Zydeco is the dance music of southwestern Louisiana and southeastern Texas. The music developed in the black Creole community in the early 20th century. It is an amalgamation of French and African-Caribbean influences and includes contemporary blues styles. The music is played on accordions, guitars and rub boards, which resemble washboards. Houston is one of the centers of zydeco music.
The Big Easy Social and Pleasure Club
The Big Easy Social and Pleasure Club (thebigeasyblues.com) hosts a Zydeco music party every Sunday night. The music starts at 8 p.m. and ends at midnight. No cover charge is required. The club also features bands that play other Gulf Coast music styles, including Delta and Texas blues. The Big Easy is located in Rice Village.
Cafe 4212 (cafe4212.com) offers a Zydeco Breakfast Dance every Saturday morning during brunch. Zydeco music is performed by a live band. Patrons may take a zydeco dance lesson from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. for a fee. The dance starts at 10 a.m. and ends at 2 p.m. There is an admission charge. Please note that children are not allowed.
Clayton's Club and Restaurant
Clayton's Club and Restaurant (claytonsclub.com) showcases J. Paul Jr. and the Zydeco Nu Breeds every week on Tuesdays. The music begins at 7 p.m. and ends at 2 a.m. The restaurant menu features standard American fare, including burgers and steaks. Texas and Gulf favorites are also featured on the menu, including gulf shrimp, catfish, chicken tortilla soup and chicken-fried steak. Clayton's is located in the Greenspoint area.
Jax Grill (jaxgrillhouston.com) in the Heights offers Zydeco music every Friday and Saturday night. The music starts at 6 p.m. and ends at 10 p.m. Dancing is allowed and encouraged. Families are welcome. Menu items include Tex-Mex nachos and fajitas as well as Cajun gumbo, catfish and crawfish.
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