Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys at Festivals Acadiens et Créoles, Oct. 12, 2018
At the opening night of Festivals Acadiens et Créoles in Lafayette’s Girard Park, Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys gave a 30th anniversary performance featuring songs from three decades of playing the best in Cajun music, beginning with original band members and including others who have been with the group over the years.

Well before they were on stage, I found a spot that I hoped would give me a good angle because I knew that soon the crowd would be packed tight and I wouldn’t be able to move from my position. As things turned out, I would have been better off a couple of feet further to the left so that I would have had fewer problems with a microphone obstructing clear shots of David Greely. But certainly no one else in the huge crowd behind me had any reason to complain: Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys, past and present, demonstrated how fortunate we have been to be able to enjoy thirty years of their consistently superb Cajun music, both songs drawn from the legacy of great earlier musicians and original songs, new creations that have now become part of that rich legacy.

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