UPCOMING MONTHLY CAJUN/ZYDECO DANCES
Saturday, March 21, we welcome back to our dance floor Zydeco Connection, who have been bringing the irresistible sounds and infectious rhythms of zydeco from southwestern Louisiana to New England since 2004. Meet them on Facebook here and see them in concert here.
Saturday, April 18, we’ll have the pleasure of dancing to the Squeeze Box Stompers, recently nominated for the best Cajun album of the year by the Just Plain Folks Awards. Read all about this terrific band here, and enjoy a taste of their toe-tapping music here.
Saturday, May 16, for the last dance before our summer break we welcome a new (to us) band from New Jersey, Zydeco Revelators, specializing in “blazin’ hot zydeco and Cajun music from legendary bayou towns.” Read about them on Facebook here, and catch some of their fabulously danceable music here.
Who would’ve thunk that this exciting dance form born in the bayous of Louisiana would gain such a prominent foothold (no pun intended) in Connecticut, but its many nutmeg-state followers attest to its popularity here. The longest running Cajun/zydeco dance series in New England, our dances are held on the third Saturday of the month from 7:00–10:00 at Griffith Academy in Wethersfield from September to May, with no dances in June, July, or August. If you’re new to Canjun/Zydeco dancing, or if you’d just like to brush up on your moves, join us for a free beginners’ workshop prior to each dance, from 6:30–7:00.
General admission to our dances is $18, $10 for students (with school ID). Volunteers pay half the admission fee that would apply to them in exchange for a half hour of their time. If you’d like to be included on our roster of prospective volunteers, complete the form at the bottom of this page, including your name, email address, and “I’D LIKE TO VOLUNTEER” in the Subject field.
SO WHAT IS IT?
For those unfamiliar with Canjun/Zydeco, let us explain. We get Cajun music from French immigrants who settled first in Nova Scotia, then Southwest Louisiana. At first they played their music at house parties on fiddles, guitars, and a triangle for rhythm. Modern Cajun bands now also use basses, drums, and of course accordions. As for zydeco, it comes from the music of Creole-French-speaking folks in Louisiana and has definite blues and rock influences. Zydeco is usually played with accordions, electric guitars, basses, drums, and sometimes saxes and fiddles, but it is the corrugated metal washboard that gives it its most distinctive percussive sound.
View a video of a recent HCD Canjun/Zydeco dance here.
View a printable schedule of upcoming Cajun/zydeco
and all other HCD events here.
The HCD Cajun/Zydeco Committee will be happy to answer any questions you might have. Get in touch with them concerning HCD Cajun/Zydeco dances by completing the form below.