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Savoy Family Band

LSUE Performing Arts at the Liberty and Festival International in Lafayette, 2004

Click here for high resolution photos of the Savoy Family Band on Flickr.

Click here to go to Ann Savoy's Official Web Site. And here for the Savoy Music Center.
On Monday, March 22, 2004, the Savoy Family Band provided some great hometown Cajun music at the Liberty Theater in an outstanding program in the LSUE Performing Arts Series. As the photo in the right column shows, the Liberty was packed (not shown are the balcony seats, which were also full). It was a truly great evening.

People in Acadiana know about Marc and Ann Savoy, and, through their many achievements over the years, the Savoys have gained an international reputation, but now an even wider audience will at least get a glimpse of them. They are featured in an opening segment of Louis Schwartzberg's documentary America's Heart and Soul, released by Disney in July 2004. Because the film came out on the heels of the release of Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11, some in the media wanted to depict Schwartzberg's collection of vignettes of remarkable Americans as a response to Moore's film.  It was surprising to be watching a news cable channel discussion of the two films in that context and then see, as a sample clip from America's Heart and Soul, Marc and Ann Savoy at their home in Eunice. As was immediately apparent from the clip, the film, which was shot before the horrific attack of 9/11, is actually a celebration of the rich diversity of American culture and of values that endure beyond whatever current controversies may distract us from the deeper feelings of loyalty we have to one another as Americans and to our country.

In addition to the movie, Disney is also releasing a sound track, which includes the Savoys performing "The Eunice Two-Step," and a book.

Note: The photos in this section were taken with a Nikon 5700 in use while the Nikon D100 was in the shop for repairs.

Shown in the photo above are Kenny Alleman on drums, Ann Savoy, Wilson Savoy, Joel Savoy, Marc Savoy, and Drue Daigle.


The performance by the Savoy Family Band was part of the 2003-2004 LSUE Performing Arts Series, which was supported by a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council as administered by the Acadiana Arts Council. Dr. Anthony Baltakis, associate professor of history, is the series director.


The Savoy Family Band at Festival International, April 23, 2004

Marc Savoy is on accordion, Ann Savoy on guitar, Joel Savoy on fiddle, and Wilson Savoy on keyboard.



Posted 7-2-04

All photographs and text by David Simpson.

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