STEVE RILEY & THE MAMOU PLAYBOYS PERFORM A FREE CONCERT IN MUNCIE, INDIANA ON THURSDAY, OCTOBER 2nd AS PART OF THE MUNCIE THREE TRAILS MUSIC SERIES.
Rounder recording artist Steve Riley & The Mamou Playboys will cap off Muncie’s final Artswalk of 2014 with a free concert as part of the Muncie Three Trails Music Series. The band will perform on Thursday, October 2nd at 8 PM at Canan Commons, 500 S. Walnut St. in downtown Muncie.
Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys have a twenty-plus year reputation for excellence. Their stunningly clean and cohesive performance of Cajun French music from the backwaters of Southwest Louisiana propelled them into the world music limelight early on. Now, after 13 recordings and 4 Grammy nominations, the band is a Louisiana institution and known throughout the world as one of the finest practitioners in the field of traditional folk music.
Never before in Cajun music has a comparable wealth of skills been brought to the same table. Steve Riley, of Mamou Louisiana, is a widely acknowledged master of the Cajun accordion and its singularly powerful sound. His playing sets a standard by which timing, phrasing and ingenuity are measured on the royal instrument of South Louisiana. That, combined with his searing, emotional vocals, songwriting, soulful fiddling and onstage front man charisma have led many to refer to the band simply as “Steve Riley.” But with the Mamou Playboys, there is much, much more to savor. Kevin Wimmer has been playing fiddle since the tender age of three. He performed frequently with Dewey Balfa and learned the essence of the tradition directly from him, bringing a strong Creole influence to the Playboys. Sam Broussard, playing acoustic, electric and electric slide guitar, carries the music of his Cajun ancestry farther than it’s ever gone, and garners the lion’s share of spontaneous applause for his soloing skills. Kevin Dugas on drums and Brazos Huval on bass are the Cadillac V-8 of rhythm sections, drawing crowds in their own right wherever they perform together throughout the South.
When so much heart and skill focus on the revelry of a hot two-step, turn on a dime and deliver an a cappella ballad, then play something that sounds like Howlin’ Wolf fell in lust with a Creole girl, you’ve found the most Cajun music you can find in any one spot. You’ve found Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys.
Steve Riley may be available for press/radio interviews. Please contact Rick Zeigler (firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
For complete information on this show and the entire Muncie Three Trails Music Series, please visit www.munciethreetrails.org.