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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

      ACZA is Moving To A New Location (the Dorothy Benson Multipurpose Center) On May 2!!

Dorothy Benson Multipurpose Center

6500 Vernon Woods Drive, Sandy Springs, GA 30328;

Phone: 404-613-4900

Please read the Announcement from the ACZA President.

Picture of BandSATURDAY - March 7 –

Zydeco Ya-Ya

Knights of Columbus Post 660

2620 Buford Highway, Atlanta, GA 30324 (Map )
Intermediate lesson from 6:30-7:15 PM Whiskey River Jitterbug with Anthony Lewis & Bonnie Lunceford ; Beginner's lesson from 7:15-8:00 PM with Don Baggett & Amanda Robinson ;

Dance from 8-11 PM;

$18 / $5 students / $14 ACZA members

In early 2013, a bunch of us heard that a band called Zydeco Ya-Ya was playing in Decatur, and decided to check them out. We fell in love! The rhythms, the variety, and the musicians' infectious personalities made the night memorable. We found out that the founder of Zydeco Ya-Ya, Trent Van Blaricom was also one of the original Atlanta Swamp Opera members. Peter Chakales knows his way around a drum kit, and Phillip Ashley plays that bass like it's his best friend. ACZA has already welcomed Jean Pruitt and Don Cowan with their band Carolina Gator Gumbo; they'll be joining Trent and the fellas as they play that funky Zydeco music for us. For more about the band, see the band's web page. Authentic Cajun food for sale from Fusions Catering & Cash Bar.

      Last dance with Louisiana Bands at Knights of Columbus

SATURDAY, March  28 - ACZA - Roux du Bayou

      First dance with Louisiana Bands at Dorothy Benson Multipurpose Facility (Map )

SATURDAY, May  2 - ACZA - Curley Taylor & Zydeco Trouble

      Future dances with Pot Luck Dinner at Garden Hills. A Map

SUNDAY, April  19 - ACZA CD dance

      For ACZA Out of Town Guests

ACZA rate at the Microtel, where our bands stay.

It's about a mile from the KoC. Rates are $52.99 single, $62.99 double, and $72.99 suite.

Contact Microtel Inn & Suites, 1840 Corporate Blvd, Atlanta, GA 30329, 404-325-4446, and ask for the ACZA rate.

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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 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.