The Cajun French Music Association (CFMA), Baton Rouge Chapter is dedicated to the promotion and preservation of our Cajun music, Cajun dance, Cajun language and heritage. We are a non-profit 501-C3 organization that has been in existence for over 25 years. We take pride in a long history of presenting authentic Cajun dances in Baton Rouge.
Celebrate St. Patrick’s with a Cajun dance this coming Saturday night, March 18th. Coobie Joe plays starting at 8:00 p.m. Wear the green and enjoy a live band and great friends. If you’re new, we love to have guests! Free dance lessons begin at 7:15 p.m. and they’ll also be a cake walk and more. Admission to the band is $10 for CFMA members; $12 for non-members and $7 for students with an ID. It’s all at the UCT Hall at 11175 Florida Boulevard in Baton Rouge. That’s just west of Sherwood Forest. See you Saturday night!
Put on those dancing shoes to go to the only place in Baton Rouge for Cajun music. All dances are at the UCT Hall at 11175 Florida Blvd. (just west of Sherwood Forest). Free dance lessons start at 7:10 p.m. and the band begins at 8:00 p.m. Admission to the hear and dance to the band is $10 for CFMA members and $12 for non-members. Students with an ID get a discount.
Here is the upcoming dance schedule:
Saturday, March 18, 2017: Coobie Joe (Wear the Green! St. Patrick’s dance)
Saturday, April 22, 2017: Kenneth Benoit & the Gravel Road Band
Saturday May 13, 2017: Cajun Stompers
Friday, June 2, 2017: TBA
Saturday, July 22, 2017: Lee Benoit and the Bayou Stompers
Saturday, August 5, 2017
Friday, September 15, 2017
Saturday, October 28, 2017
Friday, November 17, 2017
Saturday, December 9, 2017
CAJUN CUISINE DURING THE ECONOMIC DEPRESSION
The Depression began in the late 1920’s and lasted at least 10 years in Louisiana. No one had any money, children wore hand-me-downs (les seconde main) went barefoot (nu pieds) well into winter – some even to school (sans souliers). Cajuns that lived near water bodies or swampland fared better than most; they fished and ate all kinds of wild game out of necessity; game laws also seemed lax during those times. Young wild herons were plentiful and easy to take from a rookery (place a niche); and a wild Grosbec never needed to be fed as did chickens. Without money to buy shot shells, Cajuns resorted to mud balls dried in the sun and thrown to knock down fledglings.
They also imitated the whistle and quock of an adult bird to lure (decoy) young flyers – methods that may have been learned from Indians? Cajuns habitually continued eating Grosbecs at home and at hunting camps long after the economy improved-until in the late 1950’s and throughout the 60’s, when Federal Game Agents reminded hunters that an International Treaty Protecting Waterfowl also included Grosbecs.