Friday, November 22, 2013, 7:30 pm
Ducrest-Gilfry Auditorium in Angelle Hall on the UL Lafayette campus
Celebrating their 25th year as a band, Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys, will be in residence on the University of Louisiana at Lafayette campus the week of November 18, presented by the Dr. Tommy Comeaux Endowed Chair in Traditional Music. Band members will work with student musicians on campus in ensembles and in a variety of classes, music busniess, commercial arranging, beginning accordion, beginning fiddle and Cajun and zydeco history.
The highlight of the week includes a concert by Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys on Friday, November 22 at 7:30 pm in Ducrest/Gilfry Auditorium in Angelle Hall. Tickets are $10 (free for University students, faculty and staff, as well as all children under 18), $5 for seniors. General admission tickets go on sale at 6:30 pm; Doors open at 7 pm; no advance ticket sales.
In addition to performing a set on their own, the band will perform musical selections with the UL Lafayette Symphony under the direction of Michael Blaney and with the UL Lafayette Traditional Music Ensemble, led by Mitch Reed. The public is invited to attend this concert.
Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys have made 13 recordings and received four Grammy nominations. In 2013, Steve Riley won a Grammy Award in the Best Regional Roots Music Album category with The Band Courtbouillon, a group that also includes Wayne Toups, Wilson Savoy and bassist Eric Frey.
This program is made possible by funding from the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation, the Dr. Tommy Comeaux Endowed Chair in Traditional Music and the UL Lafayette Concert Committee.
The mission of the Dr. Tommy Comeaux Endowed Chair in Traditional Music at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette is to stimulate interdisciplinary research on the foundations and diversity of traditional music worldwide and to advance the preservation, instruction, and performance of traditional music with an emphasis on traditions that have developed in Acadiana. The program began in the Fall of 2010. It is now possible to earn a B.A. in Music with a concentration in Traditional Music as well as a Music Minor with a Traditional Music emphasis. New classes and programs continue to be developed with involvement from musicians in the community.