2012 Summer Nights Festival of Outdoor Concerts
Cajun Music Night at the Osher Marin JCC
Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys
Music, Dinners, Cocktails, Picnics, Dancing, Playground
Sat, July 28, 2012 @ 7pm
"Though Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys are relatively young, the group has been among Cajun music’s best bands for years. —John Wirt, Baton Rouge Advocate
Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys bring Cajun Music Night, the fourth of the five Saturday night outdoor, multi-cultural family friendly concerts of the 2012 Summer Nights Festival at the Osher Marin JCC.
Cajun French heritage ofsouthwestern Louisiana infused with accordion & fiddle driven music sets the tone for the evening. The Grammy Award-nominated Cajun band from
southern Louisiana formed in 1988 and has since recorded 10 albums.
They began with a reputation for excellence. Their stunningly clean and cohesive performance of Cajun French music from the backwaters of Southwest
Louisiana propelled them into the world music limelight early on, and by their third release had garnered them a Grammy nomination in the worldwide field of traditional folk music, another in 2004 and another in 2009.
From the day they started, they have gone from strength to strength. Never before in Cajun music has a comparable
wealth of skills been brought to the same table.
We invite all to throw a blanket on the turf, secure a picnic table next to the playground, sit on chairs, learn a two step or waltz and get up and dance, bring the kids and play together, or make it a date night. Bring a dinner or purchase one on-site from Roadside BBQ. The night is filled with possibilities and the music is straight from Southwestern Louisiana.
WHAT: Cajun Music, Dance Lesson, picnics, dinner, playground, dancing, cocktails, fun. Outdoors under the stars.
WHO: All are invited. Family Friendly
WHEN: Sat, July 21 @ 7pm. Doors Open @ 6pm. Dance lesson @ 6:35
WHERE: The Osher Marin JCC, 200 N San Pedro Rd. San Rafael, CA
PARKING: Ample FREE parking. Accessing the Osher Marin JCC from Highway 101 is effortless, ¼ mile E off 101
TICKETS: Adults- $20 advance/$25 day of/Kids
6-18 - $5. Children 5 and under FREE ~ www.marinjcc.org/summernights
MORE: Steve Riley, of Mamou Louisiana, is a widely acknowledged master of the Cajun accordion and its singularly powerful sound. There has never been an official competition among Cajun accordionists. Whenever a contest does arise, Steve Riley usually wins it, or judges it. Most people think Steve is the best there is, and very few would argue the point. His playing is a standard by which timing, phrasing and ingenuity are measured on the royal instrument of South Louisiana. That, combined with his searing, emotional vocals, songwriting, soulful fiddling and onstage front man charisma have led many to refer to the band simply as "Steve Riley." For many, that would be
enough, but for this band, and its devoted fans, there's much, much more.
The Summer Nights Festival is a series of five celebrations for all ages with live music, dance instruction, food, and family fun. Presented by
The Kanbar Center for the Performing Arts, each celebration brings in hundreds of guests for an evening of culture and community under the summer skies.
“One of the most remarkable aspects of Summer Nights is the venue. The outdoor field and playground where the concerts take place are part of the larger campus serving the JCC and Brandeis Hillel Day School. Located uphill from the JCC, Swig field is surrounded on all sides by the Marin Hills and the JCC building, creating a self-contained, safe, outdoor park-like environment that is expansive and open,
yet accessible only through the JCC and removed from the street.”
Sat, 7/14: Euro-Gypsy Night - Rupa& the April Fishes
Sat, 7/21: African Music Night - Oliver Mtukudzi & the Black Spirits
Sat, 7/28: Cajun Night - Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys
Sat, 8/4: Latin Music Night - Orquesta La Moderna Tradicion