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 email@example.com.
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: Dec. 4, 2013]
A big THANK YOU to everyone who came out to the dance we had in May!! The event was recorded for a show that aired on the New Orleans Fox TV station. You can watch the segment here:
Potluck dinner & Chapter meeting:
We had such a great time at our first potluck dinner, that we're going to do it again in January! There will be music provided by our jam musicians and a short meeting of the CFMA chapter. Further details will be posted once we've pick out the exact date.
Dance To Live Music:
CFMA dance - February 9, 2014, 2:00pm-4:30pm
Location: The Empty Bottle, 1035 N Western Avenue, Chicago, IL 60647
Band: The Chicago Cajun Aces
CFMA music jam - Sunday, December 8, 3:00pm to 6:00pm
Music jams are held at at Lizards Liquid Lounge, 3058 W. Irving Park (at Albany).
The jam starts at a slower pace for beginners and progresses to faster tempo as more advanced musicians join in later. All songs are Creole and Cajun (see above for list of songs often covered). Lizards has a great beer selection as well as Bloody Mary special and Mimosas on Sundays! Come by and enjoy the jam and donít 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: January 26, February 23, March 9
Other Items Of Note:
NOLA FOOD AND DRINK TRIP IN MARCH:
Steve Dolinsky (ABC 7 News & Food Reporter) is leading a food/drink tour to New Orleans March 8-11, 2014 (the week after Mardi Gras). Please check Steve's web site (http://stevedolinsky.com/?p=11842) for details of the tour itinerary and how to make reservations for this amazing travel adventure!
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.