Lesa Cormier and the Sundown Playboys at the Liberty Theater, Sept. 8, 2018
The world’s oldest active Cajun band, Lesa Cormier and the Sundown Playboys, performed at the Liberty Theater Sept. 8, 2018. Born in 1930, Lesa Cormier has been playing drums with the Sundown Playboys since 1947, the year his father, Lionel Cormier, started the band (originally named the Elton Playboys). Their recording of Darrell Higginbotham’s “Saturday Night Special,” which they played at the Liberty, was released by Apple Records (the Beatles’ label) in 1972. The recording was also used in the soundtrack of the 1987 gothic thriller film “Sister, Sister,” set in Louisiana.

Lesa Cormier played drums for three songs at the Liberty. Other members of the band were Bubba Brown on accordion and vocals; Wallace “Red” Touchet on fiddle; Danny Cormier (Lesa’s son) on steel guitar; Brian Cormier (Danny’s son) on bass guitar; and Robert LaPoint on drums. Bubba Brown invited Carey LeJeune of Church Point to the stage to sing a couple of songs.

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