Louisiana Superstars: Living Legends perform at the Liberty, April 2, 2011
The Liberty Theater was host to Louisiana Superstars April 2, 2011. Terry Huval and the Jambalaya Cajun Band presented a special program featuring living legends of Cajun music, along with tributes to some of the legends who are no longer with us. The living legends were Camey Doucet, D.L. Menard, and Paul Daigle.

The show began with the Jambalaya Cajun Band performing “Allons à Lafayette,” the first commercial recording of a Cajun song, made in 1928 by Joe Falcon on accordion and his future wife, Cléoma Breaux, on guitar. The band next played “Grand Texas,” recorded in 1946 by Chuck Guillory and used by Hank Williams as the melody for his 1952 hit “Jambalaya.”

Before singing his hit “Tiens mon râtelier,” Camey Doucet, explained that he developed the song from an idea suggested by record producer Floyd Soileau: hold my false teeth and I’ll show you how to dance.

D.L. Menard performed “La valse de Jolly Rogers,” the first song he wrote and recorded in 1961, followed by “La vie d’un vieux garçon” (“The Bachelor’s Life”).

Paul Daigle played his signature opening number, “Accordion Two-Step,” followed by “La valse de la vie,” sung by Reggie Matte. This beautiful song is one of many written for Paul’s band, Cajun Gold, by the late Pierre Varmon Daigle. Paul explained that Daigle would start by providing a whistled version of the tune on tape and that then the two would meet with vocalist Robert Elkins at Robert’s outdoor kitchen to work out the song.

Vin Bruce was originally scheduled to perform at the Liberty as a living legend but was unable to participate. To honor his contributions to Cajun music, Terry Huval sang “Dedans le sud de la Louisiane,” written by Alex Broussard and recorded in a popular version by Vin Bruce, and another hit, “Dans le claire de la lune.” Next, to honor another legendary musician, the band performed “Bosco Stomp” as played by Lawrence Walker and His Wandering Aces.

Camey Doucet then returned to the stage to sing one of his most popular songs. “Mom je suis toujour ton tit garçon.”

D.L. then performed “The Water Pump,” followed by “En bas du chêne vert,” with members of the Jambalaya Cajun Band joining in on harmony vocals.
Paul Daigle played and sang “Ta petite robe courte” and J'aime mieux t'avoir perdu,” and then performed one of Cajun Gold’s English hits, “Georgie Lou,” with Terry Huval handling lead vocals.

Wearing glasses, a suit, and a hat, Reggie Matte entered the stage bearing a striking resemblance to Aldus Roger, and the band played one of the Lafayette Playboys’ hits, “Johnnie Can’t Dance.” Reggie then provided the vocals originally handled by the Playboys’ Phillip Alleman on “Je m’ennuie p’us toi” and “Diga Ding Ding Dong,” two songs that celebrate separation instead of bemoaning it.

The grand finale, with everyone on stage, was D.L. Menard’s “La porte d’en arriere,” a song that Barry Ancelet has suggested has become the Cajun National Anthem (rather than “Jolie Blonde”).

All in all, it was another memorable night of Cajun Legends at the legendary Liberty Theater organized and performed by Terry Huval and the Jambalaya Cajun Band, who are themselves Living Legends.

In addition to the usual sponsors, the show was underwritten by the Louisiana Office of Tourism.

For a listing of Cajun and Zydeco bands and Mardi Gras photos included on these Flickr pages, go to www.cajunzydecophotos.com
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