Bayou Bedlam 2017

Next year's Bayou Bedlam will be held February 10-12, 2017.

We are bringing Alchemy: Eric Martin on violin, Karen Axelrod on piano, and Rachel Bell on accordion.

At the band's urging and after surveying 2016's attendees, we're bringing Susan Kevra back to call—and we (and the band) are insisting that she bring her clarinet as well as her calling notes. Not only was Susan well-received in 2016, she has worked closely with Karen and Rachel in the past, plays clarinet with them in another band, and will be able to join in with Alchemy on some tunes.

Alchemy Susan Kevra

What's Bayou Bedlam?

Bayou Bedlam is the Houston, Texas weekend of contra dancing, food, and friendship. It takes place every February and features nationally known, or soon-to-be known, bands and callers.

The first Bayou Bedlam was held in 1994. It was created and organized by Barb Smith.

Every Bayou Bedlam features a Friday night dance, various workshops during the day on Saturday, a Saturday buffet lunch, a Saturday night dance, and a fabulous, famous Sunday brunch and dance.

Bayou Bedlam is produced by the Houston Area Traditional Dance Society. For information about HATDS, the regular contra dances in Houston, or contra dancing in general, see the HATDS web site at

Bayou Bedlam is a smoke-free, alcohol-free, and fragrance-free event.

We love volunteers!

Please help make Bayou Bedlam a success by volunteering on the committee and/or a little bit of time over the weekend. Your helping hands will make a difference, and you'll have fun, too!

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