Dustin Ray and Southern Groove at the KBON Listener Appreciation Festival in Rayne, with guest Jr. Melancon, Oct. 6, 2012
The 2012 KBON Listener Appreciation Festival, held at the Rayne Civic Center pavilion Oct. 5, 6, and 7, featured a great line-up of bands. The festival site includes a large RV park that attracts many visitors.

The photos in this set show Dustin Ray and Southern Groove, the closing band Saturday night. Jr. Melancon was a special guest during the set. Pat Richard, who played guitar with Southern Groove, had his own set earlier in the evening. (His song "Nosy Neighbor" has become a regional hit.)

Dustin Ray's engaging style if full of youthful energy, but he's also carrying on a family tradition that includes the recording of the "Lemonade Song" by his great grandfather Leroy Broussard on the Goldband label in 1957 and the music of his late father, Jeffrey Lantier. Dustin played "La danse de limonade" at the festival along with several other Cajun French standards along with songs in English.

Jr. Melancon's portion of the set, of course, included his signature song, "Havin' Fun," and other popular songs from the Come Down Playboys. Several members of Southern Groove also were members of the Come Down Playboys: Pat Richard, Troy Gaspard, and Blaine Gaspard.

With free admission Friday night, $5 admission the other two days, and proceeds benefiting the American Cancer Society in Acadiana, the KBON Listener Appreciation Festival continues to grow each year, bringing together thousands of fans of Louisiana music and of the radio station that has an absolutely vital role in promoting the music throughout the region and, via the Internet, worldwide.

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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