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!”