Cajun Weekend

Cajun Weekend 2021 was held online April 9-11. Stay tuned for updates for our 2022 event!

Cajun 2021 will be held online over Zoom video conferencing. We’ll be streaming music and dance workshops, a cooking class, and evening concerts and jams for you to enjoy from the comfort of your own home!  Below you’ll find registration info, artistic staff bios, and the weekend schedule.

Click here to register for Cajun Weekend! …And then click here to pay online, or contact us to arrange payment over the phone or by mail. Festival cost is $90 per person. You will be sent log-in details for the event after you’ve registered and paid. Contact programs@folklorevillage.org or call (608) 924-4000 with questions.

Scholarships are available through the John Hugelen Foundation. Email programs@folklorevillage.org to inquire about scholarships! Musicians from the Upper Midwest who are newer to the Cajun scene or just looking to explore are particularly encouraged to apply.

Folklore Village will be hosting a Zoom troubleshooting session for participants on Wednesday, April 7 at 7 pm Central Time. Log-in info for this session will be sent after you register. Come with any questions you have about using this technology to enjoy the weekend!

Cajun Weekend 2021 Artistic Staff

Joel Savoy
Fiddle

The son of Cajun music royalty Marc and Ann Savoy, and founder of the Louisiana-based label Valcour Records, Joel Savoy is a GRAMMY-winning recording engineer and record producer as well as a ten-time GRAMMY nominee. Joel is a versatile fiddler and guitarist who has played and taught music around the world for the last 20 years.

Kyle Huval
Accordion

Hailing from the Cajun hometown of Eunice, Kyle Huval brings a musical style reminiscent of 1960s and 70s Louisiana dancehalls. Kyle leads his band the Dixie Club Ramblers on accordion and vocals, and he also jams on steel guitar.

Corey Porche
Dance

Growing up in Acadiana, Corey Porche learned that dance, music, and food go hand-in-hand. In his dance workshop at Cajun Weekend Online, he’ll teach you how to feel the sound and the atmosphere as you swing and tap along with his lively two-steppin’.

Jo Vidrine
Guitar & Cooking

Jo Vidrine is a sought-after guitarist and bassist in the Cajun, Zydeco, and Blues scenes. A French-speaker raised in Acadiana, Jo immerses himself fully in a Cajun cultural milieu as rich as the jambalayas and stews he cooks up!

Kelli Jones
Dance

Raised in the South in a musical family, Kelli’s roots with Cajun and country music run deep. She began performing in the percussive dance ensemble Rhythm in Shoes when she was a teenager, touring with the group and dancing flatfoot and tap in performances around the country and world. Today, Kelli performs with Cajun bands T’Monde and Feufollet.

Shawn Glidden
Accordion

Shawn Glidden is a musician steeped in Cajun and Appalachian traditions. Shawn plays accordion and fiddle, and she is also active as a square dance caller. Based in St Paul, MN, Shawn performs with the DL Cajun Band and with Roux La La. Shawn joins us for Cajun Weekend Online to teach a beginning accordion session for folks new to the instrument.


Weekend Schedule
All times are listed in Central Time. See https://www.worldtimebuddy.com/ to translate to your time zone.

**Please note that while music workshop instruction will be geared towards fiddle, accordion, and guitar, all instruments are welcome at workshops and at jams, since folks will be able to play along while muted. The guitar workshop will be particularly open to players of all rhythm instruments.

Friday, April 9
5:00-6:00 pm  Festival opening and social time
Visit with old friends and meet new ones!

6:30-7:30 pm  Dance with Corey Porche
Dance classes are geared towards partner dancing, but will be accessible to solo dancers as well. All dance spaces (small and large; hardwood and carpeted) are appropriate–just find a space where you can move freely and comfortably!

8 pm  Concert & party with Joel Savoy & Kelli Jones
Join to listen or jam along!

Saturday, April 10
9:00-10:00 am  Accordion for Beginners with Shawn Glidden
A session for folks who are new to accordion and want an intro before the workshops with Kyle.

10:30-11:30 am  Guitar with Jo Vidrine
A session for guitarists and players of other rhythm instruments.

12-1 pm  Accordion with Kyle Huval
A workshop geared towards accordion players who already have some familiarity with the instrument.

1:30-2:30 pm  Fiddle with Joel Savoy
A workshop for all levels of fiddle players.

3:30-4:30 pm  Cooking with Jo Vidrine
Check back for a shopping list posted here so you can prepare to cook along with Jo!

6:30-7:30 pm  Dance with Kelli Jones
Dance classes are geared towards partner dancing, but will be accessible to solo dancers as well. All dance spaces (small and large; hardwood and carpeted) are appropriate–just find a space where you can move freely and comfortably!

8 pm  Concert & party with Joel Savoy, Kyle Huval, & Jo Vidrine
Join to listen or jam along!

Sunday, April 11
11 am-12 pm  Accordion with Kyle Huval
A workshop geared towards accordion players who already have some familiarity with the instrument.

1-2 pm  Fiddle with Joel Savoy
A workshop for all levels of fiddle players.

2:15 pm  Closing dance & jam
Come to celebrate and review what you’ve learned this weekend!