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ZYDECO DANCE LESSON WITH KAREN REDDING

June 19, 2016 @ 3:05 pm3:25 pm
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Mardi Gras Parade: NEW ORLEANS TRADITIONAL JAZZ BAND with LALA Second Line Dancers

June 19, 2016 @ 3:30 pm4:00 pm

The New Orleans “Traditional” Jazz Band has been featured at Disneyland and is available for all occasions such as weddings, funerals, parties, parades or corporate events in the greater Los Angeles area. We started doing parades such as the Los Angeles Kingdom Day parade, the Revlon Walk Cure for Breast Cancer in 2002, and around 2007 our first showing at the Long Beach Bayou Festival, which we have done every year since. We have been in the Hawaiian Gardens Parade,…

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THE SAI WHATT BAND

June 19, 2016 @ 3:30 pm4:45 pm

The band was formed in 1965 by Jimmy Hamilton, a few years later, new members and a name change in 1974, now known as The Sai Whatt Band. A self contained five-member band with different backgrounds, making them very versatile and diverse in the Smooth Jazz and R&B industry. Their origins are New York, Texas, Alabama, Washington, D.C. and South Carolina. Members are Jimmy Hamilton, keyboards and vocals, Frankie “Babe” Moore, vocals, Dale Hightower, vocals, Cliff Brown, guitar and Warren…

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LEROY THOMAS & THE ZYDECO ROADRUNNERS

June 19, 2016 @ 4:00 pm5:30 pm

Leroy Thomas was born in Lake Charles, Louisiana and raised in Elton Louisiana. He comes from a family of Zydeco musicians. His father Leo “The Bull” Thomas is the only Zydeco musician to lead a Zydeco band from the drums. Leroy’s father has a distinct method of drumming that inspired not only his sons, but is still emulated by many Zydeco bands today. Other family related Zydeco musicians are Keith Frank, a second cousin on his mother’s side, Geno Delafose,…

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STEP DANCE LESSON WITH DJ SWEAT

June 19, 2016 @ 4:50 pm5:10 pm
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BIG JAY MCNEELY

June 19, 2016 @ 5:30 pm7:00 pm

“Rock ‘n’ roll saxophone pretty much begins with Big Jay Mc Neely. He’s the king of the honkin’, squealin’, bar walkin’, flat-on-his-back Blowin’ tenor men -the Number One “real gone guy” of the 50’s.-” Black & White Blues (the Book) Tenor saxophonist Cecil “Big Jay” McNeely has been “the king of the honkers” for over 60 years, and he’s still going strong. Born in Watts, California, on April 29, 1927, he formed his own band with jazz legends Sonny Criss…

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ZYDECO DANCE LESSON WITH A.J. GIBBS

June 19, 2016 @ 5:35 pm5:55 pm
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TERRY & THE ZYDECO BAD BOYS

June 19, 2016 @ 6:00 pm7:30 pm

Founded in 2001 and hailing from Duson, Louisiana Terry and the Zydeco Bad Boys play a traditional style of Zydeco music with its foundation in Creole La La Music. Led by accordion player Terry Domingue the band plays some of the most interesting contemporary Zydeco around, both highly innovative and deeply respectful of tradition. And the group’s name notwithstanding, they are all genuinely nice guys.

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DENNIS G & THE ZYDECO TRAIL RIDERS

June 24, 2017 @ 12:00 pm1:00 pm

Dennis Gurwell is a product of the Bakersfield, CA area. He has been playing in various types of bands since the mid-60’s. He moved to the Los Angeles area in the late 1960’s and has been there ever since. He has played in a variety of Rock, Country, Celtic and Zydeco bands during that time. On these recordings, Dennis plays Keyboards, Accordion, Guitar, and Bass, in addition to Vocals. He was ably assisted in these recordings by guitarists Lazy Brad…

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WHITEBOY JAMES

June 24, 2017 @ 12:00 pm1:15 pm

James Page, the youngest of five from Compton CA, has been known as “Whiteboy” since he took his first steps. Whiteboy first was exposed to American Music — from hillbilly to jump blues, country blues to swing and much more — from his Uncle Ed Tunks’ huge collection of 78 records. A tough kid who became a tough man, James has been a harp-blowing, shout-singing bandleader since his teens. Long-known across So-Cal as “the Long Beach legend,” “the bad boy of the blues,” and much more, Whiteboy…

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Zydeco Dance Lesson with Sandy Baker

June 24, 2017 @ 1:05 pm1:25 pm

I fell in love with Cajun and Zydeco music when I first saw the movie the Big Easy. A friend of mine cut out a newspaper article about a Cajun dance being given at a Los Angeles War Memorial Hall in the late 80’s. I haven’t stopped dancing since then. I love the music, the dance, the people and the culture and want to share it with others.

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Zydeco Dance Lesson Pat Muller

June 24, 2017 @ 1:20 pm1:40 pm
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MARK ST. MARY’S LOUISIANA BLUES & ZYDECO BAND

June 24, 2017 @ 1:30 pm3:00 pm

Mark St. Mary’s Louisiana Blues & Zydeco Band is a 5 member band that plays traditional Louisiana blues and Zydeco music. Dubbed the “Delta King” and awarded the “Best Zydeco Band” in 2007 by Bay Area Blues Society, Mark’s been playing his traditional style of Zydeco music since the age of 13. His music is best described as infectious – once the band starts playing, the crowd doesn’t want him to stop, yelling “Play One More” over and over! Mark…

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MJ’S BRASS BOPPERS

June 24, 2017 @ 1:45 pm3:00 pm

The Bay Area’s only New Orleans style brass band with musicians born and raised in NOLA, San Francisco based MJ’s Brass Boppers is a singing and swinging brass-line ready to party at a drop of a dime. As if you were following a brass band down Claiborne Ave., with the Brass Boppers you will have an authentic second-line experience with true New Orleans flair. Unlike other brass bands in the area MJ’s Brass Boppers is not a group of musicians…

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Zydeco Dance Lesson with Greg Benusa

June 24, 2017 @ 3:05 pm3:25 pm

Greg Benusa of www.LearnZydeco.com has been teaching Zydeco for over 15 years at various festivals and Cajun/Zydeco events across the country and has also produced 4 dance instruction DVD’s.

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Cajun Dance Lesson with Sandy Baker

June 24, 2017 @ 3:05 pm3:25 pm

I fell in love with Cajun and Zydeco music when I first saw the movie the Big Easy. A friend of mine cut out a newspaper article about a Cajun dance being given at a Los Angeles War Memorial Hall in the late 80’s. I haven’t stopped dancing since then. I love the music, the dance, the people and the culture and want to share it with others.

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T BROUSSARD AND THE ZYDECO HIGH STEPPERS

June 24, 2017 @ 3:30 pm5:00 pm

Bryant Keith “T” Broussard’s fate as a Zydeco musician was sealed long before he was born. He is a descendent of Creole and zydeco music icons. His mother, Mary Jane Ardoin, stands alone as a female who has mastered the idiom of the traditional Creole accordion, a talent that was undoubtedly transcended from her uncle Bois Sec Ardoin, Creole music pioneer, her uncle   Carlton Frank, world-known Creole violinist, and many others in the profession. Besides his mother, whom Bryant credits…

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JUMPIN JACK BENNY BAND

June 24, 2017 @ 3:30 pm4:45 pm

Throughout the course of their musical union, the members of JUMPIN JACK BENNY BAND have won over the hearts of music lovers from all walks of life. Performing at a variety of venues and making countless public appearances all the while, this talented High Energy Soulful Blues, R&B, Funk Rock Band has earned the admiration and affection of critics and fans alike. Get in touch to learn more about their musical expertise, repertoire, and performance dates. BAND MEMBERS – THE…

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Zydeco Dance Lesson

June 24, 2017 @ 4:50 pm5:10 pm
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NEW ORLEANS TRADITIONAL JAZZ BAND

June 24, 2017 @ 5:00 pm5:30 pm

The New Orleans “Traditional” Jazz Band has been featured at Disneyland and is available for all occasions such as weddings, funerals, parties, parades or corporate events in the greater Los Angeles area. We started, doing parades such as the Los Angeles Kingdom Day parade, the Revlon Walk Cure for Breast Cancer in 2002, and around 2007 our first showing at the Long Beach Bayou Festival, which we have done every year since. We have been in the Hawaiian Gardens Parade,…

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PINE LEAF BOYS

June 24, 2017 @ 5:30 pm7:00 pm

Louisiana’s finest, four-time Grammy-Nominated, world-renown Pine Leaf Boys have made a name for presenting their own inimitable brand of Louisiana music with youthful exuberance. Hailing from the southwest Louisiana, the Pine Leaf Boys, known for their wild shows and thoughtful arrangements, have breathed new life into Louisiana music, reviving ancient songs and bringing them to the bandstand. Being described in the New York Times as, “… the link that connects the young and the old generations,” and, “the best new,…

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SOULICIOUS: A DELICIOUS BLEND OF SOUL/FUNK/R&B MUSIC

June 24, 2017 @ 5:30 pm7:00 pm

SOULICIOUS is one of LA’s top show bands. The group features R&B Platinum recording artist LaMarr Deuce Lubin and international recording artist Chantel Deniese along with an incomparable backing band. Together this fantastic duo puts a mark on the stage leaving a solid, unforgettable performance with fans always wanting more. From incredible vocals to a show-stopping performance, SOULICIOUS does not disappoint. Since the band’s inception in 2006, they have a storied history of excellence, performing regularly at professional events, concerts,…

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Zydeco Dance Lesson

June 24, 2017 @ 7:05 pm7:25 pm
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Step Dance Lesson

June 24, 2017 @ 7:05 pm7:25 pm
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BRIAN JACK AND THE ZYDECO GAMBLERS

June 24, 2017 @ 7:30 pm9:00 pm

Brian Jack was born August 10, 1979 to Eugene and Geneva Jack. At an early age, he discovered his love for music. While watching his uncle’s Zydeco band, he realized that was the style of music he wanted to play. At 13 years of age, Brian mowed lawns and recycled cans to help save for his first instrument, the guitar. For two summer vacations, he would go to his uncle’s house in LeBeau, LA for lessons. Returning to Texas after…

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CAFÉ R&B

June 24, 2017 @ 7:30 pm9:00 pm

CAFÉ R&B, featuring Vocalist Roach, and her guitar-slinging husband Byl Carruthers, have been wowing audiences throughout the U.S. and Europe for 15 years. They have released 4 Critically acclaimed Albums, including their most recent; “American Music” They are considered one of the most exciting live acts in the Blues, and beyond. The CAFÉ R&B sound is firmly rooted in electric Blues, but theirs is a tapestry of Blues, Rock, Jazz, R&B, and Americana. Past Performances Include: Chicago Blues Festival San…

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BONNE MUSIQUE ZYDECO

June 25, 2017 @ 12:00 pm1:30 pm

Bonne Musique Zydeco (BMZ), literally “good zydeco music,” is a 6-member band specializing in the Creole music of Louisiana and east Texas. BMZ draws upon the style of traditional Cajun and Creole musicians, and the influences of the blues and New Orleans artists of the 1950s, 60s, and 70s to create a blend of music designed for dancing. Bervick J. Deculus, a native of Louisiana, bass player and leader of BMZ, founded the band in 1991. He is carrying on…

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JIMBO ROSS AND THE BODACIOUS BAND

June 25, 2017 @ 12:00 pm1:15 pm

Jimbo Ross is the real deal, and his new CD “Steady Rollin’ Man” shows why this highly respected and seasoned session player has stepped to the forefront. Singing with committed soulful passion, and playing a custom made electric 5 String Viola/Violin (he calls it his “guit-fiddle”) the way most master guitarists play guitar, Jimbo blazes through electrifying improvisational leaps that will make a believer out of any skeptic. Performing with a band of stellar musicians, Jimbo and crew dish out…

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Cajun Dance Lesson with Sandy Baker

June 25, 2017 @ 1:20 pm1:40 pm

I fell in love with Cajun and Zydeco music when I first saw the movie the Big Easy. A friend of mine cut out a newspaper article about a Cajun dance being given at a Los Angeles War Memorial Hall in the late 80’s. I haven’t stopped dancing since then. I love the music, the dance, the people and the culture and want to share it with others.

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Swing Dance Lesson with Pat Muller

June 25, 2017 @ 1:35 pm1:55 pm
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BERNIE PEARL

June 25, 2017 @ 1:45 pm3:00 pm

Music critics and aficionados have said for years, Bernie is a craftsman who packs his songs with melodic interpretations that are new and personal each time he picks up one of his vintage guitars. He studied at the elbows of such down-home blues masters such as Sam ‘Lightnin’ Hopkins, Mance Lipscomb, Mississippi Fred MacDowell, and has shared the stage with legends such as Big Mama Thornton, Freddie King, Otis Rush, and B.B. King, and many more. To hear him tell…

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T BROUSSARD AND THE ZYDECO HIGH STEPPERS

June 25, 2017 @ 2:00 pm3:30 pm

Bryant Keith “T” Broussard’s fate as a Zydeco musician was sealed long before he was born. He is a descendent of Creole and zydeco music icons. His mother, Mary Jane Ardoin, stands alone as a female who has mastered the idiom of the traditional Creole accordion, a talent that was undoubtedly transcended from her uncle Bois Sec Ardoin, Creole music pioneer, her uncle   Carlton Frank, world-known Creole violinist, and many others in the profession. Besides his mother, whom Bryant credits…

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Zydeco Dance Lesson with A.J. Gibbs

June 25, 2017 @ 3:05 pm3:25 pm
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NEW ORLEANS TRADITIONAL JAZZ BAND

June 25, 2017 @ 3:30 pm4:00 pm

The New Orleans “Traditional” Jazz Band has been featured at Disneyland and is available for all occasions such as weddings, funerals, parties, parades or corporate events in the greater Los Angeles area. We started doing parades such as the Los Angeles Kingdom Day parade, the Revlon Walk Cure for Breast Cancer in 2002, and around 2007 our first showing at the Long Beach Bayou Festival, which we have done every year since. We have been in the Hawaiian Gardens Parade,…

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LOUIE CRUZ BELTRAN

June 25, 2017 @ 3:30 pm4:45 pm

With his dynamic blend of Afro Cuban rhythms, jazz, Latin jazz, pop, R&B and originals, famed conguero, bandleader, composer and vocalist Louie Cruz Beltran has shared the stage with legends Natalie Cole, Gladys Knight, Stevie Wonder and Smokey Robinson, among many more. At the Playboy Jazz Festival at the Hollywood Bowl Louie made a huge impact. To quote Variety “Louie was the unexpected triumph of the day. This music is why the Playboy Jazz Festival was created!” Performingartslive.com praised Louie’s…

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PINE LEAF BOYS

June 25, 2017 @ 4:00 pm5:30 pm

Louisiana’s finest, four-time Grammy-Nominated, world-renown Pine Leaf Boys have made a name for presenting their own inimitable brand of Louisiana music with youthful exuberance. Hailing from the southwest Louisiana, the Pine Leaf Boys, known for their wild shows and thoughtful arrangements, have breathed new life into Louisiana music, reviving ancient songs and bringing them to the bandstand. Being described in the New York Times as, “… the link that connects the young and the old generations,” and, “the best new,…

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Step Dance Lesson

June 25, 2017 @ 4:50 pm5:10 pm
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SEVILLE AND COMPANY

June 25, 2017 @ 5:30 pm7:00 pm

Seville’s Proskool Gumbo Take two cups of Soul, one cup of Oldies, a half of cup of Blues, sift in some Jazz, add a tablespoon of Pop, a teaspoon of Rock, marinate it in some Originality, season it with some Funk and stir it together. Bring it to a boil. Bless it with some Gospel and serve it Hot. Garnish it with Professionalism and Class. Warning! Possible side effects…May lead to the urge to smile, laugh, reminisce, sing along, clap…

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Zydeco Dance Lesson with A.J. Gibbs

June 25, 2017 @ 5:35 pm5:55 pm
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BRIAN JACK AND THE ZYDECO GAMBLERS

June 25, 2017 @ 6:00 pm7:30 pm

Brian Jack was born August 10, 1979 to Eugene and Geneva Jack. At an early age, he discovered his love for music. While watching his uncle’s Zydeco band, he realized that was the style of music he wanted to play. At 13 years of age, Brian mowed lawns and recycled cans to help save for his first instrument, the guitar. For two summer vacations, he would go to his uncle’s house in LeBeau, LA for lessons. Returning to Texas after…

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