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With Racines, which means “roots” in French, Steve Riley of Mamou Playboys fame has assembled a band of young, supremely talented practitioners of the Louisiana-born folk music rooted in the French-speaking Acadian culture of Canada. In addition to Riley (accordion, fiddle, guitar and vocals), the quartet includes Kevin Wimmer of Balfa Toujours and The Red Stick Ramblers (fiddle, vocals), Mitch Reed from BeauSoleil and Charivari (bass, fiddle) and Chris Stafford who plays with Feufollet and Cedric Watson & Bijou Creole (electric and acoustic guitar, lap steel). Attending a Steve Riley & Racines concert is like going on a mini-tour of southwest Louisiana musical styles with stops at Cajun, zydeco, swamp pop and blues.
Representing the new generation of Cajun musicians, The Revelers blend the fundamental elements of Cajun music with pop, rock and R&B to create their signature brand of Louisiana-bred party music. Between them, Blake Miller (accordion), Chas Justus (guitar), Daniel Coolik (fiddle, guitar), Chris Miller (saxophone), Trey Boudreaux (bass) and Glenn Fields (drums) are connected with many well-known Cajun bands including Pine Leaf Boys, Balfa Toujours, Les Malfecteurs, Cedric Watson & Bijou Creole and The Red Stick Ramblers. Like their co-bill cohorts, The Revelers are prone to performing setlists that combine familiar Cajun and zydeco tunes with original compositions, which draw from myriad contemporary sources. Don’t plan on sitting still for this special evening of two-stepping, hip-swaying, rolling good times.