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Digital Pictures of the 32nd annual
Mamou Cajun Music Festival

Sept. 5 and 6, 2003

Shown at left is the late Kenneth Thibodeaux, leader of the Cajun Dance Band. Three months after this photo was taken on Sept. 6, 2003, he was killed in a tragic incident in Eunice.

He was truly dedicated to Cajun music in every way. Besides leading a band that played traditional Cajun dance music, he taught accordion, made accordions, led jam sessions, handled the sound system at the Liberty Theater for many years, and at the time of his death was also program director for the Liberty.

Shown below are other members of Cajun Dance: Ray Thibodeaux on drums and vocals (below), Jimmy Higginbotham on guitar and vocals, and Jason Frey on fiddle.


The Jambalaya Cajun Band with Terry Huval on fiddle and Reggie Matte on accordion continues to be one of the top Cajun bands in Southwest Louisiana. The band regularly takes on new projects to preserve Cajun music, including performances at the Liberty Theater that recreate the sounds of legendary musicians like Lawrence Walker and Aldus Roger.

Shown above is Don Fontenot and in the other column Mark Young on fiddle and Layton Thibodeaux on guitar, members of another great traditional group, Don Fontenot et les Amis de la Louisiane.


The skating rink is an excellent place to dance to great traditional Cajun music.

LSUE's photos highlight some of the musicians and their performances, but there is a lot more going on at the Cajun Music Festival, including workshops and some 15 contests like the "Guinea Chase" shown at left.

The Official Site of the Mamou Cajun Music Festival has several photos of each contest. When you go to the festival, be sure to check out the schedule so you can see some of the contests and maybe even enter one yourself.

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