Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys at Festivals Acadiens et Créoles, Oct. 16, 2016
Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys performed in the late afternoon on the Ma Louisiane Stage at Festivals Acadiens et Créoles, Oct. 16, 2016, in Lafayette’s Girard Park. When I first arrived at the stage, the band included members who were part of Steve’s first Mamou Playboys band: David Greely on fiddle, Kevin Barzas on guitar, and Mike “Chop” Chapman on drums. When Christine Balfa and Peter Schwarz joined them, the setting sun illuminated part of the stage and the rest was in dark shadows. Because of the harsh lighting contrasts, I gave up trying to take photos and went to another stage. I returned about 30 minutes later in time to catch the last few songs played by the current band members who were joined by Christine and Peter at the end. By that time, I also had ditched my camera bag of lenses and switched to a 28-300 mm utility lens for everything.

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