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Cajun and Zydeco dance enthusiasts who want to keep the music of Louisiana alive and thriving in Atlanta have joyfully formed the Atlanta Cajun Zydeco Association. Everybody loves a party! And what better way to “Let the Good Times Roll” than with a Cajun two-step or a Zydeco syncopated slide? If you play well with others and are looking for the chance to get your groove on, this is the place for you. Welcome. Links to recent stories describing the fun are below.

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Upcoming Events

Picture of BandSATURDAY - February 13  –

ACZA Presents Tardi Gras Dance with Kevin Naquin & the Ossun Playboys

at The Dorothy Benson Center

6500 Vernon Woods Drive
Sandy Springs, Ga 30328

6:30-7:15 PM Free Intermediate Cajun Lesson with Jim Bird & Bonnie Lunceford

7:15-8 PM Free Beginner Cajun lesson with Don Baggett and Amanda Robinson

Dance from 8 - 11 PM

$18/$5 students/$14 ACZA members and Active Duty Military

Kevin Naquin & the Ossun Playboys have not been back to Atlanta since 2009! A darling of the Cajun French Music Association, Kevin has won awards for best vocalist, best Cajun band, record & song of the year. You are sure to be blown away by this energetic group of highly respected musicians For more information about this band, visit their website at Kevin Naquin & the Ossun Playboys . For a live slice of the band please watch this youtube video from 2010 Festivals Acadiens et Creoles T'as Jamais Satisfait- Kevin Naquin & The Ossun Playboys at Festivals Acadiens et Creoles 2010. Authentic Cajun food for sale from Fusions Catering. Please Note: No Bar.

      Future ACZA dances with Louisiana Bands at Dorothy Benson Multipurpose Facility

SATURDAY, March  12 - ACZA Lil' Malcolm & the House Rockers
SATURDAY, April  9 - ACZA Tenth Anniversary party with Dennis Stroughmatt & Creole Stomp
SATURDAY, May  21 - Mardi Gras in May Festival in Atlanta (Curley Taylor) details to be announced

      ACZA Live Louisiana Dance Location!!

Picture of BandDorothy Benson Multipurpose Center

6500 Vernon Woods Drive, Sandy Springs, GA 30328 (Map )

Phone: 404-613-4900

Please read the Announcement from the ACZA President.

      ACZA Discount Rate at Microtel

Picture of Band Microtel has generously given us a discount for our bands and out-of-town friends. Just ask for the ACZA rate when you reserve your room. Contact Microtel Inn & Suites, 6280 Peachtree Dunwoody Road Atlanta GA 30328, (678)781-4000, and ask for the ACZA rate.

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A Zydeco Tradition ends - Slim Y-Ki-Ki's Closing after 69 years. Slim Y-Ki-Ki

Horses and music - celebrating the zydeco tradition in America's Deep South. An article from BBC News Louisiana's Creole cowboys: Celebrating the zydeco tradition

The ACZA exists to share the Creole and Cajun culture of Southwest Louisiana. From the New York Times: On the Trail of a Creole Music Pioneer, Still Alive in Song .

We are excited that we can share recent discussions and video of Zydeco in Atlanta featuring Anthony Lewis, Sharon Bishop and John Robinson from a recent Zydeco Dance. Here is the Link. These were originally on the AIB Metro program. Posting rights specifically granted by written permission. For more information about the AIB Metro program, visit www.aibtv.com.

Beau Jocque is my favorite Zydeco Player. Ever since I became involved in Zydeco I have wanted to see a Robert Mugge movie entitled Kingdom of Zydeco starring Beau Jocque and Boozo Chavis. It is on the web for a limited time. It also has Richard of Richard's club, El Sido of El Sido, Nathan Williams, John Delafose, as well as personal interviews. I have thoroughly enjoyed it. It is out of print. If interested, please visit Kingdom of Zydeco.

I came across this video that promotes Jeffrey Broussard, but also involves Buckwheat Zydeco, Steve Riley, Terrence Simeon. It is a good introduction for those who know no zydeco. If you look real closely you will notice Cherri Mullenix, one of our dance instructors in the video. If interested, please visit Jeffrey Broussard.

More ACZA News Links !!!

Click here for Cajun/Zydeco Dance Community Links !!!

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ACZA, Inc is a volunteer-run 501(c)3 tax-exempt non-profit corporation in Georgia dedicated to promoting and educating the public about the dance, music, and culture of the Cajun and Creole peoples of Louisiana. For more information, please e-mail us at info@aczadance.org.