Cascade Zydeco is a 501(c)3 Non-Profit Association dedicated to bringing Zydeco and Cajun music and dance to our community.
Happy New Year to everyone out there in Zydeco Land! The New Year is the time we get reflective about the year past and ponder what is coming up next.
We had a lot of fun in 2013 including Urban Dance Camp, the Swamp Romp at the Blues Festival, spreading the gospel of zydeco at several new places, seeing more of Too Loose and lots of Curley Taylor! We had challenges too: we had to make a quick move when our venue was sold and the board did a great job finding us a new dance space.
Like any community we had sorrows as well. We mourned the loss of two lovely gentlemen in our dance community. Rest in peace Rick and Tom. We like to imagine you dancing in the afterlife…
More change comes our way with the need to move one more time. In order to be good stewards of our resources, we felt it wise to pursue other options when our venue rental increased to an unsustainable level. Starting in February 2014 we will be moving to First Wednesdays at the Alberta Street Pub and all other Wednesdays each month at Polish Hall (see the story to your right for details).
We are hard at work with the changes needed with the new move, maintaining the volunteers needed to run our weekly lessons/dances and special events and planning ahead for bringing in bands and a spring workshop weekend with a band from Louisiana. Stay tuned!
Most of all I want to wish you all Happy New Year and thank you for your support! Special thanks to our awesome board members Amy, Patty, Gabe, Marie, Ben, Angie, Vicky and Jeanette as well as our band and instructor coordinator, Roland.
How can you help us? Volunteer to cover a 15 minute shift at the front door, join Cascade Zydeco or renew your membership and share the good news about Cascade Zydeco with friends. We need you! It takes a village to get your zydeco needs fulfilled.
Here’s hoping you make a New Year’s resolution to get out on the dance floor more in 2014. We will see you there!
Join us March 5, 2014
Dance to live music from Sunset, Louisiana with the authentic zydeco sound of Curley Taylor and Zydeco Trouble. Curley and his band bring lots of Louisiana music to the stage, flavored with the blues, soul and, of course, Zydeco. This music is tailor-made for dancing. Alberta Street Pub will be opening their side patio for us, effectively doubling the dance floor.
Watch Curley and the band at the Feed and Seed in Lafayette, Louisiana.
$15 includes the lesson
7:15 - 8pm Zydeco Lesson
8 - 10:00pm Dance
Curley's wife, Rachel, was recently treated for cancer. She is doing well, but the Taylors were left with some very big medical bills. Donations are being accepted until March 31, 2014. Visit the donation website.
Reo's Ribs on Powell
11140 Southeast Powell Boulevard, Portland, OR
Saturday, March 22
Lesson 7:15 to 8pm
Dance 8 - 11pm
Join Cascade Zydeco and the TooLoose Cajun Zydeco Band at Reo's Ribs on Powell for dancing and "Comfort Soul Food and Smokin' Grills." There's a wood dance floor and off street parking. Myra says you can park across the street at the church if their lot fills up.
This is a brand new venue for Cascade Zydeco and Reo and Myra are excited to have us. So bring your friends and enjoys some delicious barbecue along with your dancing.
Age 21+ after 9 pm.
Norse Hall, 111 NE 11th, Portland, OR
Bar will be open
Dance 7:15 to 11pm
Unleash your best zydeco, swing, blues, waltz, and all your other fabulous moves to two great Louisiana style bands: TooLoose Cajun/Zydeco Band and The Fais Do Do All Stars, featuring Reggie Houston, Paul Brainard, Peter Dammann, Steven Kerin and Jeff Evans.
All ages welcome!
On ordinary FIRST Wednesdays of the month (when we're not hosting a live band) Roland and Janine Jemerson teach a zydeco lesson at Alberta Street Pub from 7:15 to 8pm. Then you can dance until 10pm to Roland's zydeco playlist. Full bar and restaurant, great dance floor. Ages 21 and over only after 8pm.
7:15 - 8pm Zydeco Lesson
8 - 10:00pm Dance to recorded music
Admission on DJ nights $6 general and $4 for CZ members includes the lesson ___________________________________
Every Wednesday night (except the first Wednesday when we're at Alberta Street Pub) Cascade Zydeco hosts a friendly, welcoming, relaxed DJ dance at the Polish Hall, 3832 N Interstate Avenue.
Dance on a beautiful floor and enjoy the ample off street parking around the back of the building. Turn on Overlook Blvd and park behind Kaiser. Enter through the side door on Failing Street.
All ages are welcome!
Feel free to bring your own water bottle or soft drinks or purchase water there for just $1. And for those wanting to have an adult beverage, The Alibi Restaurant and Lounge is just one block north of Polish Hall on Interstate Avenue.
7:15 - 8pm Zydeco Lesson for beginners
8 - 10:00 pm Dance to recorded music
Admission $6 general and $4 for CZ members includes the lesson
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