Monday, 18 October 2010 11:14
It is now officially an Indian Summer. In order to attain this status, there must first be a hard frost followed by warm days. I don't know about you but I had some hard frost on my pumpkins Saturday night. This is my favorite time of year, the cold nights, the smell of wood fires, the warm days and of course the changing of the leaves. I think we could put up parts of our state against New England any day when it comes to the beauty of our leaves. It is the time of year where one should take long drives in the country, over the mountain passes, go hiking, take a walk in the woods or a park and kick at the leaves.
And this coming Saturday, make time to show up at the Highliner as we celebrate our very own Sean "Gatorboy" Donovan and Ten Years of the ZEN. Sean has worked hard and diligently for our dance community, he has produced dances, brought up bands, brought up dance instructors, taught dance but most importantly created the Seattle ZEN which is a one stop shop for information for the Zydeco and Cajun Community. In order that we may help to continue this priceless website of information, the Seattle Zydeco Connection and Two Babes and a Biscuit are hosting a CD fundraising dance at the Highliner. There will be lots of surprises, walks down memory lane, great music that Sean himself will provide, laughter, gaiety and hours of dance filled fun. Put your party hats on, shine up your dance shoes and show up at the Highliner.
Thanksgiving is coming up and there are many in the Puget Sound area that are in need. Doctor Les Berenson is helping this cause with the Seattle Thanksgiving Basket Brigade and is asking for our help. You may contact Les at 206-290-0409 or at
or look up the Seattle Thanksgiving Basket Brigade site on Facebook. I helped last year and it was fun and fulfilling to see hundreds of boxes filled with great food and a turkey. Knowing that there would be food on the table for families in need put a smile in my heart. The Brigade is in need of donations, time and strong backs.
Saturday, November 20 · 9:00am - 5:00pm
||Meadowbrook Community Center
10517 35th Ave NE
Seattle Thanksgiving Basket Brigade – 2010
Come join in the 5th annual Seattle Thanksgiving Basket Brigade to feed the hungry. Even if you live away from Seattle or have plans, there are many ways YOU can help others in need.
In 2009 our Seattle Basket Brigade collective efforts fed almost 700 people for 2-3 days during Thanksgiving – 182 baskets!
Also, as many of you know Roy Carrier, the beloved father of Dikki Du and Chubby Carrier passed away this year. Roy owned the Offshore Lounge in Lawtell, LA. It is being closed down as there are much needed repairs. Dikki Du and Chubby will be having a major fund raiser on 1/1/2011 and are asking for donations to help fund the repairs and keep a historical zydeco road house open. If you would like to contribute, please go to this website for the donation information: www.keepingroysdreamalive.yolasite.com
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Wednesday, October 20 - Honky Tonk Revue is back at Conor Byrne! Music starts at 9:00pm for a mere $7.00
Saturday, October 23 Come Celebrate Ten Years of the ZEN - Do not miss the ten year anniversary party of the Seattle ZEN. You will be welcomed like Royalty as you come to pay homage to Sean "Gatorboy" "ZEN Master" Donovan. It will be another ten years before we have a blow out like this again! You will laugh, you will cry, you will DANCE! Bring your pictures, share your memories, be surprised! Meet us at the Highliner! Music starts at 8:30
As written by Carol Andrews (one of the Babes of 2Babes & A Biscuit): "That Good lookin', Sweet Talkin', and ever so Gallant Gator Boy has freely Given his time, talent and Gigabytes, Generating Gazillions of details on upcoming Cajun and Zydeco Galas for all of us. Bring your Greenbacks & Gather with us to Glory in the Gator's spell as he spins all our favorite
Louisiana tunes that will have us Gyrating with abandon and Groveling for more...We all know it's better to Give than to receive and we've had the benefit of receiving 10 years of the Gator Boy's time and talents so let's give the Gator his due and prime his financial and creative pump with a $$$how of our appreciation."
Sunday, November 7 THE LOUISIANATHON at the Mercer Island VFW Clubhouse. Like last year the door is $20. Potluck optional. Free parking behind the Roanoke and up at the park 2 blocks south. Start time, early afternoon, finish no later than 10pm, probably earlier. MaryLee will do a dance lesson. The Tuesday Jamsters will warm up the room as they did last year. Final schedule and order of performances soon.
The bands for this year are:
The Riptide Ramblers
AND SPECIAL GUESTS: The Midnite Ramblersfrom SF Bay Area
Friday, November 12 • Les Chattes Creoles
Les Chattes Creoles at The Laughing Ladies Café (17551 15th Ave NE in Shoreline), 7-9:30pm. This will be a benefit party for Northwest Folklife.
Saturday, November 13 • Swamp Soul
Swamp Soul at the Highliner Tavern (Fisherman's Terminal in Magnolia, 3909 18th Ave W, 206.283.2233), 8-11pm, $12. Plenty of free parking. Band info and music samples.
Weds Nov 10 • There will be NO Louisiana House Party for the month of November. But do still go to the Hwy 99 at 8:00 to see Tommy Castro!
Thursday, November 18 • Whozyamama
Whozyamama at Seattle City Hall (600 Fourth Avenue), 12-1pm, free. Loosen the knees and move as you please to the zydeco sound of Cajun French vocals, rub board rhythms, squeeze box harmony and Southern Louisiana charm. This event is part of the Seattle Presents Fall concert series. For more information, visit our calendar or call (206) 684-7171.
Saturday, November 20 • Capt. Leroy & the Zydeco Locals
Capt. Leroy & the Zydeco Locals at the Highliner Tavern (Fisherman's Terminal in Magnolia, 3909 18th Ave W, 206.283.2233), 8:30pm, $15. Brought to you every month by Seattle Zydeco Connection.
Sunday, November 28 • Pine Leaf Boys
Pine Leaf Boys in Seattle brought to you by Seattle Zydeco Connection and Northwest Dance Network. Potluck at 3:00, Dance Lesson at 4:00 and the music starts at 5:00 at the OmCultural Center $20.00
THIS WEEKEND AT THE HIGHWAY 99 BLUES CLUB:
JOHN LEE HOOKER, JR.
Date: Friday, October 22, 2010 At 08:00 PM
John Lee Hooker Jr. was born in Detroit "Motor" City with Delta blues-filled blood running through his Motown veins. As the son of the great John Lee Hooker, he was exposed to the life of the blues from a young age. At only eight years old Jr. performed on Detroit's WJBK radio and knew from that moment that he wanted to follow the path of his father and become a world-class musician. Touring alongside Hooker, Sr. throughout his teens, Jr. had already performed in prestigious venues such as Detroit's Fox Theatre with acclaimed musicians like Jimmy Reed by the time he was 16. In 1972, an eighteen year-old John Jr. was singing vocals alongside his father for the recording of Hooker, Sr.'s album Live at Soledad Prison.Hooker, Jr. has earned two Grammy nominations (Traditional Blues Album, 2004 and
2008), a Blues Music Award nomination (Best New Artist Debut, 2004), a California Music Award (Outstanding Blues Album of the Year, 2004) and a Bay Area Blues Society Comeback Artist of the Year award (2004).From the gravely blues of the Detroit streets to a new era of sound; from the shadow of his father's accomplishments to standing apart from his namesake; from criminal to crime-fighter; from San Quentin to the Red Carpet, John Lee Hooker Jr. has built upon his colorful past as he continues to distinguish himself as a contemporary "Bluesman."$17. Advance reservations highly recommended
LLOYD JONES STRUGGLE
Date: Saturday, October 23, 2010 At 08:00 AM
This Portland guitar journeyman and Hall of Famer has performed with the likes of Albert Collins, Robert Cray, Bonnie Raitt, Taj Mahal, B.B. King, Dr. John, John Hammond, Etta James, Junior Wells and Buddy Guy. A funky bluesman with a Memphis groove who writes great songs and puts on a smokin' show. Always a treat, a club favorite, and the dance floor is always packed. $15
Eh Toi! "Your Louisana Roadhouse" brings you zydeco on the radio at KBCS 91.3 FM with DJ Marte
`, 11pm -1am. Streaming LIVE and archived at KBCS.fm
Fridays - The Outskirts with host Sean "Gator Boy" Donovan on KBCS 91.3 FM, nooon-3pm. Streaming LIVE and archived for up to two weeks at kbcs.fm.
Tuesday Cajun Jam Sessions in Seattle. For information email Nick at
Stormy Monday Blues at the Highway 99 Blues Club, featuring dance lesson 7:30 pm, live music & dancing, 9pm-close, $7
Tuesday nights blues at Waid's - 1212 E Jefferson St, Seattle
First Weds of every month - Conor Byrnes Blues Jam! You are all welcome to join with wonderful dancers as Miss Deirdre holds court!
Thursday night blues for over 20 years at the Salmon Bay Eagles Club in Ballard. Good music, food, nice dance floor, cheap drinks and NO COVER. 5216 20th Ave NW Seattle 206-783-7791
Bon Voyage on the the Farewell Performance of the Zydeco Cruise brought to you by Carol Schreitmueller and Louisana Sue!
Zydeco Cruise 2010
Get your Pirate ON!!!!
Pirates of Zydeco Cruise 2010 Departs New Orleans Nov 13-20 visiting Key West and the Bahamas on the Carnival Triumph
Features the one and only Geno Delafose & French Rocking Boogie Band with special guest Steve Riley
Lafayette transplant (Seattle original!) Marla Meyer will be teaching zydeco dance classes!
There will be awesome music, dance lessons, classes for making your Pirate fun things, super shore excursions and the Pirate Costume Ball.
Join us for this most unique Zydeco event by calling the Travel Machine TODAY to reserve your cabin. (800-683-9882) or email
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