Steve Riley on stage

Steve Riley on stage

Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys played the Third Cajun Zydeco Festival on June 13, 2009 in New Orleans.  As usual, the performance was a blast.  They kept it simple, with Riley on fiddle and diatonic accordion only, and David Greely on fiddle, no sax.  The stage was quite small and in an area where people could only congregate to the front (about 30 feet) or to the side (down a long pedestrian walkway), an odd spot, but one where the French Market routinely stages performances, just not for bands with this much of a fan base.  The crowd sang along with “Bon reve.”  It was hot, hot, but a few breezes off the Mississippi helped keep the dancers from complete apoplexy.

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