Wednesday Night Zydeco feat. Swamp Thang
Presented by Cascade Zydeco

Wednesday Night Zydeco feat. Swamp Thang

Ages 21+
Zydeco dancing with Swamp Thang, monthly on the 3rd Wednesday at The Secret Society Ballroom, Zydeco dance lesson included!

$8 members ● $10 general public

Every Wednesday night Zydeco event starts with a zydeco dance lesson (or sometimes blues or waltz), followed by dancing to Zydeco, Cajun, blues, swing, and waltz. Great for beginners and experienced dancers. It's a zydeco tradition to change partners often and dance with everyone, so there’s no need to come with a partner. Drop in once, become a regular! Et toi!

Swamp Thang is a 5-piece band from Portland Oregon playing Swampy Soul and Rock & Roll in the Zydeco tradition.

Band Members:

Jesse Young is a vocalist and guitarist born and raised in the cultural stew of South Louisiana. He’s played the Pendleton Round Up, The Portland Jazz Festival, and held a residency for two years as the house musical entertainment every Sunday for brunch at Portland’s legendary New Orleans eatery, Acadia Bistro.

Mike Danner is one of the Northwest's most accomplished accordionists performing solo, as well as with with Trashcan Joe, Saloon Ensemble, Paper Bellows, Mink Shoals, Swamp Thang, and The Mike Danner Organ Trio.

Jennifer Smieja is a singer/songwriter who fronts an evocative Folk/Country/Blues quartet, and also lends her voice to the Too Loose Cajun/Zydeco band, The Likely Stories, and has joined some of Portland’s favorite tribute shows including Patsy Cline, Hearts on Fire Country Duets, and The Next Waltz.

Bassist Greg Hyatt has been bringing his funky brand of low end to worldwide audiences for over two decades. He's toured and recorded with national acts, including Toad The Wet Sprocket offshoot, Lapdog, Zoo People (Atlantic Records), and Five Easy Pieces (MCA). Recently, he's been weaving grooves for local soulstress Kris Deelane & The Hurt, Rose City Kings (w/Steve Kerin), Brethren Thread (w/Jesse Young) and holding down Rick Danko's iconic basslines for Portland's recreation of The Last Waltz. Greg is also a nationally published author and music educator ('Get Locked'/Alfred Publishing) and recently co-produced and played bass for Secret World Live, a recreation staged at Revolution Hall of Peter Gabriel's award-winning 1994 concert.

Brian Foxworth, on drums and vocals, is an Oregon Music Hall of Fame inductee, and one of Portland's most sought-after drummers.

Cascade Zydeco is 501(c)3 Oregon non-profit association with members from all over the USA. CZ fulfills its mission of building and sustaining Zydeco, Cajun, and other music & dance from Louisiana by sponsoring dances, hosting live Zydeco and Cajun bands, organizing dance workshops and special events, and by supporting the Waterfront Blues Festival.

In 1999 Cascade Zydeco established a membership association, directed by an executive committee and board of directors. Members receive discounts, stay up-to-date with an email newsletter, and enjoy an information-packed web site. Cascade Zydeco exists and thrives entirely because of the time and energy of numerous volunteers, ensuring that Zydeco music and dance continue to flourish in the Pacific Northwest.

Zydeco is a blues sub genre and the dance music of the French speaking southwest Louisiana Creoles. Zydeco instrumentation centers around the button or piano accordion and a frottoir -- a rub board or washboard worn like a vest. The frottoir is played with spoons or forks and is used to provide rhythm and a distinctive sound.

Zydeco music was originally created at house dances, where families and friends gathered for socializing. It was often just called French music or “le musique Creole” known as “la-la.” The music integrated waltz, shuffles, two-steps, blues, rock and roll, and other dance music forms. Today, zydeco music integrates traditional styles with genres such as R&B, soul, reggae, hip hop, ska, rock, Afro-Caribbean and other styles.

Venue Information:
The Secret Society
116 NE Russell St.
Portland, OR, 97212