Friday, June 6, 2008

Blast from the Bayou, day 2

The annual Cajun and Zydeco festival at Strawberry Park in Preston officially opened yesterday, but some of the bigger name bands first appeared today.

The day began with Dennis Stroughmatt, a fiddler from Southern Illinois, and his band providing a more than fair approximation of Louisiana music. Travis Matte, and the Kingpins, who fill large concert halls back home in Louisiana, proved that they are not some passing phase of white zyedeco music. Then the wonderfully rough-around-the-edges Pine Leaf Boys took the stage, followed by an amazing set by Geno Delafose and French Rockin Boogie, and a similarly appealing set by Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys. The festival continues tomorrow and Sunday.

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