Downtown Alive! (DTA!) welcomes Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys at Parc International on May 11th.
Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys re-energize old songs with a drive that comes from the culture’s own rich bank of tradition and artistic sensibilities.
And they create new songs that draw from that same bank. Inspired by an impressive list of old masters including Austin Pitre, Lawrence Walker,
Aldus Roger, Belton Richard, Canray Fontenot, Dennis McGee, Wayne Perry, the Touchet Family, and of course the ever-present Dewey Balfa, they
do more than make old classics come alive with new energy. They actually do what those old masters were doing. They improvise and create within
the tradition, finding poetry in historical manuscripts and in the language of real life, and they manage to do this in a way that both innovates
and preserves at the same time. Their sound is driven by breathtaking musicianship and deeply thoughtful creativity. This is Cajun music with
a clear head, a strong heart and flying fingers.
The party starts at 5 p.m. as DTA! hosts Lafayette’s Happiest Hour. This week’s DTA! Happiest Hour is hosted by Tsunami Sushi from 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. Check back with details about our Downtown Alive! “Official After Party” immediately following DTA!.
DTA! Manger continues this week where hungry concertgoers can expect another lineup of local favorites.
DTA! Kids begins at 5:30 p.m, provided by Childrens Museum of Acadiana. Head over to Parc International to enjoy activities for the little ones with big hearts!
As a reminder – DTA! is funded through drink sales, so please leave your outside drinks at the bar. Smoking and pets are not allowed to encourage a safe and family-friendly event for all.
Friday, May 18th | 5:00 PM-8:30 PM