2003 Mardi Gras Pictures

Eunice Street Dance and Jam Session
February 28, 2003

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    The Eunice Mardi Gras Celebration kicked off Friday evening with a street dance featuring the music of Danny Collet and Louisiana Tremor. Collet was a member of the Basin Brothers when the group was nominated for a Grammy in 1991. He subsequently formed the Louisiana Swamp Cats, producing a CD that offered a mixture of Cajun, swamp pop, and his own compositions.

Returning to the music scene with his new band Louisiana Tremor in 2002, Collet recorded a CD for Acadiana Records featuring his own compositions sung in English, including the title track, "It Wasn't Supposed to Happen," which has received a lot of airplay on South Louisiana radio stations.

In the photo immediately below, Collet was playing guitar while singing "C.C.Rider." Then he switched to accordion and began a French set that included traditional Cajun songs like "J'ai passÚ devant ta porte" and "Jongle Ó moi."

The band performed at the Walnut Street stage in front of Dee's Cajun Gifts and Acadiana Sounds Studios.

With one of the best voices in Cajun music and a real gift for writing songs, Collet and his band Louisiana Tremor are definitely worth checking out.

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Dorothy Pitre, host of a Saturday night Cajun radio show on KEUN and widow of the legendary Cajun musician Austin Pitre, is shown playing triangle. efri12.jpg (8325 bytes)

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Meanwhile, in the Ardoin Building down the street from the outside bandstand, a Cajun jam session was going strong, with performers like Linus Bertrand on accordion and George Sonnier on fiddle. Coz Fontenot, who will perform Sunday with Wilson Savoy at the boucherie, sang and played a mean harmonica.

The Mardi Gras king and queen are from Iota.

On other evenings leading up to Mardi Gras the Ardoin Building will have various Cajun bands, along with great gumbo.

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efri1.jpg (20006 bytes) That's Coz Fontenot on vocals, Slim Bellard on accordion, George Sonnier on fiddle, Edwin Thibodeaux on guitar, and Ricky Bellow on drums.

Posted 2-28-03