UPCOMING MONTHLY CAJUN/ZYDECO DANCES
Saturday, January 19, we “take a bit of delta blues, mix it with the spicy taste of New Orleans funk, shake it with some good time rock & roll,” and welcome back Otis and the Hurricanes. Read about this fabulous band here.
Saturday, February 16, we feature “zydeswing”: an evening of 50s and 60s rockabilly music to compliment the usual zydeco beats, with music spun by rockabilly DJ Jim Christensen, host of the Friday Synthesis-Conscious Evolution show on the University of Hartford radio station, WWUH. Admission for this special dance will be reduced to $12.00. See here for the skinny on rockabilly music.
Saturday, March 16, we welcome back one of our favorite bands, River City Slim & the Zydeco Hogs, who, as usual, will be “servin’ up a heafty slab of greasy zydeco.” We bet you won’t be able to sit out even one dance. Find out more about this popular band 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 point person for HCD Cajun/Zydeco dances is Dave, and he’ll be happy to answer any questions you might have. If you’d like to get in touch with him concerning HCD Cajun/Zydeco dances, complete the form below.