Cascade Zydeco is a 501(c)3 Non-Profit Association dedicated to bringing Zydeco and Cajun music and dance to our community.
Thanks to about twenty of our dance friends who came out Sunday, August 18, to dance at Vancouver's first ever Sunday Streets Alive!
What can be better than a fine summer day, with a breeze coming off the river, dancing zydeco on a hundred year old gazebo in a national park? Highlights included introducing a couple in bike helmets and two of the national park service staff wearing their Smokey the Bear hats to the joy of zydeco. Oh, and to several little girls that Ken Sargent adorned with Mardi Gras beads! We passed out information about our association and upcoming dances and special events. Outreach is a great opportunity to recruit new members!
As autumn rains start, we look forward to seeing you at the Wednesday night CD dances. Many thanks to all of you came and enjoyed Curley Taylor on Wednesday night September 4th at the Conga Club.
Did you know zydeco dancing is not only fun but good for you in many ways? Recent research concludes that people who dance on a regular basis have a 35-40% decreased risk of developing Alzheimer's as they age. So dust off those shoes and come on out and DANCE with us!
When we're not hosting a live band, you can still get your Zydeco on with our weekly CD dance. (Heads up! Nov 20 is a live band night, so the cost will be $10) Lessons for beginners start at 7:30 and the dancing goes from 8:15 to 10:30. There's a different instructor each week throughout the month with a personal playlist of their favorite songs - lots of zydeco, plus waltz, cajun two step and swing.
Conga Club, 4923 NE MLK Jr Blvd, Portland, Oregon
Zydeco Lesson 7:30 to 8:15 ~ Dance from 8:15 - 10:30
CD dance night admission ~ $6 general admission ~ $4 with a CZ membership
Cascade Zydeco will have a barrel for your donation of non-perishable food for the Oregon Food Bank. Be generous, feed the hungry, and dance your socks off!
7:30 - 8pm Zydeco Lesson by Ken Sargent and Cheré Weiss
8 - 10:30pm Dance to Portland's own Too Loose Cajun Band playing Zydeco, Cajun, Swing, Blues, and Waltz.
$10 at the door includes the lesson
Help long time Cascade Zydeco member, Dick Brainard, celebrate his birthday with the help of the Paul Brainard Super Band at the Alberta Street Pub.
The birthdays are coming fast and furious, so Dick claims that this will be his last public birthday bash. The band features Paul Brainard on pedal steel, rhythm guitar and trumpet, New Orleans transplant Reggie Houston on sax, Rick Obbink from the Too Loose Cajun Band on accordion, Peter Dammann, formerly with the Paul Delay Band, on guitar, and Steve Kerin, originally from Lafayette, Louisiana, on keyboard. Don't be surprised if a few other great musicians show up!
$10 per person contribution will go to the musicians - such a deal for this great combination!
Location: Alberta Street Public House, 1036 NE Alberta Street, Portland, OR completely rebuilt with a fabulous dance floor.
Doors open at 7:00, but you can come early for their great dinner menu. Music and dancing from 7:30 - 10:00 pm.
Tom loved coming to Wednesday dances and Sunday zydeco in Vancouver. He was gentle and low key and always had something sweet to say to every follow.
Join us at Norse Hall, 111 NE 11th, Portland, Oregon, to meet his family and share memories. There will be music, but no dancing. Tom's family would like general idea of how many people to expect, so please email email@example.com to let us know if you plan to attend.
Use PayPal or a credit card, download a printable membership form, or pick one up at a Wednesday night dance. Get a discount on every dance and help bring Zydeco and Cajun music and dance to our community!
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