Eunice Cajun Prairie
Folklife Festival

October 27, 2001

The 2001 Prairie Cajun Folklife Festival took place on yet another beautiful autumn Saturday, starting at 10 a.m. and continuing until 10 p.m. that night. Not as many out-of-state visitors were on hand this year, probably as a results of concern over travel safety after the September 11 terror attacks. There were plenty of American flags at the festival, but the focus continued to be on the celebration of Southwest Louisiana's unique culture:  music, dancing, food, crafts demonstrations, and a lot more.   These pages include a few pictures of some of the great musicians who performed that day. A second page includes pictures from the performance that evening of Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys. 

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Jesse Legé and the Southern Ramblers opened the main stage at 10 a.m. performing, among other numbers, their signature song, "Les mémoires de mon coeur."

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The picture above and the two below it are from the performance Saturday afternoon by Kenneth Thibodeaux and Cajun Dance. Ray Thibodeaux above is shown on drums and vocals.

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When he is not playing accordion with Travis Matte and Lagniappe, Jason Frey is Cajun Dance's fiddler.

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Kenneth Thibodeaux is shown on accordion. Mark Latiolais, who regularly plays guitar with Paul Daigle and Cajun Gold, performed with Cajun Dance at the festival.

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Harry LaFleur, at left, a member of the CFMA Hall of Fame, joined in for an impromptu jam session with his fiddle partner Bubba Frey and other musicians.

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Kevin Naquin and the Ossun Playboys performed during the regular Saturday live radio broadcast of the Liberty Theater show. Instead of broadcasting from the theater, the program originated from the main festival stage.

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Jeremy Frugé and the Zydeco Hot Boyz performed on the Second Street Stage.

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Cory Young & Zydeco Teen Excitement, an Opelousas based-band, also performed on the Second Street stage.

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Horace Trahan and the New Ossun Express performed in the early afternoon, attracting a good crowd of dancers to the pavement on Park Avenue next to City Hall (see below).

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Click here for pictures of Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys performing that evening.

Click here for pictures of the Savoy Family Band performing at the festival.

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These pages provided courtesy of Louisiana State University at Eunice. All photos  taken by LSUE.

Posted 1-21-02.