Phil Menard and The Louisiana Travelers, Liberty Theater, April 25, 2015
Note: Phil Menard died Oct. 26, 2016, at the age of 93. Here is a link to his obituary: www.johnsonfuneralhome.net/memsol.cgi?user_id=1869969

I was in Lafayette April 25, 2015, for Festival International de Louisiane, but I made a quick trip back to Eunice to see Phil Menard, the 92-year-old leader of the Louisiana Travelers, who was performing at the Liberty Theater. It was the first time I photographed him. I was able to stay for only the first thirty minutes of the show before I headed back to Lafayette to catch another band at the festival, but I’m glad I made the trip. Phil Menard was seated on the Liberty stage, bending over in his chair as he played his accordion, but he still is an excellent accordionist. He started performing the late 1950s. In 1969, he formed the Louisiana Travelers. While Ivy Dugas was with the band, they recorded Ivy’s song “The Heritage Waltz,” which quickly became a classic. A profile in the Lake Charles American Press offers more details about some of Phil Menard’s achievements and awards: www.americanpress.com/Forerunner-6-9-13

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