Please join us for a special night of music with the Savoy Family Cajun Band, a multi-generational group with a powerhouse approach to Cajun music. Their repertoire features popular dancehall tunes interspersed with soulful ballads, fiddle and vocal duets, and blues. The songs show the spectrum of Cajun life from sorrow and lost love to nonsense and the joy of dance. The Savoy Family Cajun Band brings the raw energy of the dancehalls of southwest Louisiana to the stage, peppered with humorous and informative anecdotes about life in the Cajun heartland. Join us for a pre-show reception in the Museum lobby, and stick around after the concert for some Q&A time with the band!
The band plays hard-core Cajun music laced with an earthy sensuality. Though the old tunes have been revived and returned to new life intensity in their hands, the Savoy Family Cajun Band doesn’t play from a studied angle. The musicians in the band each hold their own as strong individual group members, making up a tight, intense sound. Marc Savoy is a recipient of the National Heritage Fellowship Award. Marc and Ann appeared on the PBS series American Roots, and Ann wrote the chapter on Cajun music in the book that accompanied the series. Ann was awarded the Botkin Book Award for her definitive Cajun Music, A Reflection of a People. Wilson, as a member of the Grammy-nominated Pine Leaf Boys, appeared on HBO’s Treme series. And Joel was a founding member of the Red Stick Ramblers and today has his own record company, Valcour Records.
Street parking is free on weeknights after 5pm in downtown Raleigh, and the State Parking lot across Wilmington Street from the Museum is also free and open to the public after 6:30pm.
A ramp from Edenton St provides access to the Museum’s main entrance. A ramp is also available from Jones St. Wheelchairs for interior use are available free of charge at the Museum information desk. The Museum entrance closest to the auditorium is a staircase that leads up to glass doors on Edenton St.
Assistive listening devices will be available. Sign language interpreters can be available with at least one week’s notice. Please call PineCone’s office at 919-664-8333 if you have any questions, or contact the Museum at 919-807-7900.
This program is supported in part by Black & Global Roots Concerts, Appalachian State University, and an award from the National Endowment for the Arts (Our Town & Traditional Arts). To find out more about how National Endowment for the Arts grants impact individuals and communities, visit www.arts.gov.