Steve Riley has been one of Cajun music's most acclaimed accordionists and bandleaders. He's also been one of the genre's great teachers. He famously produced Feufollet in their early years and was a mentor to the group's pre-teen members. His latest project is the Riley Family Band, featuring his sons Burke and Dolsy.
Riley was at the forefront of musicians adapting during the 2020 pandemic. Spring and summer filled with festival appearances and nightclub dates canceled in an instant forced the musician to get creative with his work. He and his two sons started a weekly themed web concert, performing French music standards and reworked South Louisiana classics like Johnnie Allan's "Cajun Cool," featuring Dolsy Riley on lead vocals.
This Sunday, the family will be celebrating Dolsy's 8th birthday with a special live stream performance. For this edition of Lafayette Weekly, I'll be featuring music by Steve Riley and his various projects. You'll hear nouveau Cajun sounds from the Mamou Playboys and modern swamp pop from the Lil' Band O Gold. Songs include "Evangeline Rock," "Lyons Point," and "Tante Lily," from his latest 30 Years Live! album. I also added tracks from local Americana outfit the Rayo Brothers, Jesse Brown's Choupique, and Lafayette rock and zydeco guitarist Julian Primeaux.
Live stream concerts and live music in Lafayette this week
Monday, August 17 at 8:00 pm
Olde Tyme Grocery presents The Good Dudes
Thursday, August 20 at 8:00 pm
Friday, August 21 at 8:00 pm
The Rayo Brothers
Saturday, August 22 at 8:00 pm
Jesse Brown and Brown Town
Sunday, August 23 at 4:00 pm
Riley Family Band