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3. Dances & Events (Northwest)
4. Dances & Events (National)
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1. ONGOING DANCES & EVENTS (Seattle) top
- Cajun Jam Sessions at various locations. Dancers and listeners welcome. To get on the mailing list and for questions, email Katherine.
2. UPCOMING DANCES & EVENTS (Seattle Area) top
Friday, May.13 | Filé Gumbo
Salmon Bay Eagles, 8pm-midnight, $5.
3rd Friday Dance
Fri, May.19 | Gator Boy's Juke Joint & Birthday Bash
Gator Boy's Juke Joint (every 3rd Friday!) at the Eagles Mother Aerie (8201 Lake City Way NE), 8-11pm, $10. Dance lesson 7:15pm. This month's lesson: Cajun/Creole Waltz. 3rd Friday dances continue with blues, swing, zydeco, Cajun, Country, waltz, cha cha cha and more with your host, the Gator Boy, spinning tunes from far and wide to pleasure your dancing. Yeah, you right. Full bar, great dance floor! All ages 'til 10pm. Like our Gator Boy Productions page on FB and get all the latest news, dance and music videos, and other cool content.
Fri, May.20 | Le Nouveau Folichon Trio
Eagles #1 (8201 Lake City Way NE), 7:30-10:30pm. From Ted Granger: "The latest addition to the Greater Folichon Co-Prosperity Sphere is David Salonen, a familiar name and face in Cajun music circles, joining Tim and TEd for some mash-down dance tunes. It's a food bank benefit dance, so bring a little something in the way of cash or non-perishable food items, and a little cash for the band too."
Sun, May.21 | Honky Tonk Two-Step & Schottische Workshop
Honky Tonk Dance Workshop with Nancy Fry & Sean Donovan at the Swedish Club (1920 Dexter Ave N), 6-8pm, $25 adv/$30 door. Pre-register here and save! We’ll practice the Country Two-step “Little Red Hen style” that is, in tight quarters with lots of enthusiastic people. Keeping it interesting while navigating and dancing small is a fun and artful challenge involving footwork, awareness, and flow, and it’s a skill you’ll be able to translate to any dance floor. We’ll also learn the Sweetheart Schottische, a dynamic partner line dance that romps and rolls. Prerequisite: Any level 2 dance class.
May 26-29 | Northwest Folklife Festival
Seattle Center. See full schedule at nwfolklife.org and some specific Cajun/Zydeco events:
Friday (Roadhouse): New Iberians 8-8:50pm / Troupeau Acadien 9-9:50pm
Sunday (Fountain Lawn Stage): Swamp Soul 1:15-1:45pm
Sunday (Roadhouse): Swamp Soul 4-4:50pm / Whozyamama 5-5:50pm
Monday (Armory): Toulooloo 11-11:45am / Folichon 12-12:45pm
Fri, Jun.2 | Chuck Berry Tribute
"The Music Don't Never Stop" A Tribute to Chuck Berry at Eagles Mother Aerie (8201 Lake City Way NE), 8-11pm, $15. From promoter Ted Granger: "A terrific band with Orville Johnson, arguably the best guitar player in town, Robert Lee Mitchell on keyboard, Kelly VanCamp on drums, and Keith Lowe on bass. Some of these guys actually played gigs with Chuck Berry! All you sweet little rock n' rollers, and you mean and surly ones too, come on out and bop 'til you drop."
Zydeco Weekend with the Gator Boy
Sat, Jun.10 - Sun, Jun.11 | Zydeco Workshop Weekend (Portland, OR)
Zydeco Weekend with Sean Donovan and Zydeco Rex. Join us for another fabulous weekend of intermediate/advanced zydeco, Cajun, and blues-infused wonderful! Sean "Gator Boy" Donovan returns as our guest instructor to share his skill, knowledge, and love of dance at the Polish Hall (3832 NE Interstate Ave, Portland OR) on Saturday afternoon. That evening, dance to Zydeco Rex at Duff's Garage (2530 NE 82nd Ave, Portland OR, full bar and food for purchase). Sunday morning Zydeco Brunch (location TBA). Brought to you by Cascade Zydeco.
3rd Friday Dance
Fri, Jun.16 | Gator Boy's Juke Joint
Gator Boy's Juke Joint (every 3rd Friday!) at the Eagles Mother Aerie (8201 Lake City Way NE), 8-11pm, $10. Dance lesson 7:15pm. This month's lesson: Zydeco. 3rd Friday dances continue with blues, swing, zydeco, Cajun, Country, waltz, cha cha cha and more with your host, the Gator Boy, spinning tunes from far and wide to pleasure your dancing. Yeah, you right. Full bar, great dance floor! All ages 'til 10pm. Like our Gator Boy Productions page on FB and get all the latest news, dance and music videos, and other cool content.
Live from Louisiana!
Sat, Jun.17 | Curley Taylor & Zydeco Trouble
The Sultan of Smooth, Curley Taylor, returns with Zydeco Trouble for another magnificent night at Eagles Mother Aerie (8201 Lake City Way NE), details TBA. A first-rate, full-on, brilliantly soulful show every time, this is a definite must-see to kick off summer in the very best way. You know it's always a party when Curley's in town, and this promises to be another fabulously good time. Full bar, great dance floor. All ages 'til 10pm. Like Gator Boy Productions page on FB for the latest updates!
Live from Louisiana!
Thu, Jun.29 | The Revelers
Eagles Mother Aerie (8201 Lake City Way NE), details TBA.
Live from Louisiana!
Fri, Jun.30 | Donna Angelle & the Zydeco Posse
Highway 99 Blues Club (1414 Alaskan Way, 206.382.2171), 8pm, $20. It's been a while, and Donna and the band are fired up for their return to Seattle! Come get yourself some authentic, super soulful zydeco, aight!
3. DANCES & EVENTS (Northwest) top
Jun.30-Jul.4 | Waterfront Blues Festival (Portland, OR)
Waterfront Blues Festival 30th Annual at Tom McCall Waterfront Park, benefitting Oregon Food Bank. Chris Isaak, Joss Stone, JD McPherson, Pine Leaf Boys, Chubby Carrier, Southern Avenue, Greyhounds, The Revelers, Donna Angelle, Cedryl Ballou, Jeffery Broussard and so much more! More info and festival passes
Jul.21-23 | Winthrop R&B Festival (Winthrop, WA)
30th Anniversary Winthrop R&B Festival in Winthrop, WA, featuring Delbert McClinton, Chubby Carrier & the Bayou Swamp Band, Lukas Nelson, Southern Avenue, Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley, Greyhounds and many more! Click for tix and more info on the fest
Portland, OR • Wednesdays Cascade Zydeco's Weekly Zydeco Lesson and CD dance; check their website for location and times.
Portland, OR • 1st Friday Roland and Janine host a "Zydeco Social" at Viscount Dance Studios, 7:30-10:30pm, $5. Dance lesson and a nice relaxed evening of zydeco dancing. Roland and Janine are happy to offer assistance if you want to work on your styling.
Vancouver, WA • Sundays Zydeco at Dodge City Bar & Grill, hosted by Penny and Phil 7-9pm. All ages.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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, Waltz and more. Click here for more info.
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.