Chicago Area Upcoming Cajun & Zydeco [June 29, 2018]

** = musicians from Louisiana

Sunday, July 1st

** Geno Delafose and C.J. Chenier  playing some epic Zydeco at Fitzgerald’s Annual American Music Festival.  6615 Roosevelt Road, Berwyn, IL.  Rain or shine event on three stages.  1 pm to 1 am!  Advance tix are $50 and includes all music all day.  Geno and French Rockin’ Boogie will play at 5:30 pm and C.J. and Red Hot Louisiana Band playing at 8:30 pm.  Before, between and after tons of other styles of music to enjoy as well as food.  See the full line up and all details of all days for this fest at

Saturday, July 7th
**Nathan & The Zydeco Cha Chas playing at Fitzgerald’s Night Club, 6615 Roosevelt Road, Berwyn 9 pm.  Been quite a while since this really fun band has been in Chicago area.

Thursday, July 12th
*Les Rodailleurs playing for SummerDance.  FREE.  Basic Cajun dance lesson from 6 to 7 pm.  NOTE THAT THIS DANCE WILL BE HELD ON A STAGE SET UP AT BUCKINGHAM FOUNTAIN PLAZA AS IT IS RUNNING IN CONJUNCTION WITH TASTE OF CHICAGO.  Band members are Jourdan Thibodeaux, Cedric Watson, Alan LaFleur, Joel Savoy, Jay Miller.  There are some YouTube videos posted of them at Festivals Acadiens & Creoles last fall…check them out.

Thursday, July 12th
Le Travaillant playing at ‘Music Night Out in the Parks’ series in Park 567 (yes, that is the name of this park!), 1801 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago 6 to 7 pm.  Free event, all ages!

July 13, 14 & 15th 
Annual Square Roots Festival in Lincoln Square neighborhood, Chicago.  **Jourdan Thibodeaux Et Les Rodailleurs will be playing along with a fantastic line up of lots of other genres of music.  Exact dates and times not posted yet but you can see other music offerings at the Square Roots website.  Will post date/time of Rodailleurs when that information is released.

Friday, August 17th 
Le Travaillant playing at Metropolitan Square outdoor area in Des Plaines, IL.  7 to 9:30 pm.  Free, all-ages event.  Bring the family!

Sunday, August 5th 
**Mid City Aces featuring Cameron Dupuy and Gina Forsyth at the Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western (at Cortez), Chicago.  2 to 4 pm, $10.  Cameron (on accordion) was the featured Cajun artist a couple of years ago at the U of C Folk Fest and fiddler Gina has played for years with Bruce Daigrepont and many others.  This will be a wonderful afternoon – whether you dance or just want to listen and enjoy.  Please come out and bring friends!!  Parking can be tough but look west along Augusta.  Sometimes I take the Western bus (49) which is perfect.  Hope to see a big turnout.  And a BIG thank you to Gene for making this dance happen.

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.  Playing at 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
**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.  Been told it’s a very nice theater, pretty grounds and lots of parking is available.

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


June 29th 
Prairie Bayou  playing during the fish fry at Common Ground, 2544 Branch Street, Mddleton, WI  5 to 9 pm

Saturday, July 14th 
Madison’s Annual Fete de Marquette with Cajun Strangers playing some great Cajun in the Bistro Tent off of Few Street from 3:30 to 4:15 pm, 6 to 6:45 pm and 8:15 to 9 pm.  Check out the Fete website for all details as well as other music offerings. 

Sunday, July 22nd 
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.

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!