Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys

Cajun Christmas is Coming to a Town Near You!

Riley_2016Xmas_FlyerWe are looking forward to the holidays this year with the release of our Christmas record, “Party at the Holiday, All Night Long!”, on Valcour Records as well as 7 Christmas shows with Pelican 212 and other special guests!

Ticketing info for each show:

Dec. 1st – Manship Theater, Baton Rouge 7:30p (Wayne Toups special guest)

Dec. 3rd – Rice Theater, Crowley 7p (Freddie Pate special guest) Call 337-385-8295 for advanced, reserved seat tickets ($18 adults/$15 kids 12 years and under) or pay $20 at door/$15 kids 12 years and under.

Dec. 8th/9th  – Acadiana Center for the Arts, Lafayette 7:30p,

Dec. 16th – Strand Theater, Jennings 7p (Freddie Pate special guest) Call 337-385-8295 for advanced, reserved seat tickets ($18 adults/$15 kids 12 years and under) or pay $20 at door/$15 kids 12 years and under.

Dec. 17th – Liberty Theater, Eunice 6p,  Call Eunice Mayor’s Office 337-457-7389 Mon-Fri. 8a-5p or get tickets at the door!

Dec. 22nd – Rosa Hart Lake Charles Civic Center, Lake Charles 7p (Wayne Toups special guest), 337-491-1256

Steve Riley wins Grammy Award!

We are very happy to announce that Steve Riley has won a Grammy Award in the Best Regional Roots Music Album category with The Band Courtbouillon, a group that also includes local favorites, Wayne Toups, Wilson Savoy and bassist Eric Frey.  The self-titled cd was produced by Joel Savoy and is available on Valcour Records at either of the last two links below.  The Band Courtbouillon’s performance at Downtown Alive in Lafayette, LA on April 19th 2013 will also double as a local Grammy winning celebration!

SRMP 25th Anniversary!

This month marks 25 years that Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys have been together!  It’s been amazing on many levels & in many ways!  We can’t even begin to go into all of the stories, but we’re extremely proud of reaching this milestone!  Not too many bands last this long, but we were born into an amazing culture, have gotten to learn and play from our heros, and playing the music we know and love is as necessary to us as breathing. Perhaps that’s why we’re still together doing it!  It’s truly been a blessing in countless ways!

This group started in 1988 about 6 months after David Greely and I met at Savoy Music Center in Eunice, LA for the weekly Saturday jam there.  We started our 1st weekly gig at Mulates in Baton Rouge in January as the Mamou Playboys with Mike Dupuy on guitar and Mike “Chop” Chapman on drums.  Kevin Barzas, whose father and grandfather, Vorance and Maurice Barzas, were the original Mamou Playboys, soon joined on guitar.  This was the line-up for our first few years together and the core group on our first, self-titled cd, that officially put us on the map!  In the early 90’s, Kevin Dugas joined on drums and Peter Schwarz joined as our bass player and manager and put us on an even bigger map!

We’ve had the fortune of having the best of the best in Cajun music play in this band!  Jimmy Domengeaux (1954-1999), Roddie Romero, Kyle Hebert, Blaine Gaspard, and others who have played with us as fill-ins over the years!  Thanks to all of our musical brothers, all of the Playboy-alumi, and all of our friends and fans for a great 25 year run!  Many of you are still around and remain close friends and extended family!  We love and appreciate you all!

After 13 recordings and 4 Grammy nominations, the best is still yet to come!  We promise!  Now, get a t-shirt!