Sunday, December 2, 2012

New Years 2012 in Louisiana!

Every year a good number of dancers all flock to Louisiana to ring in the new year.  There are always a ton of Cajun/Zydeco bands to choose from and it's a great time to connect up with local and out of state dancers from all parts of the country.

Thanks to Dick from Oregon he does a wonderful job of sharing where the dancers are staying as well as what bands are playing where.  Last time I went he had a special hospitality room that he put up a map with locations of all the dance places etc... 

See the details listed below for this year and if you want to be added to his list for the future please send him email at the following... 

Details for this year are listed below for reference....

Be sure to read the new benefit provided by the Holiday Inn for our zydeco group guests. It replaces the little usedhospitality room of past years.
The New Year's Zydeco Trip to Louisiana is the best New Year's party in the country! If you haven't experienced it,you are missing a whole lot of fun. Fly into New Orleans on Thursday, Dec. 27 for the Rock 'n' Bowl zydeco dance (get a good hotel rate at for a 3-star hotel near the airport, or in downtown N.O.), then drive up to
the Holiday Inn in Lafayette on Friday, check in, and get ready for more fun than you might think possible for the
New Year's weekend! Leave for home on Jan. 2.
THURSDAY, Dec. 27: Rock 'n' Bowl-New Orleans;
Geno Delafose & French Rockin' Boogie; 9 PM-Midnight. Non smoking venue.
NEW YEAR'S EXTRAVAGANZA in Lafayette, LA will be Dec. 28-Jan. 1.
Zydeco Group Room Rate at the Holiday Inn will be $60 + tax/night. To book your rooms at the Holiday Innon Evangeline Thruway in Lafayette, call the hotel direct at 337-233-6815. Be sure to identify what you are booking for--"New Year's Zydeco Group Rate," and the dates you want to stay. If you have any problemgetting the $60/night rate, ask to speak to Ashley DeRouen, or contact They haveboth king bed rooms & two queen bed rooms. Now for the new benefit the hotel is offering! Each hotel registrant
in our zydeco group will receive a voucher at the time of registration good for a continental breakfast each morning in the Bistro. The voucher will be good for coffee, juice, Danish & muffin. Should you want the full buffet breakfast ($8.95),the value of the voucher ($4.95) will be applied to lower the cost of the full buffet breakfast to $4.00. What a great benefit!
And, don't forget to leave a gratiuity for your waitress. The Holiday Inn-Lafayette is once again pulling out all the stops for us.Please let them know we appreciate it.
Troy Carrier is again organizing the annual New Year's "Tribute to Roy Carrier." Due to logistical problems(toilets), this year it will be held at the Zydeco Hall of Fame (formerly Richard's Club) just outside Lawtell on Hwy. 190.There will food for sale--fried chicken, bbq, red beans & rice, gumbo, ummm! Cover charge will be $20/day--what a bargain! NON SMOKING VENUE.
FRIDAY, Dec. 28: Tribute to Roy Carrier; Zydeco Hall of Fame-Lawtell;
Live music from 3 PM until midnight, beginning with Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys, followedby Corey "Lil' Pop" Ledet, followed by Lil' Pookie & the Zydeco Sensations, and ending with Lil' D& the Zydeco Allstars. Non smoking venue.
SATURDAY, Dec. 29: Café des Amis-Breaux Bridge;
Joe Hall & the Louisiana Cane Cutters; 8:30 AM -Noon. Non smoking venue.
SATURDAY, Dec. 29: Tribute to Roy Carrier; Zydeco Hall of Fame-Lawtell;
Live music from 2 PM until 10 PM, beginning with Dikki Du & the Zydeco Krewe, followed by Joe Hall& the Louisiana Cane Cutters, followed by "T" Broussard & the Zydeco Steppers, and ending withHorace Trahan & the Ossun Express. Non smoking venue.
SATURDAY, Dec. 29: La Poussiere-Breaux Bridge;
Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys; 7:00-10:00 PM. Non smoking venue.
SATURDAY, Dec. 29: 7th. Annual Mayor's New Year's Charity Gala-Opelousas Civic Center;
Keith Frank & the Soileau Zydeco Band will play around 9 PM. Dinner is included in the $30 cost.For further info & tickets, call 337-789-5048, or email Non smoking venue.
SUNDAY, Dec. 30: Whiskey River Landing-Henderson Levee;
Geno Delafose & French Rockin' Boogie; 4:30-8:00 PM. Smoking permitted.
MONDAY, Dec. 31: Vermilionville-Lafayette;
Geno Delafose & French Rockin' Boogie; 9:00-Midnight. The website is now up for ordering tickets. Go to to order advance tickets,or buy tickets at the door if still available. Non smoking venue.
TUESDAY, Jan. 1; St. Peter Catholic Church Hall-Carencro;
Conversations are in progress with L'Angelus Family Cajun Band to play their annual New Year's Day Brunch Dance. 10:30 AM-1:30 PM. Gumbo & homemade goodies will be served. Go north on I-49 to Carencroexit (5 miles), left to Romero St. (which becomes Church St.), left 2-blocks to church hall. Non smoking venue.
Stay tuned for confirmation.
TUESDAY, Jan. 1: Tribute to Roy Carrier; Zydeco Hall of Fame-Lawtell;
Live music from 2 PM until 10 PM,
beginning with Snuggles & the Show Stoppers, followed by Dwight Carrier & the Zydeco Ro Dogs, followed byJeffrey Broussard & the Creole Cowboys, and ending with Step Rideau & the Zydeco Outlaws. Non smoking venue.
Future notices will be sent as new zydeco information is received.
For all things Cajun, go to
Chubby Carrier's newest cd "Rockin' With Roy" is just out. It is a tribute to his father Roy Carrier.
Go to to purchase it.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Gator By The Bay 2013 Lineup Rumors..

Just talked to one of the people who hire the bands for Gator By The Bay and this year there is a very good chance on the Zydeco side of Geno Delafose, Andre Thierry and Same Ol' Two Step.  Quite an amazing combination and I can see I need to get myself in shape to survive the Gator Weekend!! 

Will update with details on the Cajun bands they get when this information is available..  

Hat's off to those decision makers to keep the festival getting better and better :)