The 2019 Great Big Fais Do Do
. This year's Great Big Fais Do Do is set for June 20, 21, 22 and 23.
Guest artists this year are T'Monde, Joel Savoy and Jesse Lége, Caleb Klauder, Reeb Willms, Pete Krebs and his Portland Playboys and The Horsenecks.
Venues will be The Spare Room Lounge and the Moon and Sixpence Pub in NE Portland Or. More information as it becomes available. The Great Big Fais Do Do (pronounced Fay-Doe-Doe) is the Northwests premier roots country music festival. It is a welcome all dance and music festival in Northeast Portland, Oregon bringing together honky tonk, cajun, western swing, bluegrass, and string band music. At the Great Big Fais Do Do we can forget, for a joyful moment, about life's hardships through music, dance, and social communion, a tradition that is as old as humanity. Fais Do Do is a Cajun french phrase that means go night night, meaning, put the kids to bed and let's have a party! Traditionally this would have been a house party with live unamplified dance music and partner dancing. It grew into a wider used phrase for the Louisiana country dancehalls, and there is even a Fais Do Do stage at Jazz Fest in New Orleans. Now we use it again as an attitude we wish to promote here in Portland. Jimmy C Newman said it perfectly in his famous song, Great Big Fais Do Do: at the great big fais do do, where you glide across the floor, then you eat some hot gumbo, then go back and dance some more!