The CZ Mission

Cascade Zydeco is a 501(c)3 non-profit association dedicated to building and sustaining Zydeco, Cajun, and other Louisiana music and dancing in our community.

Zydeco Wednesdays at Polish Hall

• April 26th
4th Wednesday with
Terri Jo

• May 10th
2nd Wednesday with
Adam & Ali

• May 17th
3rd Wednesday with
Chere & Ken

• May 24th
4th Wednesday with
Terri Jo

• May 31st
5th Wednesday with
Roland & Janine

Polish Hall
3832 NE Interstate Ave Portland, OR

7:15 - 8 Lesson
8 - 10 DJ'd music
$7 general, $5 CZ Members

Wednesday Night Zydeco in Portland

Cascade Zydeco hosts a friendly, welcoming DJ dance every Wednesday. We start with a basic zydeco lesson (or sometimes blues or waltz), followed by 2 hours of open dancing. Great for beginners and experienced dancers, no need to bring a partner. Drop in once, become a regular! Et toi!

7:15 - 8pm Lesson
8 - 10pm Dance to Zydeco, Cajun, & Blues with a rotating lineup of DJ's

1st Wednesday at theEast Portland Eagles
East Portland Eagles
4904 SE Hawthorne Blvd • Portland, OR

2nd, 3rd, 4th & 5th Wednesdays
Polish Hall • 3832 NE Interstate Ave • Portland, OR

Admission $7 General • $5 Cascade Zydeco members

Join Cascade Zydeco
or Renew Your Membership

AccordionCascade Zydeco is a 501(c)3 non-profit association. Volunteers keep the music and dancing alive and every dollar you contribute in the form of membership dues, dance admissions, and donations goes right to our mission.

Membership is only $25 a year per person, and members receive a $2 discount to all Cascade Zydeco DJ dances. And it's tax deductible!

Use PayPal or a credit card, download a printable membership form, or pick one up at a Wednesday night dance. Membership dues give you DJ dance discounts and help bring Zydeco and Cajun music and dance to our community!

Zydeco News

Be sure to check the CZ Calendar for more details and other events around town! And, while you're at it, sign up for our newsletter, read past newsletters, and visit CZ on Flickr.

Dance to Zydeco Rex at Polish Hall
Saturday, June 10th

CZ hosts the Seattle's own Zydeco Rex at Polish Hall, Saturday, June 10th.

Zydeco Rex got raves the last time they played for us, with their great sound and danceable style. The floor was packed right through the very last song. They'll be following our 3rd Annual Zydeco Workshop with Sean 'Gator Boy' Donovan (see story below) earlier that afternoon, but the dance is open to the public, not just workshop participants.

Zydeco Rex is Tina Tanaka (rubboard/vocals), Kevin Kilmartin (guitar), Will Tanaka (bass), Danny Salonen (drums/vocals), and the incomparable Mark Myking. 

Tina and Kevin are veterans of the Seattle Zydeco scene, serving as core members of the notorious Seattle-based group, Captain Leroy and the Zydeco Locals. Will and Mark are relative new-comers to Zydeco, but bring their passion, musical knowledge, and commitment to passin' a good time both to the back line, for Will, and front-center for Mark. Danny is the baby of the group, but has been playing Cajun and Zydeco music for nearly as long as he's been alive, thanks to his grandfather, Dave Lang.

Polish Hall
3832 NE Interstate Ave Portland, OR

Band plays 7:30 - 10 • $12 (free for workshop participants)

June 10 - 11, 2017
3rd Annual Zydeco Workshop
Dance & Brunch

Sean DonovanRegister now for the 3rd Annual Zydeco Workshop Weekend
June 10-11!

~ Intermediate-Advanced Workshop with Sean 'Gator Boy' Donovan Watch a video of Sean and Lilli Ann Carey
~ Saturday night dance with Zydeco Rex at Polish Hall
~ Sunday Zydeco Brunch with DJ dance at Tapalaya Restaurant

Full Workshop/Dance/ Brunch package is $70 per person or $65 per person if registered as a lead/follow combination. Ala carte options are available. Visit photos from the 2016 Workshop Weekend.

The Saturday night dance will be open to the public with a $12 cover.

Registration is now open! Register at any Wednesday night DJ dance or register and pay securily online using the Paypal button below:
$70 for the full weekend, per person, Workshop, Dance, Brunch
$65 per person if you register as a Lead/Follow Combo
$60 for the Workshop only
$20 for the Zydeco Sunday Brunch only

Printable registration form

Registration payment options:

June 10th, Saturday Workshop & Dance
Polish Hall
3832 NE Interstate Ave Portland, OR

June 11th, Sunday Brunch / Dance
Tapalaya Cajun Creole Restaurant
28 NE 28th Ave Portland, OR

Make a Donation

Cascade Zydeco is a 5019(c)3 non-profit association. Your donations are tax deductible and every dollar goes to our mission of keeping Zydeco music and dance alive and well in the Pacific Northwest. Donate securely on line with a credit card or Paypal account, using the button below! Thank you!


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First Wednesday at Eagles Hall

• May 3rd, 2017
with Roland & Janine
East Portland Eagles

Join Roland & Janine for a zydeco lesson at 7:15. Then enjoy dancing to Roland's mix of classic and contemporary zydeco, Cajun, waltz, and blues from 8 - 10pm.

East Portland Eagles
4904 SE Hawthorne Portland, OR

Sunday Zydeco in Vancouver

Penny and Phil






Silver Star Saloon
6718 NE 4th Plain Rd, Vancouver, WA 98661

Sundays, 7 - 9 pm, Free!

Zydeco Social
May 12th
at Viscount Studio
Roland and Janine


Every second Friday of the month, Roland and Janine host a friendly, laid back night of zydeco at Viscount Studio.

Second Friday Zydeco Social 8 - 10:30pm

Viscount Studio
720 SE Sandy Blvd
Portland, Oregon

All ages welcome, $5


The best on-line resource for Portland dance information now lists Cajun/Zydeco events under the letter Z!

Cascade Zydeco photos on Flickr

Past Issues of the CZ Newsletter


Cascade Zydeco
TooLoose Cajun Band
New Iberians

Seattle and National

Gatorboy Productions

NW Zydeco Cajun Connection

National Zydeco & Swing