For those who just can’t sit still during the music….there’s the Front Porch Stage. Since 2000, when a small group of locals danced on the grassy slope at the South Stage to Terrance Simien Zydeco Band, the draw of Zydeco has grown exponentially. In recent years this means a large dance floor and multiple bands for two days and nights of non-stop music and dancing. “It’s where the party is!” say a lot of festival-goers.
You can hear the Delta Blues influences in Zydeco, but also African and Caribbean touches that Louisiana Creoles blend with the local Cajun music brought by the French Acadians expelled from Nova Scotia in the 1700’s. The result is so infectious it has devoted followers all over the country who love to “do the Zydeco”, bring bands to their communities, and travel to various festivals. The Waterfront Blues Festival has become a must go-to event, drawing dancers from across the US and Canada.
Portland’s own active Zydeco dance community, Cascade Zydeco Association, looks forward to the festival every year, sponsors bands, teaches basic lessons at the festival, staffs a booth, and welcomes all to enjoy.
Grammy-winning ‘Zydeco Junkie’ Chubby Carrier & the Bayou Swamp Band return this year to serve as host and house band for the Festival’s Zydeco/Cajun party Saturday and Sunday on the Front Porch Stage. Between acts, Cascade Zydeco Association instructors will show you the moves!
11:30-Noon: Line Dance Lesson w/ Janine & Roland
Noon-1:00: Curley Taylor & Zydeco Trouble
1:20-2:20: Lil’ Pookie & the Zydeco Sensations
2:20-2:35: Lesson w/ Lilli & Claire Carey
2:40-3:40: Wayne Singleton & Same Ol’ 2-Step
3:40-3:55: Lesson w/ Terri Jo Bonbright
4:00-5:00: Curley Taylor & Zydeco Trouble
5:00-5:15: Lesson w/ Lilli Ann & Claire Carey
5:20-6:20: Lil’ Pookie & the Zydeco Sensations
6:20-6:35: Lesson w/ Lilli Ann & Claire Carey
6:40-7:40: Wayne Singleton & Same Ol’ 2-Step
7:40-7:55: Lesson w/Lucy & Larry Weinberg
9:30-11:00: Chubby Carrier & the Bayou Swamp Band
11:30-Noon: Cajun or Zydeco lesson w/ Ali & Adam Grimshaw
Noon-1:00: Wayne Singleton & Same Ol’ 2-Step
1:20-2:20: TooLoose Cajun Zydeco Band
2:20-2:35: Lesson w/ Janine & Roland Jemerson
2:40-3:40: Lil’ Pookie & the Zydeco Sensations
3:40-3:55: Lesson w/ Cat Christ & Sean Donovan
5:00-5:15: Lesson w/ Cat Christ & Sean Donovan
5:20-6:20: Curley Taylor & Zydeco Trouble
6:20-6:35: Lesson w/ Ali & Adam Grimshaw
6:40-8:10: Chubby Carrier &the Bayou Swamp Band
8:10-8:25: Lesson w/ Dorothy Sharrar & Eric Singer