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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: September 14, 2016]

Dance To Live Music:

CFMA dance -
Sunday, October 9, 2:00pm - 4:30pm

Location: The Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60622
Band: The Cajun Vagabonds
Admission: $10

We’ve all been having a GREAT time dancing at the Empty Bottle.  It's a really cozy place, with a nice dance space, great sound, and a good bar, plus food can be had from the restaurant next door. The Bears game should be up on the bar TV, so you can watch some football too. Come share a relaxed Sunday afternoon and still be home to in time to rest up and prepare for work on Monday!

Future dates:
November 13, band TBA

Music Jams:

CFMA music jam -  October 16, 2016
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.

Future dates:
  November 20.

Other Items Of Note:


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.


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 and monthly Barn dances (contra and square dances) to live music and calling.