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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 - December 5  –

ACZA Holiday Party with Jambalaya

at The Dorothy Benson Center

6500 Vernon Woods Drive
Sandy Springs, Ga 30328

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

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

Dance from 8 - 11 PM

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

The men with the red suspenders are back! Fiddler Terry Huval started Jambalaya Cajun Band in 1977 with his brother (whom he introduces as his former roommate) Tony on drums. Fluent in both English and Cajun French, the brothers are strong advocates of preserving the French language and Cajun culture in Louisiana. Joined by accordionist Reggie Matte, this band honors the musicians who have come before them, and allows the traditional music to evolve. For an interesting clip of the Jambalaya Band and Cajun dancing, visit Cajun - The Jambalaya Cajun Band - Cajun Dancing . Authentic Cajun food for sale from Fusions Catering. Please Note: No Bar.

      Future ACZA dances with Louisiana Bands at Dorothy Benson Multipurpose Facility

SATURDAY, January  9 - ACZA Jeffery Broussard & the Creole Cowboys
SATURDAY, February 7 - ACZA Tardi Gras Dance - Kevin Naquin & the Ossun Playboys
SATURDAY, March  5 - ACZA Lil' Malcolm & the House Rockers
SATURDAY, April  9 - ACZA Tenth Anniversary party with Dennis Stroughmatt & Creole Stomp

      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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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

David Greely's recollections of Milton Vanicor -- I believe I was still onstage at a street dance in Welsh LA when I first met Milton Vanicor. He said, Do you know who I am? When I told him I didn't, he explained that he was the fiddler on most of Iry Lejeune's records. That got my attention. I arranged to visit him, and walked into a world that fleshed out all the hours, days and weeks that I'd spent listening to those records. He told stories of how he and his wife took care of Iry, his wife's cousin, when he had nowhere else to go. How they'd travel to dance halls to play and all the crazy things that would happen around a mostly blind firecracker genius like Iry. He showed me cowhide-bottom chairs in which both Iry and Amedee Ardoin sat down to play. He played his fiddle in the old style, doubling the accordion, but when he played he was still doubling his long-gone virtuoso in-law. It was as if Iry's accordion was imprinted on Milton's fiddle There were several fiddles, two normal violins that he would restlessly change back and forth, high and low tuning, always making me play the opposite tuning from him. There was the replica of his first fiddle that he gave me, a stick with one string, a peg, and a Prince Albert can shoved under the string. There were also his quirky electric fiddles- clever contraptions made of dowel rods and spare fiddle necks, with pickups. He was an inventor, really, with tomatos growing out of 5 gallon cans modified in some way I didn't understand, and groaning with fruit, or ninety-some-odd plants in his garden. He fed me purple hull peas that made my eyes roll back. He'd recently started playing the accordion, in his '80s, and played really well. I told my friends, and brought people over, and he always welcomed us and fed us. There were musicians from all over the states and the world, an eminent folklorist, some local accordion players. He loved accordion players, ones who could play Iry's music, because then he was in his element, doubling that accordion. I had a hard time getting him to play solo for me so I could record him, at first. It was also hard to get him to sing. He seemed so shy about it all, but everything he did was brilliant. We featured his picture on an album cover. He started to get out, going to Marc Savoy's store on Saturday mornings, singing more and talking more. When Suzy Thompson invited him to Fiddle Tunes in Port Townsend WA, he began to really get it that he had something special. It wasn't just his past glory days with Iry anymore, his glory days were right now. He became confident. I once texted Joel Savoy who was there with him, asking how Milton was doing. He's wearing us all out, was the reply. Playing all day, singing high and strong, and dancing for hours on end, then playing most of the night, in his early '90s. I went solo and got busier than ever, and didn't see him as often as I used to, but I was so glad he was being appreciated by so many people. When I did visit, I loved to hear his new stories about his adventures and his amazement at the reactions he got from people who heard him. I'm not that good, no! I'm just old! He would often tell me he loved me. That was the sweetest thing to hear. I loved him, too. Very much.

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.