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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 - June 6 – ACZA Presents Mick Kinney & Friends: Love Notes to Coz Fontenot In Our New Dance Home :

The Dorothy Benson Center

6500 Vernon Woods Drive, Sandy Springs, Ga 30328
Intermediate Lesson with Jim Bird and Bonnie Lunceford from 6:30 PM to 7:15 PM

Beginner Waltz lesson from 7:15 PM to 8 PM with John Dougan

Dance from 8 - 11 PM

$18/$5 students/$14 ACZA members

What was going to be a dance led by Coz Fontenot has turned into a benefit to help pay his medical bills. Led by his decades-long friend Mick Kinney will be some of your favorite local and regional musicians gathered on one stage. Mick (fiddle, squeezebox, piano, lap steel) is being joined by a rotating band (get it?) of musicians; Tony Balfa of the Balfa Brothers (guitar, bass & drums), Larry English of Zydeco T (bass, accordion), Evan Kinney (guitar, fiddle & percussion), Elise Witt, and other special guest artists. The plan is to have these multi-instrumentalists play as many combinations of instruments as possible, balancing their play fun with your dance fun. We haven't tried this before, but, ACZA is never one to back away from a challenge! Authentic Cajun food for sale from Fusions Catering. Please Note:No Bar.

      Future ACZA dances with Louisiana Bands at Dorothy Benson Multipurpose Facility

SATURDAY, July   11 - ACZA - Terry & the Zydeco Bad Boys
SATURDAY, August  1 - ACZA - Hair of the Dog
SATURDAY, September 12 - ACZA The Revelers
SATURDAY, October 3 - ACZA Paul Daigle & Friends
SATURDAY, November 7 - ACZA Zydeco T

      ACZA Live Louisiana Dance Location Starting May 2!!

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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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.