Geno Delafose Fan Appreciation Party, Eunice, Sept. 16, 2018
Geno Delafose hosted his twenty-first Fan Appreciation Party noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018, at the Northwest Community Center Pavilion in Eunice. Over the years, Geno has hosted the annual event at his home, at the pavilion, at Lakeview Park, in Crowley, and, starting last year, back at the pavilion. This was my first time at the party since 2011. As in past years, the highly anticipated event featured lots of great zydeco music with a variety of tempos sure to please everyone performed by Geno Delafose and French Rockin’ Boogie, plus guest musicians who this year included Brandon Ledet, Corey Ledet, and Gerard Delafose.

It was a very warm and humid day (when I returned to my home 2 miles away, it was 94 with a “feels like” temperature of 104), but the heat didn’t slow down the dancers. Geno also provided plate lunches for everyone, prepared and served by an army of volunteers. Everything, including the food, was free of charge, courtesy of one of the most generous musicians anywhere.

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As always at the pavilion, I had to struggle to overcome very strong backlighting behind the stage. I used flash but still didn’t compensate enough, which meant I had to try to correct problems during post-processing.

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