Chicago Associate Chapter of the Cajun French Music Association
We are very excited to announce the formation of the Chicago associate chapter of the Cajun French Music Association, the premier body for the promotion of Cajun music and culture. This is the first chapter to be formed outside of Louisiana and Texas. We're still setting up shop, but already looking ahead to hosting and sponsoring events, and helping to bring musicians up to Chicago's legendary music scene. We need your help! By joining our chapter, you will be helping us to increase the opportunities to listen and dance to the music of Louisiana, learn about its culture, and share this wonderful treasure with friends.Please visit the links to the left to learn more about the CFMA, and how to join our chapter. You can also find Monica's Chicagoland Cajun event list, previously only available by email.
You can contact us by following the "Contact" link to the left, or simply by sending email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note our new mailing address:
Cajun French Music Association, Chicago Associate Chapter
WE NOW HAVE A FACEBOOK PAGE: www.facebook.com/ChicagoCajuns
AND ONLINE CALENDAR: www.chicagocajuns.org/calendar.html
PHOTO GALLERY: Take a look at the photos from Festivals Acadiens.
JAM TUNES: Click here for a list of tunes we've played at our jams.
MONICA'S EVENT LIST: [Last update: July 15, 2016]
Dance To Live Music:
CFMA dance - Sunday, August 7, 2:00pm - 4:30pm
Location: The Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60622
Band: Jesse Leget and Ed Poullard
There will be no dance in June or July, but our August dance will be a doozy! Jesse Leget and Ed Poullard, acclaimed musicians from Louisiana, are back to kick off our fall season!!
We’ve all been having a GREAT time dancing at the Empty Bottle. It's a really cozy place, with a nice dance space, great sound, and a good bar, plus food can be had from the restaurant next door. Come share a relaxed Sunday afternoon and still be home to in time to rest up and prepare for work on Monday!
October 9, band TBA
CFMA music jam - TBA
Location: Spyner’s Pub, 4623 N. Western Avenue (Lincoln Square area)
There are no jams scheduled for June or July at Spyner's, due to everyone's busy summer schedule. If alternate possibilities crop up (Farmers markets, backyard parties, etc.) please let us know and we'll add it to our calendar.
Pub is on the southeast corner of Western & Eastwood. No signage on establishment – look for cobalt blue building front with the red door and the Michelob Light sign. We will be in the side room from 2 to 5 pm. Jam open to EVERYONE, all levels. All songs traditional Cajun/Creole. If you don’t play you can come by and hang out…have a cocktail and enjoy some music. Street parking not too bad and there is a little parking lot behind the building that holds a couple of cars. It’s also ˝ block south of the ‘Western’ stop on the Brown Line and the 49 bus runs right down Western. 49B bus stops at el so you can get off at el stop and walk ˝ block south. Can also take Lawrence bus to Western and walk south on Western a couple of blocks.
Other Items Of Note:
40 BLOGS FOR THE CAJUN ENTHUSIAST:
We've been mentioned in a web collection of 40 blogs and websites for the Cajun enthusiast, covering Cajun food, music, language, and event calendars. Check it out, it's a great collection of online resources.
This Week In Chicago has listings for "Swing, Lindy Hop, Blues, Honky Tonk, & West Coast Swing", and sometimes Cajun dance listings.
The Chicago Barn Dance Company holds weekly and monthly Barn dances (contra and square dances) to live music and calling.