Music is a force powerful enough to calm a baby, soothe a wild beast, or compel the two to dance with each other. Be overcome by this GrouponLive deal to the Florida Cajun Zydeco Festival, located outside the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood. For $20, you get two general-admission tickets for Friday, November 9 (a $40 value). The festival starts at 5 p.m. and ends at 12 a.m.
For the opening night of the 2012 Florida Cajun Zydeco Festival, three musical acts fill the air with traditional tunes on a bustling outdoor stage. Wooden dance floors and guided dance lessons (held in between sets) encourage rug-cuttery as the all-girl-powered C’est Bon Cajun Dance Band wails away on fiddle and guitar, and the jaunty squeezebox and fiddle duets of Lousiana’s critically acclaimed Savoy Family Cajun Band reinvigorate forgotten standards. Between songs, the Savoy Family often stops to translate the Cajun French poetry of their lyrics for the benefit of audiences members who aren’t Cajun French poets. The evening comes to a full-tilt boogie conclusion with a heel-kicking performance by Curley Taylor and Zydeco Trouble. Visitors are invited to suppress unruly appetites with spicy Cajun and creole fare while perusing the offerings of craft vendors. Pintsize patrons can revel in games and rides at the Kid’s Kingdom, and larger patrons can revel in the festival's free parking.