BB 2017 is a Wrap

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Group photo at the Saturday evening dance. Click on the photo for a full-size (~2.4MB) image.

Thanks to everyone who attended, volunteered, played in the Festival Band, or called at the open mic session.

Alexander Opekun has posted his photos to his Google Drive folder. See them here.

BB 2018

We will be bringing The Ripples with caller Dugan Murphy the weekend of February 9-11, 2018. Save the date!

If you'd like to be part of the planning committee, email

The Ripples and Dugan Murphy

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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