2. Upcoming Events (Seattle Area)

3. Dances & Events (Northwest)

4. Dances & Events (National)

5.
Hot Links & Dance Classes

Gator Boy Productions Home

Please forward corrections/additions to SeattleZEN


1. ONGOING DANCES & EVENTS (Seattle) top

SUNDAYS

THURSDAYS

  • 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

Music & Dance Outdoors in Downtown Parks
Jul.11-Aug.28 | Dancing til Dusk
The Dancing til Dusk Summer concert and dance series is back with Louisiana zydeco, swing, blues, salsa, tango, and much more! Dance in the great outdoors at our beautiful downtown parks to your favorite bands -- for free -- on 13 different weeknights. A dance lesson with one of the area's top instructors commences at 6pm, live music and dance from 7-9:30pm, all with your hosts Lilli Ann Carey and Sean "Gator Boy" Donovan. Full schedule and details here.
July 16 • The Billy Joe Show • Occidental Square
July 18 • Casey MacGill Quartet • Hing Hay Park
July 23 • Ranger & the "Re-Arrangers" • Occidental Square
July 25 • Portage Bay Big Band • Freeway Park
July 30 • The Ben Thomas Tango Trio • Westlake Park
August 1 • Mark DuFresne Band • Freeway Park
August 6 • DJ Koichi West Coast Swing • Westlake Park
August 8 • Mambo Cadillac • Freeway Park
August 13 • The Buckaroosters • Westlake Park
August 15 • Birch Pereira & the Gin Joints • Freeway Park
August 20 • DJ Carey Hollywood Night • Westlake Park
August 22 • Swingin' in the Rain w/Dina Blade • Freeway Park
August 28 • Dancing til Dusk Fundraiser w/KGB • Golden Gardens Beach

3rd Friday Dance
Fri, Jul.19 | 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. Lesson this month: Zydeco, 7:15pm. RSVP the FB event for updates and to help spread the good word! 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, everyone welcome! All ages 'til 10pm. Like our Gator Boy Productions page on FB and get all the latest news along with dance and music videos and other cool content.

Sun, Jul.21 | Swamp Soul (Bellingham, WA)
2-5pm, Fairhaven Village Green (1207 10th St, Bellingham, WA 98225).

Sun, Jul.21 | Zydeco Low Down (Bainbridge Island, WA)
Zydeco Low Down at the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art's Gateway Plaza "Music on the Plaza," 3-5pm. Mark Myking and Tina Tanaka and the rest of the Zydeco Low Down band play straight ahead Zydeco music. Come enjoy a Sunday afternoon of dancing on beautiful Bainbridge Island! Let's spread the Zydeco good times to new places and folks! Allons Zydeco! See FB event here.

July 23-24 | Ranky Tanky
The Pacific Jazz Institute at Dimitriou's Jazz Alley welcomes jazz, blues, gospel, folk artists Ranky Tanky for two nights in support of their just-released sophmore album "Good Time". Showtimes Tuesday and Wednesday at 7:30pm. Doors 6pm. Tix available here. “Ranky Tanky, from Charleston, S.C., sings old Gullah songs — some of them sly moral lessons — in arrangements that connect their beat to a New Orleans lilt.” – New York Times. Also see FB event here.

Thu, Jul.25 | Sky Valley Prairie Band (Snohomish, WA)
Sky Valley Prairie Band (Lucy Reuter, Shannon Miller, Deborah North, Karen Summers), 3:30-6:30 at Snohomish Farmer's Market.

Sat, Jul.27 | Zydeco Low Down (Fall City, WA)
Zydeco Low Down serving up tasty dance grooves with plenty of Louisiana Hot Sauce at the Fall City Community Dance (Fall City Masonic Lodge, 4304 - 337th PL SE), 6:30-10pm. FREE to the community with donations accepted for the Fall City Food Pantry. Dance Lesson 6:30-7pm with Bob Seana & Karlen Huff of Vibrant Living Farm. Come on out and have a great time and support a worthy cause! See FB event here.


August 6-7 | Marcia Ball
The Pacific Jazz Institute at Dimitriou's Jazz Alley award-winning blues singer and keyboardist, Marcia Ball for two nights! Showtimes Tuesday and Wednesday at 7:30pm. Doors 6pm. Tix available here. “Fifty years have passed in a flash,” says Texas-born, Louisiana-raised pianist, songwriter and vocalist Marcia Ball of her long and storied career. Ball, the 2018 Texas State Musician Of The Year, has won worldwide fame and countless fans for her ability to ignite a full-scale roadhouse rhythm and blues party every time she takes the stage. Her rollicking Texas boogies, swampy New Orleans ballads and groove-laden Gulf Coast blues have made her a one-of-a-kind favorite with music lovers all over the world. With each new release, her reputation as a profoundly soulful singer, a boundlessly talented pianist and a courageous, inventive songwriter continues to grow. Her love of the road has led to years of soul-satisfying performances at festivals, concert halls and clubs. See also FB event here.
The New York Times says, “Marcia Ball plays two-fisted New Orleans barrelhouse piano and sings in a husky, knowing voice about all the trouble men and women can get into on the way to a good time.”
The Houston Chronicle says simply, “She’s as perfect as an artist can be.”
"A welcome ray of sunshine...Ball is a killer pianist, a great singer and songwriter. Potent blues, sweet zydeco, soulful, fast and furious Texas boogie...heartfelt, powerful and righteous." –Billboard

3rd Friday Dance
Fri, Aug.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. Lesson this month: TBA, 7:15pm. 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, everyone welcome! All ages 'til 10pm. Like our Gator Boy Productions page on FB and get all the latest news along with dance and music videos and other cool content.

Sun, Aug.25 | Sky Valley Prairie Band (Everett, WA)
Sky Valley Prairie Band (Lucy Reuter, Shannon Miller, Deborah North, Karen Summers), 12-3pm at Everett Farmer's Market.

Sat, Aug.31 | Zydeco Low Down (Conway, WA)
Zydeco Low Down at the Conway Muse (18444 Spruce St, Conway, WA 98238), 8-11pm. Tina Tanaka's bluesy rich vocals along with Mark Myking's hard-driving, energetic accordion playing and singing will transport you right down to the steamy Louisiana Bayou for a great Zydeco throw-down. The Zydeco Low Down Band will be playing your favorite Zydeco dance tunes in the upstairs “Bard” room with a great sound system and ambiance, and lots of room to dance! We love our dancers! Celebrate the summer and Labor Day with some fun Zydeco dancing in a unique venue (It’s a converted dairy barn)! See also FB event here.


Sat, Sep.7 | Swamp Soul
Swamp Soul 7-8:45pm, CrossRoads Bellevue (15600 NE 8th St, Bellevue, WA 98008).

3rd Friday Dance
Fri, Sep.20 | 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. Lesson this month: TBA, 7:15pm. 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, everyone welcome! All ages 'til 10pm. Like our Gator Boy Productions page on FB and get all the latest news along with dance and music videos and other cool content.


3rd Friday Dance
Fri, Oct.18 | 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. Lesson this month: TBA, 7:15pm. 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, everyone welcome! All ages 'til 10pm. Like our Gator Boy Productions page on FB and get all the latest news along with dance and music videos and other cool content.


3rd Friday Dance
Fri, Nov.15 | 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. Lesson this month: TBA, 7:15pm. 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, everyone welcome! All ages 'til 10pm. Like our Gator Boy Productions page on FB and get all the latest news along with dance and music videos and other cool content.


3rd Friday Dance
Fri, Dec.20 | 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. Lesson this month: TBA, 7:15pm. 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, everyone welcome! All ages 'til 10pm. Like our Gator Boy Productions page on FB and get all the latest news along with dance and music videos and other cool content.



3. DANCES & EVENTS (Northwest) top

_________________________________

Ongoing...
          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.



4. DANCES & EVENTS (National) top

Also, see links to other Cajun/Zydeco calendars around the nation.



5. HOT LINKS & DANCE CLASSES top

DANCE CLASSES

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


ALLONS ZYDECO! top

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.