UPCOMING MONTHLY CAJUN/ZYDECO DANCES
Saturday, October 19, we’re proud to kick off our new season with one of the most popular Cajun-zydeco bands in the area, River City Slim & the Zydeco Hogs. Come dance to the band that “cooks up a spicy musical gumbo that combines the traditional sounds of the button accordion and washboard with a driving, syncopated beat.” Read all about them and hear their music here.
Saturday, November 16, take a bit of delta blues, mix it with the spicy taste of New Orleans funk, and shake it with some good-time rock & roll: what you get is Otis and the Hurricanes. Come dance to this terrific band, but first read all about them here.
No HCD Cajun/Zydeco dance in December.
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. Get in touch with him concerning HCD Cajun/Zydeco by completing the form below.