Wednesday Night Zydeco feat. The New Iberians

Cascade Zydeco Presents

Wednesday Night Zydeco feat. The New Iberians

Dance lesson by Cascade Zydeco

Wed, May 29, 2019

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 7:00 pm (event ends at 10:00 pm)

$10 members ● $12 general public

This event is 21 and over

Dance Lesson from 7-7:30PM (no experience or dance partner necessary)! Live Music from 7:30-10PM!

Wednesday Night Zydeco - (Set time: 7:00 PM)
Wednesday Night Zydeco
Wednesday Night Zydeco

Cascade Zydeco hosts Wednesday Night Zydeco featuring live music every 2nd & 4th Wednesday and a DJ'd dance 1st and 3rd Wednesdays. Every 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!

What is Cascade Zydeco?

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.

What is Zydeco?

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.
The New Iberians - (Set time: 7:30 PM)
The New Iberians
The New Iberians began in the 1990s as a Portland band called Mumbo Gumbo. Late in that decade accordion player Evan Shlaes changed the band name to the New Iberians to pay homage to his favorite town in Louisiana.

New Iberia, also known as the Queen City of the Bayou, is deep in Cajun country and widely known for its Shrimp Festival and for being the world's center of red pepper hot sauce production.

Evan on Squeezebox and Vocals
Paul Bassett on Rubboard
Linc McGrath on Bass and Vocals
Fred Ingram on Drums, Clark
Salisbury on Electric Guitar
and Michael "Buck"Brummell on Vocals, Harmonica and Sax.

The New Iberians often tour up and down the West Coast and have ventured as far East as Chicago. They've played many festivals, including The Waterfront Blues Festival, Portland Rose Festival, The Bite of Oregon, and Bones and Brew. They've opened for some famous folks, among them Beausoleil, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Bo Diddley.

The New Iberians play a wide variety of music, combining traditional Louisiana forms with Northwest Rock and Chicago Blues for a spicy, danceable gumbo they call Stumptown Zydeco.
Dance lesson by Cascade Zydeco - (Set time: 7:00 PM)
Venue Information:
The Secret Society
116 NE Russell
Portland, OR, 97212