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
Secret Society Ballroom

Dance to Classic & Contemporary Zydeco, Cajun, Blues, Swing & Waltz
DJ'd nights & Live music nights
Zydeco lesson 7pm
Dancing 7:30 - 10pm
Secret Society Ballroom
116 NE Russell St • Portland, OR



Wednesday, April 17th
, Live music
Swamp Thang!
Swampy soul & rock n roll in the zydeco tradition

CZ members $12, General $15
Age 21+


Wednesday, April 24th, NO Zydeco
Secret Society is hosting a special event


Wednesday, May 1st, 8th & 15th, DJ Zydeco nights
Rotating host/instructors bring their hand-curated playlists for your dancing pleasure
CZ members $8, General $10
Age 21+

Wednesday, May 22nd, Live music
Swamp Thang!

Swampy soul & rock n roll in the zydeco tradition
CZ members $12, General $15
Age 21+


Wednesday, May 29th, Live music
New Iberians

NW Inflected Zydeco/Blues
$10
Age 21+


Wednesday, June 5th, DJ Zydeco night
Rotating host/instructors bring their hand-curated playlists for your dancing pleasure
CZ members $8, General $10
Age 21+


Wednesday, June 12th, Live music
Too Loose Cajun Zydeco Band

Portland's own Louisiana Dance Hall music
CZ members $12, General $15
Age 21+

MORE ZYDECO & CAJUN EVENTS IN PORTLAND & VANCOUVER

FIRST FRIDAY ZYDECO SOCIAL

FRIDAY, MAY 3RD
Hosted by Janine & Roland Jemersen
Lesson & dancing
Viscount Studio
720 SE Sandy Blvd
Portland, OR

$8, All ages
8:00 - 10:30pm 

SECOND SUNDAY CAJUN JAM

FRIDAY, MAY 12TH
Bring your instruments and dancing shoes. Everyone is welcome.
Email Tia Regan at
[email protected]
for location information or to get on the mailing list
1 - 3:30, All ages
Free

LUCKY BEAUCOUP & TRASHCAN JOE

SATURDAY, MAY 10TH
Alberta St Pub
Cajun Flavored Country Blues

Alberta Street Pub
1036 NE Alberta Street
Portland, OR

9pm
$10, Age 21+

FIRST FRIDAY ZYDECO SOCIAL

FRIDAY, JUNE 7TH
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


2019 Waterfront Blues Festival
July 4 - 7, 2019
Tom McCall Waterfront Park Portland, Oregon

Every year Cascade Zydeco gathers Blues Fest donations from the community, businesses, and our members and friends to help support the great music that we all enjoy at Waterfront Blues Fest . Some of the 2019 lineup...

Chubby Carrier & the Bayou Swamp Band
Curley Taylor & Zydeco Trouble
Foufollet
Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue
Cyril Neville
and so much more...


But, we need YOU to help keep Blues Fest healthy and solvent. It's all about enjoying the music and the dancing together!

You can make your donation to the Cascade Zydeco Blues Festival Fund at any Cascade Zydeco event or donate on line with your Paypal account or using a debit or credit card. Every penny we receive goes to the Blues Festival to keep the music coming.
There will be opportunities to volunteer at Blues Fest - watch for news to come - but, right now, make your donation share the love. Et toi!
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.