Chicago Area Upcoming Cajun & Zydeco [March 8, 2018]

** = musicians from Louisiana

 



Saturday, March 10th

**C.J. Chenier & the Red Hot Louisiana Band at Fitzgerald's, 6615 Roosevelt Rd, Berwyn, IL 60402. An evening with legendary C.J. Chenier & the Red Hot Louisiana Band. Doors open at 7 pm, music starts at 9pm.  "Festival" Tom Cimms will have his One-Man-Gumbo Stand up and running, so get yourself a bowl! $15 cover.


Saturday, March 10th

Cajun and Zydeco Dance with Louie Stallone, Old Town School of Folk Music, 4545 N Lincoln Ave, 3:00pm-4:50pm. Let the good times roll! Learn to partner dance like the Cajuns have since 1721 in southwest Louisiana. In this workshop, you will learn the traditional Cajun two-step and waltz, plus the more contemporary Cajun jitterbug step. As a bonus, you'll be introduced to the faster, looser Zydeco two-step! Celebrate Mardi Gras by getting onto the dance floor! No partner necessary to register.
$25 ($24 members) for 1 week.


Sunday, March 11th

Cajun Jam at Spyner’s Bar, 4623 N. Western Avenue, Chicago (on the southeast corner…look for the cobalt blue corner bldg. across street from the 711), from 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.  First part of jam is at a slower paced, geared toward beginners and then jam begins to ramp up as more advanced musicians guide the jam.  These jams are great for students of acoustic guitar or bass or fiddle classes, as it is a great way to practice with others.  Don’t play a guitar, fiddle or Cajun accordion but like Cajun music? – come on over for a beer or cocktail and just enjoy some music.  As always, a big ‘thank you’ to our Jam Master, Stewart, for coordinating

 

Friday, March 23rd through 25th

**Paul Daigle and Jason Frey join Midwest musicians for the annual Cajun Music and Dance Weekend at Folklore Village, Dodgeville, WI

I usually post out-of-Chicagoland events below in the ‘off the beaten path’ section but thought maybe this one should be up here as quite a few people from Chicago area generally attend.  Paul and Jason will tear it up…this will be great.  If you have never attended this weekend, check it out…music lessons in fiddle, accordion, sometimes guitar etc. in a wonderful prairie setting.  In addition, dances Friday and Saturday nights.  Check out details on their website.

www.folklorevillage.org

 

Sunday, April 15th

Cajun Jam at Spyner’s Bar, 4623 N. Western Avenue, Chicago (on the southeast corner…look for the cobalt blue corner bldg. across street from the 711), from 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.  First part of jam is at a slower paced, geared toward beginners and then jam begins to ramp up as more advanced musicians guide the jam.  These jams are great for students of acoustic guitar or bass or fiddle classes, as it is a great way to practice with others.  Don’t play a guitar, fiddle or Cajun accordion but like Cajun music? – come on over for a beer or cocktail and just enjoy some music.  As always, a big ‘thank you’ to our Jam Master, Stewart, for coordinating

 

Did you know?

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

 

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 KRVS.org on your computer to stream in.  You can also see who will be playing on the Liberty Theater schedule posted on http://www.eunice-la.com   Enjoy this most wonderful show – broadcast in French but the music needs no translator to enjoy!

 

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

 

See website for lots more info.

https://augustaheritagecenter.org


 

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! 

http://www.cajunstrangers.com

 

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

http://www.creolefiddle.com

http://www.creolestomp.com