Cascade Zydeco is a 501(c)3 Non-Profit Association dedicated to bringing Zydeco and Cajun music and dance to our community.
We wrapped up and tied in a pretty (hot & sweaty) bow another Swamp Romp at the Portland Waterfront Blues Festival! This annual event is our #1 marketing and outreach activity and THE party that zydeco fans from around the country come to each year. So many people said to me at the festival how much they love our dance community, our welcoming and friendly dancers, the good time and happy vibe. Read about it and watch the video on oregonlive.com
We could not accomplish this without the love and hard work of Dick Brainard, Roland & Janine Jemerson, and the many volunteers who staffed the booth, taught the dance lessons, ran the sound for the lessons, introduced the bands, and helped put up and take down the booth. Look for new dancers at our Wednesday night lessons and DJ dance parties, welcome them and ask them to dance!
Many thanks to outgoing CZ board members; Angie Lindquist and Amy Rosenthal for their service on the board, you will be missed! We are so grateful to returning board members Patty Kadel, Ben Groce, Gabe Farkas, Vicky Ryan Barbur, and Marie Torrillo. We will introduce our new board members at the annual meeting.
I want to say a special thank you to Penny Holeman and Phil Coquillette for hosting weekly Sunday zydeco dance and social time in Vancouver (now on summer hiatus), Roland for coordinating the dance instructors & bands & our front door/set up volunteer angels, Kathy Jones, Angie Lindquist, Roberta Stevens, Susan Farkas, Rick Wiseman and Dave Maggalini! Cascade Zydeco is YOUR community, please get involved!
Et toi my friends, see you on the dance floor!
You loved them last June! Don't miss the encore!
Dwight "Black Cat" Carrier & the Zydeco Ro'Doggs return to Polish Hall, Friday, September 12, 2014, bringing both tradition and a unique style that is infused with his blues and R&B influences.
Polish Hall • 3832 N Interstate Ave • Portland
Lesson 6:45 - 7:30pm
Dance 7:30 - 10:30pm
$15, all ages, includes the lesson
First Wednesday is out. First Friday is in. The FIRST week of every month get your Zydeco on at Viscount Studio with Roland and Janine's First Friday Zydeco Social. Get as much or as little zydeco coaching as you want and have a relaxed evening of dancing with R & J's usual smooth and grounded zydeco groove and great playlist.
The Viscount Studio • 720 SE Sandy Blvd • Portland OR
Dance 7:30 - 10:30pm
$5, all ages welcome
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, there are two dancer-friendly lounges one block north of Polish Hall on Interstate Avenue.
7:15 - 8pm Beginner lesson
8 - 10:00pm Dance to DJ Music
Admission $6 general and $4 for CZ members includes the lesson
Saturday, Sept 13, join Cascade Zydeco and Tom Gallant on Tom's property overlooking the Columbia Gorge. Roland will teach a lesson at 6 and Bon Ton Roulet cranks up the fun at 8pm on Tom's hand made grandstand. Tom will build a bonfire, light tiki torches, and invites y'all to bring potluck food to share, your own beverages, a lawn chair and your dancing feet.
Driving directions to Tom Gallant's property: 1551 Wind Mountain Road, Stevenson, WA. Stevenson is about 50 miles from Portland and Tom's property is 8 miles from town.
Music begins at 8pm
1551 Wind Mt Road
$10 suggested donation
All ages welcome!
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