They played for President Bill Clinton's inauguration, received several GRAMMY nominations, and have collaborated with legendary artists like country star Marty Stuart and English punk pioneer Nick Lowe. After 15 albums and countless different lineups, Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys are turning 30 this coming year. On Friday, December 7th, they will celebrate with a special concert at Vermilionville featuring special guests including founding member David Greely.
After meeting one Saturday morning at the Savoy Music Center in Eunice, the Mamou Playboys were formed by Riley and Greely. Their creative songwriting and arrangements of forgotten tunes led them to make ambitious albums like La Toussaint and Bayou Ruler that made them a Louisiana household name. Though Greely left the band several years ago, he still collaborates with the Playboys from time to time and will reappear on record as this show will be recorded for an upcoming release.
In honor of Steve and his band's 30th anniversary, I created a mixtape showcasing the Mamou Playboys' eclectic sound. Tracks include their take on Belton Richard's "Musician's Paradise," the traditional standard "Pointe au Pin," and soon to be Cajun Christmas classics from their latest release, "Party at the Holiday."
Live music in Lafayette this week
Wednesday, December 5 at 8:00 p.m.
Dueling Pianos feat. Julie Williams and Ben McGehee
The Grouse Room
Thursday, December 6 at 6:00 p.m.
The Robert Cray Band
Acadiana Center for the Arts
Friday, December 7 at 9:00 p.m.
Pine Hill Haints and Shane Blanco
Friday, December 7 at 8:00 p.m.
Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys: Celebrating 30 Years
Saturday, December 8 at 7:00 p.m.
Lafayette Ballet Theater presents The Nutcracker
Heymann Performing Arts Center
Sunday, December 9 at 8:00 p.m.
Stinking Lizaveta, Sideburner, and Space Cadaver
Freetown Boom Boom Room