Though Cajun and zydeco music are not native to New Orleans they're rooted in Acadiana, the area around Lafayette , they've made a solid and lasting impression on the Big Easy's musical scene. There are also plenty of good Cajun and zydeco bands playing throughout the city on any given week, so no matter when you visit, you should be able to find an excellent band that'll have you waltzing and two-stepping around the floor for hours. It's okay to just sit in the back and watch, too. Just don't be too surprised if a friendly local drags you to the floor at some point.
Cajun or Zydeco?
We've been to NOLA several times and we're planning 35 wedding anniversary trip soo. We've never heard a live band play Cajun or Zydecco music. We'll be staying in yhr warehouse district any sugggestions? The Rock and Bowl rockandbowl. The above link will give you more information.
This is what we were looking for to get a typical Zydeco band so this was an absolute blast on our We timidly ventured onto Bourbon street, fearing the worst as we had heard This was the highlight of my whole trip! I'm from Florida and my 2 loves are boiled Cajun crawfish and zydeco music. Unfortunate I came at end of crawfish season. Zydeco is not very common in the French quarter but this sweet little gem find is where I will be returning to when I come back. T Canaille was the band we heard 2 nights is a row! Cajun, on the other hand, is the music of rural Louisiana and is obviously harder to discover in the city. This place is one of the few venues for it AND one well worth stopping by at.
Carrollton Ave. Bowlers are rolling strikes and gutter balls on the lanes, but the attention of most in the crowd tonight is focused on the stage. In a moment, the accordion, rubboard, drums and guitar ring from the stage, the singer begins hollering a mixture of Creole French and English lyrics about love and loss and the wooden floor fills once again with dancing couples. Zydeco is as distinctive a component of Louisiana culture as crawfish, hot sauce and bayou landscapes, and like many things Louisianan, its colorful traditions and intricate history lend it a distinctive style among other genres of music. Though it started in the swampy bayou lands in the early part of the 20th century, it has exploded in popularity in the past few decades. Sure enough, wherever a zydeco band is performing, feet begin moving, bodies begin swaying and couples come together for fast-paced dancing or slow-tempo waltzes. There is a dancing style universally called zydeco dancing, but the music is so infectious that people hearing it for the first time are often drawn to the dance floor to do their own thing. One common point of confusion for visitors and new initiates to zydeco music is its relationship to Cajun music. Just as Cajun and Creole cooking are often equated, so too are Cajun music and zydeco often mistaken as two different names for the same thing. Like the cuisines, they do share much in common — most importantly the accordion that is so prominent in each genre — but each developed under its own set of influences and have unique sounds and styles.