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3. Dances & Events (Northwest)
4. Dances & Events (National)
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1. ONGOING DANCES & EVENTS (Seattle) top
- Tuesday Cajun Jam Sessions in Seattle. For information, email Katherine.
- Blues at Waid's (12th & Jefferson). Brought to you by Burn Blue.
- 3rd Friday Zydeco with DJ Sean "Gator Boy" Donovan at Sonny Newman's Dance Hall (201 N 85th St, Greenwood), 8:30pm, $10. Free Dance Workshop*, 7:45pm. More details below.
2. UPCOMING DANCES & EVENTS (Seattle Area) top
Wednesday, May 15-29 • Zydeco Style II
Zydeco Style II with Sean "Gator Boy" Donovan at the Phinney Neighborhood Center (6532 Phinney Ave N, Room 1), 7-8pm. This class just added, by popular demand, as a continuation for our investigation into the new Louisiana zydeco basic and its variations. Come check out the new footwork and update your style! Prerequisite: Solid intermediate zydeco skills. To register, email marylee at lykestodance dot com and/or show up 15 minutes early at first class to sign up.
Friday, May 17 • 3rd Friday Zydeco
LAST EVER 3rd Friday Zydeco at Sonny's with DJ Sean "Gator Boy" Donovan at Sonny Newman's Dance Hall (201 N 85th St, Greenwood), 8:30pm, $10. Free Dance Workshop, 7:45pm. Come cut loose with mighty grooves ranging from Zydeco, Cajun, Blues, Waltz and New Orleans Swing! It's a red hot Louisiana-style party like only DJ Gator can do. Brought to you by Gator Boy Productions.
Sunday, May 19 • Folichon
Folichon at Piecora's Pizza (14th & E Madison), 6-9pm, $10 suggested. All ages, good food, free parking, and the amazing easy-on-the-knees Corex dance floor.
Friday, May 24 - Monday, May 27 • Folklife
Folklife Festival at the Seattle Center. Cajun and Zydeco bands Friday night, Sunday and Monday. Find the schedule and download the app at nwfolklife.org.
Sundays, June 2-23 • Swing, Blues & Waltz Classes
Swing 1 Beginning (4pm), Summertime Blues (5pm) and Swing 2.5: Double-time (6pm) dance classes begin with Cathy Footer & Sean Donovan, Swedish Cultural Center (1920 Dexter Ave. N., Seattle). Class descriptions below, registration and details at nwdance.net or call 206.781.1238.
Hugely popular, energetic and fun, Swing is a great place to start partner dancing. You'll learn both single- and triple-time rhythms (for faster and slower music), along with cool moves and partnering fundamentals.
Get outside your normal dance embrace and get active, working with shines and learning to incorporate hot moves and movement from your other dance forms like swing, waltz, tango and NC2S. Bust loose and bring it all together as we revel in sweet summer blues! Prerequisite: Some partner dance experience helpful
Swing 2.5: Double-time
A super happy Swing variation using touch-steps, kick-steps, swivels and side sweeps that you’ll be forever glad you added to or expanded in your Swing repertoire. We’ll learn to transition fluidly from triple- to double-time and back (in the same song) and touch on the Whiskey River Jitterbug, a way fun double-time dance from Louisiana. Prerequisite: Swing 2 at least once, solid triple-time skills
Thursday, July 4 • Save the Date!
I know, like me, you probably thought they were already married, they're so perfect together. But they're not! (Married.) And they are! (Perfect together, and getting married.) Jean and Paul. July 4, 2013. Hallelujah! Oh, and the Pine Leaf Boys will help celebrate. Details TBA.
Thursday, July 18 • Rosie Ledet
Rosie Ledet -- The Zydeco Sweetheart! -- returns to the Highway 99 Blues Club (1414 Alaskan Way, 206.382.2171), 8pm, $20.
Thursday, July 25 • Jeffery Broussard & the Creole Cowboys
Jeffery Broussard & the Creole Cowboys make their debut at the Highway 99 Blues Club (1414 Alaskan Way, 206.382.2171), 8pm, $20.
3. DANCES & EVENTS (Northwest) top
Saturday, May 25 • Fundraiser Dance (Port Townsend)
Fundraiser/Potluck CD Dance at Quimper Grange Hall (1210 Corona St, corner of Sheridan & Corona, Port Townsend). Questions: Jeannette 360-385-1667 or Karl 360-385-5705.
Saturday, June 22 • Swamp Soul (Port Townsend)
Swamp Soul at Quimper Grange Hall (1210 Corona St, corner of Sheridan & Corona, Port Townsend). Questions: Jeannette 360-385-1667 or Karl 360-385-5705.
July 4-7 • Waterfront Blues Festival (Portland)
Chubby Carrier & the Bayou Swamp Band, Pine Leaf Boys, Horace Trahan & Ossun Express, Lil' Wayne & Same Old Two Step, Mavis Staples, Hot 8 Brass Band, and many more, including Robert Randolph and the Family Band. Gonna be another great 4th of July weekend in Stumptown! Info. Additional information:
CHANGES for the 2013 Portland Waterfront Blues Fest Organizer Dick Brainard writes: "Everyone will need to purchase a 4-day pass to the fest this year if you wish to come on 'Sensational Sunday.' Only those with a 4-day pass will be admitted Sunday, July 7. The Oregon Food Bank has notified me that about half the available 4-day passes have been sold, so if you want to come all four days, best to get your pass(es) asap! You can buy your pass(es) two ways. By going direct to waterfrontbluesfest.com or by purchasing a Zydeco Pass from me (see below). If you buy your pass from me, you will receive added perks not available from the WBF website passes. Options: Zydeco Contributor Pass for $125 or Zydeco Benefactor Pass $275 each, or two for $525. Send check made out to “OREGON FOOD BANK” to Richard Brainard, 813 SW Alder St. #700, Portland, OR 97205. Once I receive the passes from the OFB, I will mail your pass(es)."
LODGING Mark Brinkmann (Summer Housing & Conference Operations, Manager) invites you to stay at Portland State University during the festival. Only $66 per night per room ($33 per person if people share a room). Rooms have private bathrooms, wireless access, mini-refrigerator, and a kitchenette. Mark writes: "I am new to PSU and am willing to address shortcomings people experienced last summer." For info and reservations, contact Mark at shc at pdx dot edu or 503.725.4330.
July 19-21 • Winthrop Rhythm & Blues Festival (Winthrop, WA)
26th Annual Winthrop Rhythm & Blues Festival at the Blues Ranch in Winthrop, Washington, nestled in the beautiful Methow Valley in the heart of the North Cascades, surrounded by some of the most spectacular scenery in the Pacific Northwest. Featuring: Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk and Rosie Ledet. On-site camping ($45 for the weekend), free showers, food and craft vendors, shade tents, and beer garden are all located on the Blues Ranch grounds on the beautiful Methow River. The Friday night Beer Garden Show is $10 or free with weekend pass. A weekend pass is $80 in advance, $90 at the gate. For complete schedule, tickets, and lodging information please visit our website.
Portland, OR • Cascade Zydeco's Weekly Wednesday Zydeco Lesson and CD dance at The Conga Club (4923 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd); 7:30-8:15pm Beginning Lessons; 8:15-10:30pm Dancing; $4 members / $6 non-members (21 and over)
Portland, OR • Zydeco jam session at Moon & Sixpence Pub (2014 NE 42nd Ave) every Wednesday, 8pm. Host band rotates between Bon Ton Roulet, the New Iberians and TooLoose.
Eugene, OR • Dancing at Diablo's Downtown Lounge on Wednesdays, free, Cajun/Zydeco lesson 7-8pm, dancing 8-10pm; for more info contact Scott at email@example.com
4. DANCES & EVENTS (National) top
5. HOT LINKS & DANCE CLASSES top
Gator Boy Productions
Ongoing classes and private lessons with the Gator Boy! Cajun, Zydeco, Blues, Country, Swing, movement & more. Call 206.860.8714 or email dance at gatorboyproductions dot com.
Lykes to Dance (MaryLee Lykes, 425.678.8300)
Classes ongoing with MaryLee Lykes, a Seattle icon and dancer extraordinaire!
For additional local Cajun/Zydeco information, see the Gator Boy's HOT LINKS
The mission of Gator Boy Productions and the Seattle Zydeco Events Network (Seattle ZEN) is to promote Zydeco, Cajun and Louisiana cultural and music events in and around Seattle by providing regular, accurate, and comprehensive information in an effort to continually expand and energize Seattle's Cajun/Zydeco community.
This service is provided by Sean Donovan and Gator Boy Productions.