lawrence bus to Western and walk south on Western a couple of blocks.

The jam is open to EVERYONE, all levels. All songs traditional Cajun/Creole.

Future dates:

Other Items Of Note:


Danceaholics is a massive dance calendar for Hustle, Jitterbug, Lindy, West Coast Swing, and other dancing in the Chicago area.

This Week In Chicago has listings for "Swing, Lindy Hop, Blues, Honky Tonk, & West Coast Swing", and sometimes Cajun dance listings.

The Chicago Barn Dance Company holds weekly Barn dances (contra and square dances) to live music and calling.

We've been mentioned in a web collection of 40 blogs and websites for the Cajun enthusiast, covering Cajun food, music, language, and event calendars. Check it out, it's a great collection of online resources.