Chicago Area Upcoming Cajun & Zydeco [August 23, 2018]

** = musicians from Louisiana

Sunday, September 16th

Cajun jam is back from vacation!!  Come join us at Spyner’s Pub, 4623 N. Western Avenue, Chicago (on the southeast corner…look for the cobalt blue corner bldg. across the street from the 7-11) 2 to 5 pm.  Jam is held in the side room.  All songs are Cajun or Creole in nature.  EVERYONE welcome all levels from super beginners to master players.  Beginning of jam is at a little slower pace with jam ramping up as more advanced musicians join.  The jam is a wonderful way to practice with others and is great for guitar, fiddle and Cajun accordion students.  The bar is a stone’s throw from the Brown Line el for those who don’t have a car.  If you don’t play an instrument but like Cajun music, feel free to enjoy a beer or cocktail and just listen.  Big thanks to jam-master supreme, Stewart, for continuing to coordinate these monthly jams.


Sunday, September 30th

**The Revelers playing a Sunday Global Dance Party at the Old Town School of Folk Music, 4545 N. Lincoln Avenue (in Szold Hall), Chicago.  Free basic dance lesson ½ hour prior to band.  7:30 pm.  $22 and $20 for OTS members.  The Revelers are sooooooo much fun to dance to.  If you are not familiar with them check out the blurb about them on the OTS website


Sunday, October 14th

Easy Cajun & Creole Tunes Workshop for Fiddle is again being offered at the Old Town School of Folk Music.  2 to 3:30 pm. Jordan Wankoff will teach this workshop.  Fiddle 2 level prerequisite.  Great opportunity to add some Cajun tunes to your fiddle repertoire.  See the Old Town’s website for full details and description of the class.  There will be an open jam following the workshop – jam will be from 3:30 till 5.



**BeauSoleil playing with the Subdudes playing at the Al Larson Prairie Center for the Arts, 201 Schaumburg Ct, Schaumburg, IL.  7 pm.  Tickets are $34 for seniors and $36 for adults.  I’ve been told it is a very nice theater, pretty grounds and lots of parking is available.



Saturday, November 10th

Cajun Dance Workshop by Louie Stallone at Old Town School of Folk Music, 4545 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago.  3 pm.  Great opportunity to get your basic waltz and two step down.  Also will cover the Cajun ‘jitterbug’ and some basic Zydeco.  Register via website or at OTS.


Did you know?

You can stream in ‘Louisiana Rhythms’ live on Fridays from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. from in Minneapolis.  Four Cajun/Zydeco enthusiasts take turns hosting this show which features Cajun & Zydeco music.


Off the Beaten Path : Events further away but oh, so worthwhile


August 3rd and 4th

Madison’s Annual Sugar Maple Traditional Music Fest at Lake Farm Park will feature **Sam Broussard (who is guitarist with Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys) playing is own songs on the 3rd.  On the 4th the **Mid City Aces w/Cameron Dupuy and Gina Forsyth.  Check out the fests website for all details, times, styles of music.


Sunday, August 12th

Cajun Strangers playing at Harmony Bar, 2201 Atwood Avenue, Madison.  6 to 9 pm for the dance and usually there is a little Cajun dance lesson at 5:30 pm.


Our Wisconsin friends have a FaceBook page for Cajun music…see Driftless Cajuns…check it out.


The Cajun Strangers play lots of gigs in Madison and around Wisconsin.  Check their website regularly to see what’s up!


Check out websites for Dennis Stroughmatt & Creole Stomp and L’Espirit Creole for events around Illinois and the Midwest states.


Want a true slice of Southwest Louisiana without leaving your house?  Listen to the fantastic ‘Rendez-Vou Des Cajuns’ music concert broadcast LIVE from the historic Liberty Theater in Eunice, Louisiana.  Broadcast every Saturday night from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.  Go to KRVS Radio Acadie at on your computer to stream in.  You can also see who will be playing on the Liberty Theater schedule posted on   Enjoy this most wonderful show – broadcast in French but the music needs no translator to enjoy!