Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys, Eunice Downtown Mardi Gras, Feb. 28, 2017
Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys had already played several songs by the time I arrived at the Fred Charlie Stage in Downtown Eunice after photographing the parade of the Eunice Courir de Mardi Gras. Steve invited Vorance Barzas, a member of the original Mamou Playboys, to sing a couple of songs, and then he was joined on stage by his son Dolsy, who played triangle, and later by his son Burke, who played the accordion while Steve sang “La chanson de Mardi Gras.” For several years, Burke has joined the band to play drums, but this was the first time I had seen him play accordion. I got a few shots of Burke with a telephoto lens, but, since I was not in the front row next to the stage, I used a regular lens with the camera held above my head to get wider shots, so a couple of the shots of Burke and his father are cropped from a larger frame. By then, the light was fading under cloudy skies, and the stage lights were creating harsh contrasts that I tried to deal with in post processing. After a long day, I was really tired, so I left about 5:30—too tired to return later in the evening for performances by Leroy Thomas on the outside stage and Geno Delafose inside Ruby’s.

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