Wednesday Night Zydeco feat. Too Loose Cajun/Zydeco Band
116 NE Russell
Portland, OR, 97212
Doors 7:00 PM
This event is 21 and over
Wednesday Night Zydeco
Wednesday Night Zydeco
Cascade Zydeco hosts a friendly, welcoming DJ dance every Wednesday. We start with a 45-minute zydeco lesson (or sometimes blues or waltz), followed by two hours of DJ’d dancing to a Zydeco, Cajun, blues, swing and waltz playlist. Great for beginners and experienced dancers. Zydeco dancers often change partners after every song, 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.
Too Loose Cajun/Zydeco Band
Chicago-born Peter Dammann is probably the world's most seriously under-rated blues guitarist. He backed Paul deLay for nearly 20 years, recording several chart-topping CDs with the northwest harmonica legend. Although the blues is his first love, Pete is an all-around musician, and he can be found playing Brazilian music as well as classical guitar, from time to time. Peter also serves as talent coordinator for the Waterfront Blues Festival on behalf of the Oregon Food Bank.
Born and raised in the Heart of Cajun Country, Steve discovered piano at the age of four, and studied classical music in college. But he soon found himself playing a different kind of music regularly with such Louisiana greats as "Big Daddy" Harry Hypolite, former guitarist for Zydeco great Clifton Chenier, as well as Grammy nominated songwriter David Egan. In 2005 Steve played at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival alongside such artists as Randy Newman and The Black Crowes. A true student of the New Orleans style, Steve's playing is complex and dense, and his voice has the gruff New Orleans sound. From Jazz to Rock to Blues to Classical, he goes wherever his talent and soul take him.
Tim was raised by orcas in Puget Sound, and discovered there by fur traders in 1873. The preserving effects of fine whiskey have kept him young all this time. Needless to say, after 125 years at it he's a darn good bass player..
Lefty, a native of Portland, started playing old time American music on the mandolin in the year 1977. He went on to find traditional French and Cape Breton music with the band Cour des Miracles. He later plied his carpenter skills on the fiddle with the legendary Willamette Valley band Blackfish. He now works his downtuned fiddle and the frattoir with TooLoose.
Influenced early on by his accordion playing German grandmother, Rick played the piano accordion at the family house parties. Adept at boogie-woogie piano and the guitar, he has worked the single row Cajun accordion for several years. He has been known to get delusional when singing and playing the tunes of Lefty Frizell, Hank Williams, Merle Haggard and others.
Robert Lee's soulful singing and true grit fiddle playing combine the subtlety of a seasoned performer with the polish and irreverence of a big city kid. He grew up listening to Louisiana-inspired rock'n'roll in New York City in the 50's and 60's. Leaving the east coast for San Francisco in his twenties, he worked his way into the music business first through folk guitar and then bluegrass banjo. At the ripe age of 37, he found the fiddle and "that was all she wrote". Robert's style and repertoire are strongly influenced by the rhythm and melody greats of the Mississippi Delta and French Louisiana – the pianists, fiddlers, drummers, and songwriters who give the music its unique sound.
T. Bedard Aschoff
Acadian by modest Quebecois descendants, T came West from the Jersey shore to discover the American roots music of jazz, punk, old timey and traditional Cajun. Often caught with a mandolin or upright bass in his hands, TBA hits the skins, plays the 'tit fer and frottoir, and sings in the band.
What little is known about the latest member of Too Loose comes mostly by way of rumor and innuendo. Some suggest she's the direct result of an unholy union between a Polish debutante and an enterprising blacksmith – while others claim she is just a sweet girl from Madison, Wisconsin. Whatever you choose to believe, she certainly brings a welcome dose of femininity to this otherwise manly band.
Dance Lesson at 7PM! Live Music at 7:30PM!
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