Chicago Area Upcoming Cajun & Zydeco [April 14, 2017]

** = musicians from Louisiana


Sunday, May 7th

Chicago Cajun Aces playing the Cajun Dance Party at the Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western Avenue (at Cortez), Chicago.  $10.  Dance is from 2 to 4:30 pm. Always a good time at the bottle, come out and bring your friends.


Sunday, May 28th

Cajun Jam at Spyner’s Pub, 4623 N. Western Avenue (at Eastwood), Chicago. Across the street from the 711, it is the cobalt blue bldg with red corner door. We meet in the side room from 2 to 5 pm.  EVERYONE welcome.  All songs are Cajun or Creole.  Jam starts off slow so less experienced players can get their feet wet and as more advanced players come, jam picks up speed.  These jams are a lot of fun and a great way to practice and meet others who love this music.  No matter your level of musicianship, you are welcome and encouraged to join us with your fiddle, Cajun accordion or acoustic guitar.  Or come and listen and have a beer or cocktail.


Sunday, June 11th

Le Travaillant playing at the Skokie Public Library, 5215 Oakton St, Skokie, Il. All ages and free event.  Playing from 3 to 4:15 pm.  They will be in the auditorium but there is a chance for a little dancing on the stage behind the band.


Sunday, June 25th

Le Travaillant playing at Mallinckrodt Park, 1960 Elmwood Avenue, Wilmette, IKL from 4 to 5:30 pm.  Playing in the gazebo.  Dancing on the lawn.


Sunday, July 2nd

**Terrance Simien & Zydeco Experience playing at SummerDance, downtown Chicago in the Spirit of Music Garden on Michigan Avenue between Balbo and Harrison.  FREE EVENT!  Basic dance lesson from 4 to 5 pm with band playing from 5:30 to 7:30.  Zydeco anyone?


Tuesday, August 8th

Cajun Vagabonds will be the ‘Music on the Esplanade’ series at Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road in Glencoe, IL.  Music from 6 pm till 8 pm.. Event is free but there is a $25 parking fee for non-members.  Car pool!!  Beautiful setting and you can come early and take a nice garden walk.


Thursday, August 10th

Le Travaillant playing an outdoor concert at Cortesi Vererans Memorial Park, 318 E. Kenilworth Avenue, Villa Park, IL.  6:30 to 8:30 p.m.  Lawn dancing!


Sunday, August 20th

**The Revelers playing at SummerDance, downtown Chicago in the Spirit of Music Garden on Michigan Avenue between Balbo and Harrison.  FREE EVENT!  Basic dance lesson from 4 to 5 pm with band playing from 5:30 to 7:30.  The Revelers are the bomb…some Cajun, some swamp pop, everything super danceable and fun.


Sunday, September 10th

**Feufollet playing the season finale of SummerDance, downtown Chicago in the Spirit of Music Garden on Michigan Avenue between Balbo and Harrison. FREE EVENT!  Basic dance lesson from 4 to 5 pm with band playing from5:30 to 7:30.  Come by to celebrate another great year of music and dance from SummerDance.



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.


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!


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


June 18th through 24th

**David Greely, Jonno Frishberg, Bo Ledet, Corey Ledet, Kevin Aucoin and Mark Stoltz are featured instructors at the Wheatland June Music and Dance Week in Remus, Michigan.  See their website for full information, cost, timeframe, etc. Wheatland has a good reputation as a fun time and a well-organized music week.  989-967-8879


July  9th through  the 14th

Cajun & Creole Week at Augusta Heritage  Center  in Elkins, West Virginia.  This week is a wonderful immersion in all things Cajun and Creole…dances concerts, food, porch jams, culture sessions and MUSIC LESSONS.  Classes being taught by **Chris Miller, Walter Mouton, Yvette Landry, Daniel Coolik, David Greely, Drew Simon, Randy Vidrine,  Jason Frey, with staff musicians Jimmy Breaux and Blake Miller around to help.  The Cajun Week runs in conjunction with Classic Country Week so there are also classes with Courtney Granger, folk art workshops, Cajun cooking, instrument repair and too much to list!!  If you have never been you should put this on your bucket list.  It is a fantastic experience.

See website for lots more info.


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.