The Great Big Fais Do Do (pronounced Fay-Doe-Doe) is the Northwest’s 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 hardship 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 dancehall, 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!”

The Great Big Fais Do Do (pronounced Fay-Doe-Doe) is the Northwest’s 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 hardship 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 dancehall, 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!”

2019 the 6th annual Great Big Fais Do Do

June 20-21-22-23 2019 Portland Oregon 

Friends the 2019 6th Annual Great Big Fais Do Do is just around the corner.  June 20-23 right here in Portland Oregon.  

This year on the lineup we have:

 

The Horsenecks from Portland Oregon, performing Thursaday night for the square dance at 7pm 

T'Monde, from Lafayette Louisiana, performing Friday night at the Spare Room Lounge. 

Jesse Lége and Joel Savoy, from Austin Texas and Eunice Louisiana, performing Friday night at the Spare Room Lounge.  

Pete Krebs and His Portland Playboys, from Portland Oregon, performing Saturday night at the Spare Room Lounge

Caleb Klauder Country Band w/ Reeb Willms, from Portland Oregon, performing Saturday night at the Spare Room Lounge. 

 Venues for this year

The Moon and Sixpence Free House. 2014 NE 42nd Ave, Portland, OR 97213

The Spare Room Lounge. 4830 NE 42nd Ave, Portland, OR 97218

square dance venue tbd.  

  

We'd like to extend a big Thank You to all of our sponsors for 2019. We could not do this without you.  

Thank you to Bubbaville for making it possible to T'Monde, Joel Savoy and Jesse Lége in Portland this year.

Thank you to Bubbaville for making it possible to T'Monde, Joel Savoy and Jesse Lége in Portland this year.

Thank you to Lafayette Travel for making it possible to have T'Monde in Portland this year.

Thank you to Lafayette Travel for making it possible to have T'Monde in Portland this year.

Thanks to the Moon and Sixpence for being a sponsor and a venue for 2019

Thanks to the Moon and Sixpence for being a sponsor and a venue for 2019