Dewey Balfa Cajun
and Creole Heritage
The 2008 Dewey Balfa Cajun and Creole Heritage Week
was held April
Chicot State Park. The daytime activities
were limited to the campers, but each evening members of the
surrounding communities joined the campers for dances featuring
top Cajun, Creole, and Zydeco bands.
The Heritage Week, sponsored by
Louisiana Folk Roots, is named in honor of the late Dewey Balfa, a phenomenal musician who played a key role in reviving
and preserving the French cultures of Southwest Louisiana. For more information on the Balfa Heritage Week, go to
the Louisiana Folk Roots
|Shown below are photos from each of the evening
dances, plus the dance that started Sunday afternoon.
Included are shots using a flash plus a few taken with
available light. Click on thumbnails to access larger
Roots Heritage Day, held Saturday,
April 19, an event open to both campers and the
community, are posted on a separate page.
Balfa Toujours, Friday, April 18
Shown in the first row are Christine Balfa
Powell, Dirk Powell, and Kevin Wimmer. Special guests Tony Balfa,
Peter Schwarz, and Coz Fontenot are shown in the second row.
Sunday, April 20
Fricassée Cajun Band
Members are Henry Hample on fiddle, Robert Doucet
on accordion, and Kirk Dugas on guitar.
Don Fontenot et Les Amis de la Louisiane
In the first row, Don Fontenot is shown on
accordion with Mark Young on fiddle and Karl Deshotels on guitar. In
the second row, the crowd is shown joining in as Mark Young sings
the "Ride the Donkey."
Corey "Lil' Pop" Ledet and His Zydeco
Corey "Lil' Pop" Ledet is shown with Greg
Potier on rubboard.
The Red Stick Ramblers|
Members of the Red Stick Ramblers are
Linzay Young (white shirt) and Kevin Wimmer, fiddle; Chas Justus,
guitar; Glenn Fields, drums; Eric Frey, bass; with Blake Miller on
accordion. Eric Fahey is shown playing harmonica on one number, and
Ginny Hawker is shown doing vocals in another photo.
The Pine Leaf Boys, Monday, April
Wilson Savoy is on accordion and fiddle in
the first row, Cedric Watson on fiddle, Drew Simon on accordion
(Simon is the band's regular drummer). In the second row, Jon
Bertrand is on guitar. Zydeco Joe Citizen is on rubboard. Guest
musician Coz Fontenot is on harmonica in the third row. Blake Miller
is on bass.
BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet, Tuesday, April 22
Michael Doucet is shown on fiddle,
with his brother, David, on guitar. Jimmy Breaux is on accordion.
Steve Riley and the Mamou
Playboys, Wednesday, April 23
Members of the Mamou Playboys are Steve Riley
and David Greely, shown in the first row; Sam Broussard, guitar; and
visible in the background of wide shots, Brazos Huval on bass and
Kevin Dugas on drums. The Playboys invited other musicians on stage
to perform the music of the Balfa Brothers, including Tony Balfa,
son of Rodney Balfa; Christine Balfa Powell, daughter of Dewey Balfa;
Courtney Granger, grand nephew of Dewey; and Peter Schwarz, who,
like Steve Riley, once performed with Dewey. Other guests included
Megan Brown, who sang "Marie mouri," the poem by a Creole slave that
David Greely set to music; and Briggs Brown.
Preston Frank, Keith Frank, and
the Frank Family Band
Creole musician Preston Frank is shown
with his family band. Others pictured include Julie Frank in the
first row and Jennifer Frank and Keith Frank in the photo of the
band in the second row.