CASCADE ZYDECO

zy·de·co, noun.
Popular music of southern Louisiana that combines French dance melodies, elements of Caribbean music, and the blues, played by small groups featuring the guitar, the accordion, and a washboard. [From Louisiana French, possibly alteration of Les haricots (sont pas salé), name of a song, pl. of French haricot, bean.]

What is Cascade Zydeco?
Cascade Zydeco, located in Portland, Oregon, has been a 501(c)3 Oregon non-profit association since 1999, with members from all over the USA. Members enjoy discounts and dance up a sweat at the annual Cascade Zydeco BBQ/Picnic.

Cascade Zydeco
• Sponsors Wednesday night dances with both DJ'd and Live Music
• Offers weekly dance lessons
• Hosts special Zydeco and Cajun music events and dance workshops
• Shares Zydeco and Cajun event news in the community with a weekly newsletter and Facebook page
• Helps support the Portland Waterfront Blues Festival

We welcome dancers at all experience levels and our sole purpose is sharing our love of Louisiana-style music and dance. Et toi!

VOLUNTEERS Cascade Zydeco exists and thrives entirely because of the time and energy of numerous volunteers, ensuring that Zydeco music and dance continue to flourish in the Pacific Northwest.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT ZYDECO
Join Cascade Zydeco on Wednesday nights for a lesson and dancing. Our instructors are all long-term members of the zydeco family. They'll get you started with this most joyful of dances.

You don't need to bring a partner, just bring a friendly smile.

Most Cascade Zydeco dances are held at the historic Secret Society Ballroom, but CZ also hosts special events at other locations around Portland and Vancouver. Watch the calendar!

Drop in once, become a regular!

Wednesday Night Zydeco
DJ'd Dances at Secret Society Ballroom
March 13th & March 20th

Dance to Classic & Contemporary Zydeco, Cajun, Blues, Swing & Waltz
Zydeco lesson 7pm
DJ'd dancing 7:30 - 10pm
Secret Society Ballroom
116 NE Russell St • Portland, OR
CZ members $8, General $10
Age 21+

SWAMP THANG!
Wednesday, March 27th
Wednesday, April 17th
Wednesday, May 22nd
Wednesday, June 26th

Swampy Soul & Rock n Roll in the Zydeco Tradition
Zydeco lesson 7pm
Band plays 7:30 - 10pm
Secret Society Ballroom
116 NE Russell St • Portland, OR
CZ members $12, General $15
Age 21+

TOO LOOSE CAJUN ZYDECO BAND
Wednesday, April 10th
Wednesday, June 12th

Louisiana Dance Hall Music
Zydeco lesson 7pm
Band plays 7:30 - 10pm
Secret Society Ballroom
116 NE Russell St • Portland, OR
CZ members $12, General $15
Age 21+

MORE ZYDECO & CAJUN EVENTS IN PORTLAND & VANCOUVER

LOVE FOR KAREN BENEFIT

SUNDAY, MARCH 24TH
Benefit for Karen Lovely
Featuring Ben Rice, Rae Gordon, Bayou Boyz, Michael Osborn, Too Loose Cajun Zydeco Band, Kris Deelane & others
Noon to 5:30pm
Mekong Bistro
8200 NE Siskyou St
$15, Includes silent auction & raffle

NEW IBERIANS ZYDECO BLUES BAND

FRIDAY, MARCH 29TH
NW Inflected Zydeco/Blues

Montavilla Station
417 SE 80th St
Portland, OR

8pm, Ages 21+
ZYDECO LESSONS IN THE 'COUV

SATURDAY, MARCH 30TH
Van City Ballroom
Saturday Night Dance
1307 NE 78th St
Vancouver, WA

Zydeco Lesson 7:00 - 7:30
DJ'd mix of zydeco, ballroom, Latin, swing music for dancing
7:30 - 10pm
$8, all ages

FIRST FRIDAY ZYDECO SOCIAL

Friday, April 5th
Hosted by Janine & Roland Jemersen
Lesson & dancing
Viscount Studio
720 SE Sandy Blvd

Portland, OR
$8, All ages
8:00 - 10:30pm 

WATERFRONT BLUES FESTIVAL

JULY 4 - 7, 2019
Chubby Carrier & the Zydeco Swamp Band
Curley Taylor & Zydeco Trouble
Feufollet Cajun Band
Tom McCall Waterfront Park
Get the latest Blues Fest updates

Our 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.