Bayou Bedlam is the annual contradance festival held in Houston, Texas. The 2020 festival, our 26th, features Susan Michaels calling to Pete's Posse and takes place over the Valentine Day / Presidents Day weekend.
Pete's Posse is
- Pete Sutherland (fiddle, piano, banjo, vocals)
- Oliver Scanlon (fiddle, mandolin, dobro, foot percussion, vocals)
- Tristan Henderson (guitars, mandolin, jaw harp, bodhran, foot percussion, and vocals)
See their website for bios, sound tracks, and videos.
Susan Michaels is making her third trip to Texas as a featured caller, having previously thrilled dancers in Austin (2007) and Dallas (2016). This is her first appearance in Houston.
Susan Michaels has been described as “an unstoppable force of attitude” and has been calling contras for as long as would command respect but not so long as to imply she’s losing her undeniable charm and precise skill.
Susan specializes in calling fun and flirty dances with impeccable flow. Her teaching is concise, clear, and effective based on her patented Calling Method known as “Shut Up and Dance.” She is known for her dry wit and occasionally inappropriate sense of humor, and believes it is her calling in life to facilitate joy.