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.
We're still in the early stages of setting up this website, so check back often for future additions. You can contact us by following the "Contact" link to the left, or simply by sending email to email@example.com.
WE NOW HAVE A FACEBOOK PAGE: www.facebook.com/chicagocajuns
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: April 17, 2013 (revised April 29)]
Dance To Live Music:
CFMA dance - Sunday, May 26, 2013, 2:00-4:30pm
Location: The Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western Ave, Chicago
Band: The Cajun Vagabonds
We’ve all been having a GREAT time dancing at the Empty Bottle. Really cozy place, nice dance space, great sound, good bar and 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!
CFMA music jam - Sunday, May 12, 2013 3:00-6:00pm (note change in date and time)
The next jam will be at at Lizards Liquid Lounge, 3058 W. Irving Park (at Albany).
Please note: The date and time have had to be changed due to a scheduling conflict.
Jam starts w/slower pace for beginners and progresses to faster tempo as more advanced musicians join in later. All songs are Creole and Cajun (list of songs usually covered on our website…www.chicagocajuns.org). Lizards has a great beer selection as well as Bloody Mary special and Mimosas on Sundays! Come by and enjoy the jam and don’t be shy about joining. EVERYONE IS WELCOME TO JOIN IN. Those under legal drinking age are encouraged to join us but they must be accompanied by a parent as the jam is in a bar.
Future dates: June 9 (note the changed date).
Other Items Of Note:
CELEBRATE WAUPUN FESTIVAL: The "Celebrate Louisiana" stage of this festival is the successor to the Louisiana portion of the Sawdust Days festival in Oshkosh. They're bringing up 5 bands from Louisiana plus Chicago's Cajun Vagabonds for 4 days of incredible music from July 3-6. Check out the schedule or view the festival flyer for more information.
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.