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NOTE: Cajun and Zydeco music schedules are now located at www.arnb.org/editions.php

  • Saturdays 10am-2pm on WSLA 1560 AM Slidell/N.O. - listen to webcast at wslaradio.com with Kateri Yager Laborde (985) 643-1560
  • Sundays noon-2pm on WWOZ 90.7 FM New Orleans - listen to webcast at www.wwoz.org with Charles Laborde (504) 568-1234
  • Sundays 7pm-9pm on KLSU 91.1 FM Baton Rouge - listen to webcast at www.klsuradio.fm Request line: (225) 578-5578
This is located at www.cajunradio.org/neworleanscajunzydeco.html

New Orleans Cajun and Zydeco Dance Classes:

Zydeco Dance Classes in New Orleans
Darrell teaches a series of zydeco dance classes in New Orleans. Find out when the next series starts and pre-register by contacting Darrell at ZydecoDanceNOLA@hotmail.com or call (504)465-9591 (evenings). Classes are held at ChicKie Wah Wah which is a music club at 2828 Canal Street.

Cajun and Zydeco Dance Classes in Slidell on Mondays Zydeco-Cajun Dance Productions LLC, Tooloula's, 4808 Pontchartrain Drive, Slidell, LA 70458-5800 Lessons with Glenn and Lori are held every Monday from 6:30PM - 8:30PM in Slidell, Louisiana. We teach Cajun Jitterbug, Zydeco and Cajun Two Step. Pre Registration is REQUIRED. $40 for a series of 4 classes (2 hrs per class). Check out our website for more info: www.zydecocajundancelessons.com Info: 985-710-3063

Cajun and Zydeco Dance Classes in Metairie on Tuesdays Zydeco-Cajun Dance Productions LLC, Zeke's Restaurant, 1517 Metairie Road, Metairie, LA 70005-3938 Lessons with Glenn and Lori are held every Tuesday from 6:30PM - 8:30PM in Metairie, Louisiana. We teach Cajun Jitterbug, Zydeco and Cajun Two Step. Pre Registration is REQUIRED. $40 for a series of 4 classes (2 hrs per class). Check out our website for more info: www.zydecocajundancelessons.com Info: 985-710-3063

Clarence recommends:
New Orleans legendary Bruce Daigrepont cajun band plays from 5:30pm-9pm every Sunday at Tipitina's. It is located at 501 Napoleon Ave, New Orleans, LA 70115-1546. Admission $7 Info: (504) 895-8477

Welcome to Clarence's hobby website of the schedule of New Orleans Cajun music and New Orleans Zydeco music events. Cajun and Zydeco dancing in New Orleans Louisiana is a great way to enjoy our unique heritage. On this website, you will find current up to date information on cajun and zydeco events in New Orleans. There are many New Orleans live music nightclubs and music clubs to choose from. Have a bon temp cher! This Zydeco New Orleans and Cajun New Orleans schedule is a community service of Clarence the cajun DJ.

New Orleans Cajun and Zydeco Events in 2011:
Here are some general notes about cajun New Orleans.

New Orleans Cajun and zydeco dancer Dave John has a web site containing dance photos at cjndncr.com

Mulate's of New Orleans is open every night (approx. 7:00-10:00 p.m.). They have the following live music: LaTOUCHE' every Monday, Thursday and Friday; LEE BENOIT every Tuesday and Wednesday; BAYOU DeVILLE every Sat. and Sunday. Schedule is subject to change. Free with dinner.

Rock 'n Bowl in New Orleans has Zydeco bands every Thursday. $10.

Tipitinas, a classic New Orleans music hall, has BRUCE DAIGREPONT Cajun Band every Sunday. $7, 5:30-9 p.m.

Michaul's of New Orleans is open Fridays and Saturdays at 6:00 pm for live music and dancing. Free.

The Abita Springs Cajun Dance is held monthly in Abita Springs, LA, $8, lessons 7 p.m., band 8-10:30 p.m.

Click for Clarence's Info on New Orleans Mardi Gras 2011 parade schedules and routes.



Abita Springs Cajun Dances are sponsored by the Northshore Cajun Dancers
These live music dances are open to the public. Directions: From New Orleans, cross Causeway and continue north of 190 to I-12 (approx 4 miles). Turn right (east) towards Slidell. Go approximately 2 miles to Exit 65 (that's LA 59). Turn left (north) on LA 59 about 4 miles and you will be in Abita Springs. Go past red light and the Town Hall is about 2 blocks on left side of street. A large empty lot for parking is across the street. If you are coming from West or East on I-12, get off on LA 59 and go north approx 4 miles to Abita Springs.

Michaul's Cajun Music Restaurant is located at
840 Saint Charles Avenue in the Warehouse District.
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
(504) 522-5517 1-800-854-9149 or 504-522-1492 or 504-522-5517 800-563-4055

D.B.A. Nightclub in New Orleans
is located at 618 Frenchman Street, New Orleans, Louisiana 70116 between Royal and Chartres Streets, in the Fauberg Marigny District. It features live music in New Orleans.

Mulate's Cajun Restaurant
is located at 201 Julia St., New Orleans, LA 70130.
Phone: 1-800-854-9149 or 504-522-1492
Mulate's of New Orleans is a Cajun Restaurant that features authentic Cajun cuisine and live New Orleans Cajun music and dancing nightly. Mulate's is located across the street from the Convention Center and the Riverwalk. Mulate's cajun restaurant has cajun bands every night of the week (approx. 7:00-10:00 p.m.) with bands: LaTOUCHE' every Monday, Thursday and Friday; LEE BENOIT every Tuesday and Wednesday; Jonno with Bayou Deville every Sat. and Sunday. Schedule is subject to change. Free with purchase of dinner.

"Mid City Lanes" home of the "Rock 'N' Bowl"
is located at 4133 S. Carrollton Avenue (Tulane and Carrollton).
New Orleans, LA (504) 482-3133
This club features New Orleans Zydeco music on Thursday nights and some Saturday nights. This is a bowling alley where you can bowl in addition to dancing to zydeco music in New Orleans. $10

The Apple Barrel - no website
is located at 609 Frenchmen St., New Orleans, LA (504) 949-9399.

Cajun Cabin live music hall
is located at 501 Bourbon Street
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130.
(504) 529-4256
Open 7 nights a week with Cajun food and live music

Patout's Cajun Corner
is located next to Patout's Bourbon Street.
501 Bourbon Street
New Orleans, Louisiana
Phone: (504) 529-4256

La Strada's
is located at 440 Bourbon Street.
New Orleans, La 70130

Maple Leaf (no website)
is located at 8316 Oak St. (Uptown)
New Orleans, Louisiana.
Phone: (504) 866-9359

Tipitina's (Uptown)
is located at 501 Napoleon Ave. New Orleans.
Phone: (504) 895-8477 Map and directions
New Orleans Cajun music is presented on most Sundays at Tipitina's New Orleans at 5:00 pm.
Music is usually by The Bruce Daigrepont Cajun Band unless they are touring. Bruce Daigrepont is a legendary New Orleans cajun band.

Tipitina's (French Quarter)
is located at 233 N. Peters Ave.
New Orleans, Louisiana.
Phone: (504) 566-7062

The Four Columns (West Bank - across the river)
is located at 3711 Westbank Expressway.
Phone: (504) 340-4109

Bayou Barn
is located in the Jean Lafitte area near New Orleans, Louisiana.
512K, Hwy 45 Lafitte, LA. 70072
1-(800) TO-BAYOU


View Clarence's Baton Rouge Cajun Music and Zydeco Schedule.
Clarence's New Orleans Cajun Music and Zydeco Music Dance Schedule.

New Orleans Street Jazz music can trace its roots back to Congo Square in New Orleans in 1835, when slaves would congregate there to play music and dance on Sundays. While more accurately described at that time as African music, the area and activity laid forth the groundwork for the art form to come. Jazz is often associated with the expression of freedom for this very reason, for the music was birthed from these festivities each week where slaves were permitted to express themselves despite oppression. By 1838 the local paper�the daily Picayune�ran a scathing article complaining about the emergence of brass bands in the city, which it stated could be found on every corner.[1] In 1885 local authorities tried to outlaw such expression in the square, though the restriction was not long-lived.
By the 1890s a man by the name of Poree hired a band led by cornetist Buddy Bolden, whom jazz historians consider to be the first prominent jazz musician. The music was not called jazz at this time, consisting of marching band music with brass instruments and dancing. If anything, Bolden could be said to have been a blues player. The actual term "jazz" was first "jass", the etymology of which is still not entirely clear. It is believed that the connotation is sexual in nature, as many of the early performers played in the prostitution district known as Storyville in New Orleans. The instruments used were often acquired second-hand at pawn shops, where members of the military would often sell their marching band instruments.
During this period ragtime was becoming very popular in the United States, and New Orleans musicians began to incorporate the music with an uptempo beat. It should be said that the Creole people of New Orleans also contributed greatly to the evolution of the artform, though their own music became heavily influenced by the pioneering work of Bolden. New Orleans-born musicians such as Louis Armstrong, Sidney Bechet and Jelly Roll Morton all recalled the influence Bolden had on the direction of the music of New Orleans, and jazz itself.[2]
New Orleans Second line music:
The use of brass marching bands came long before jazz music through their use in the military, though in New Orleans many of the best-known musicians had their start in brass marching bands performing dirges as well as celebratory and upbeat tunes for New Orleans jazz funeral processions from the 1890s onward. The tradition drove onward with musicians such as Louis Armstrong, Henry "Red" Allen and King Oliver. The presence of marching bands lives on today in The Big Easy, with musicians such as the Marsalis family doing some of their earliest work in such bands.[4]
Much of New Orleans music today owes its debt to the early marching bands, even those marching bands which predate the birth of jazz music. In the late 1800s marching bands would often march through the streets of the city in second line parades. Some of the earliest bands originated from the Trem� neighborhood, and the city gave birth to such bands as the Excelsior, Onward and Olympia brass bands. The Onward and Olympia bands each have sustained incarnations that continue performing to this day. Modern examples of the brass band tradition can be heard in the playing of groups like the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, or the Rebirth Brass Band led by trumpeter Kermit Ruffins.[5]
The history of the marching band in New Orleans is a rich one, with the various bands performing at virtually every major social event the city has to offer. They perform at funerals, picnics, carnivals and parades. The relationship between jazz bands and brass bands is one of co-influence. Jazz bands of this era began to go beyond the confines of the 6/8 time signature the marching bands utilized. Instead, New Orleans jazz bands began incorporating a style known as "ragging"; this technique implemented the influence of ragtime 2/4 meter and eventually led to improvisation. In turn, the early jazz bands of New Orleans influenced the playing of the marching bands, who in turn began to improvise themselves more often. Again, yet another indication that jazz music is symbolic of freedom.[6]

New Orleans Dixieland music
�Paul Barnes referring to the Original Dixieland Band.[7] The term dixieland was first coined by Dan Emmett in his song Dixie's Land in 1859, in reference to the slave trader Jonathan Dixie. It was not a positive term for African-Americans, as its usage defined any area of the south where slaves had not yet received emancipation. Dixieland music can be defined in a number of ways, though its origin is to be found in New Orleans, present first in the music of King Oliver. It quickly spread north and became popularized along with the migragtion of southern blacks to areas like Chicago. Today the term is used in reference to the music, which provides a general description of any form of jazz that is derived from early New Orleans jazz.[8]
The term dixieland is generally not used very much by New Orleans-based musicians, for there is good evidence that the term was imposed on them. For instance, the first band to actually use the term in reference to the music in their name was the all-white Original Dixieland Band. Now generally this band is viewed favorably by black and white musicians alike for conveying the early sound of jazz in New Orleans, though that sentiment is not universal. This band played no small role in the coinage of the term dixieland in reference to jazz in New Orleans, though they were certainly not the innovators of the music. The only true barrier this band broke was being the first to record New Orleans music, which happened in New York City of all places in 1917. It should be noted that despite the criticism Paul Barnes made about them, he also said that they had a "first class band".[7]


New Orleans has many major attractions, from the world-renowned French Quarter and Bourbon Street's notorious nightlife to St. Charles Avenue (home of Tulane and Loyola Universities, the historic Pontchartrain Hotel, and many 19th century mansions), to Magazine Street, with its many boutique stores and antique shops.

French Quarter, 2001According to current travel guides, New Orleans is one of the top ten most visited cities in the United States - 10.1 million visitors came to New Orleans in 2004, and the city was on pace to break that level of visitation in 2005.[35][36] Prior to Katrina there were 265 hotels with 38,338 rooms in the Greater New Orleans Area. In May 2007, there were over 140 hotels and motels in operation with over 31,000 rooms.[37]

A CNN poll released in October 2007 ranked New Orleans first in eight categories, behind only New York City, which ranked first in 15. According to the poll, New Orleans is the best U.S. city for live music, cocktail hours, flea markets, antique shopping, nightlife, "wild weekends," "girlfriend getaways," and cheap food. The city also ranked second for gay friendliness, overall food and dining, friendliness of residents, and people-watching, behind San Francisco, California, Chicago, Illinois, Charleston, South Carolina, and New York City, respectively. However, among the top 25 U.S. travel destinations as established by the poll, the city was voted last in terms of safety and cleanliness and near the bottom as a family vacation destination.[38]

The French Quarter (known locally as "the Quarter" or Vieux Carr�), which dates from the French and Spanish eras and is bounded by the Mississippi River, Rampart Street, Canal Street, and Esplanade Avenue, contains many popular hotels, bars, and nightclubs. Notable tourist attractions in the Quarter include Bourbon Street, Jackson Square, St. Louis Cathedral, the French Market (including Caf� du Monde, famous for caf� au lait and beignets), and Preservation Hall. To tour the port, one can ride the Natchez, an authentic steamboat with a calliope which cruises the Mississippi the length of the city twice daily. The city's many beautiful cemeteries and their distinct above-ground tombs are often attractions in themselves, the oldest and most famous of which, Saint Louis Cemetery, greatly resembles P�re Lachaise in Paris.

Mule-drawn carriage entering Royal StreetAlso located in the French Quarter is the old New Orleans Mint, a former branch of the United States Mint which now operates as a museum, and The Historic New Orleans Collection, a museum and research center housing art and artifacts relating to the history of New Orleans and the Gulf South. The National World War II Museum, opened in the Warehouse District in 2000 as the "National D-Day Museum,", is dedicated to providing information and materials related to the allied invasion of Normandy, France. Nearby Confederate Memorial Hall, the oldest continually operating museum in Louisiana (although under renovation since Katrina), contains the second-largest collection of Confederate memorabilia in the world. Art museums in the city include the Contemporary Arts Center, the New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA) in City Park, and the Ogden Museum of Southern Art.

New Orleans also boasts a decidedly natural side. It is home to the Audubon Nature Institute (which consists of Audubon Park, the Audubon Zoo, the Aquarium of the Americas, and the Audubon Insectarium), as well as gardens that include Longue Vue House and Gardens and the New Orleans Botanical Garden. City Park, one of the country's most expansive and visited urban parks, has one of the largest (if not the largest) stands of oak trees in the world.

There are also various points of interest in the surrounding areas. Many wetlands are in close proximity to the city, including Honey Island Swamp. Chalmette Battlefield and National Cemetery, located just south of the city, is the site of the 1815 Battle of New Orleans.

Cajun cuisine (in French: Cuisine Acadienne) originates from the French-speaking Acadian or "Cajun" immigrants deported by the British from Acadia in Canada to the Acadiana region of Louisiana, USA. It is what could be called a rustic cuisine � locally available ingredients predominate, and preparation is simple. An authentic Cajun meal is usually a three-pot affair, with one pot dedicated to the main dish, one dedicated to steamed rice, skillet cornbread, or some other grain dish, and the third containing whatever vegetable is plentiful or available.

The aromatic vegetables bell pepper, onion, and celery are called by some chefs the holy trinity of Cajun cuisine. Finely diced and combined in cooking, the method is similar to the use of the mire poix in traditional French cuisine � which blends finely diced onion, celery, and carrot. Characteristic seasonings include parsley, bay leaf, "onion tops" or scallions, and dried cayenne pepper. The overall feel of the cuisine is more Mediterranean than North American.

Cajun cuisine developed out of necessity. The Acadian refugees, farmers rendered destitute by the British expulsion, had to learn to live off the land and adapted their French rustic cuisine to local (i.e. Louisiana) ingredients such as rice, crawfish, and sugar cane. Many households were large, consisting of eight to twelve people; thus, regardless what other vocations may have been followed by the head of household, most families also farmed. Feeding a large family, all of whose members did hard physical work every day, required a lot of food. Cajun cuisine grew out of supplementing rice with white meat, game or other proteins were available such as crawfish or any other type of river creature.

There is a common misconception outside of south Louisiana that Cajun food is hot and spicy. An authentic Cajun dish will usually have a bit of a "kick" but will not be eye-wateringly hot. The Cajun cook does not seek to overpower the dish with simple heat � this is done by the diner at the table if they so wish. Cayenne pepper is the predominant choice of heat during preparation, though the tabasco pepper , ground black pepper, and to a lesser extent white pepper, are used as well.

Cajun dishes prepared outside of Louisiana are often hotter and more heavily seasoned than their Louisiana counterparts, missing the flavor of the original dishes. Even andouille sausage, mild and smoky in Louisiana, gets the pepper treatment elsewhere. This is partially a result of the "Cajun" foods craze of the 1980s, when Cajun-style seasoning was popularized by chef Paul Prudhomme's creation of the very spicy dish called Blackened Redfish at his New Orleans restaurant "K-Paul's". It is also a result of recent "extreme" food fads, where many items are hotter than the originals.

Outside of southern Louisiana, foods prepared using Cajun-style seasoning are called Cajun, including some decidedly non-Cajun dishes such as red beans and rice, and blackened redfish. Sometimes the label is applied incorrectly to any dish including traditional Cajun ingredients such as cayenne pepper, or merely as a slogan, as in McDonalds' "Spicy Cajun McChicken".

Chefs trained in Louisiana, as well as Louisiana raised chefs can and do duplicate the original tastes successfully elsewhere, especially since the advent of mail-order ingredient deliveries. However, the buyer should beware that what may be a perfectly palatable dish may not be strictly "authentic".

Cajun cuisine is sometimes confused with Creole cuisine, and many outside of Louisiana don't make the distinction. Creole is more city � urban, cosmopolitan, and inspired by the French, Spanish, African, and Italian influences of New Orleans � while Cajun dishes have more of a French influence, filtered through common (to Louisiana) ingredients and techniques. This matter is complicated by the sharing of several dishes between the cuisines, including gumbo, gumbo z'herbes (a vegetarian gumbo), seafood � l'�touff�e, and jambalaya, although New Orleans jambalaya and gumbo are prepared differently from their Cajun counterparts.

Further complicating this is that the term Creole is used to designate several somewhat distinct New Orleans food cultures. So-called 'haute-creole' cuisine was influenced in the past few decades by Cajun food as Creole restaurants such as Commander's Palace and K-Paul's created a distinct "Cajun-Creole fusion" cuisine combining Cajun flavors with Creole ingredients and preparation. Dishes rooted primarily in the New Orleans metropolitan area such as po'-boys, barbecued shrimp, or red beans and rice are in general Creole, not Cajun, as are most dishes involving a cream sauce or the French mother sauces.

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