Cajun music supergroup The Band Courtbouillon playing the Holy Saviour Club in Norristown

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Photo courtesy of the artist.
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The Band Courtbouillon are a Grammy award winning cajun music trio including Steve Riley (of the Mamou Playboys), Wayne Toups and Wilson Savoy of the Pine Leaf Boys. As individuals, Riley, Toups and Savoy have all picked up Grammy awards for their own solo work, however as Courtbouillon in 2013 – they won the Best Regional Roots Album Grammy for their self-titled release. This Friday night, June 27th, Allons Danser present the trio live in concert at the Holy Saviour Club in Norristown. Before the show at 8:30, there’ll be live zydeco dance lessons.

The Band Courtbouillon are a Cajun music super group. Toups and Riley represent the older guard of Cajun and Savoy, Riley’s cousin, is one of the younger twenty-something up and comers in his band the Pine Leaf Boys. According to Offbeat the band got together in February, 2011 to play for the first time. Herman Fuselier, writes in Offbeat:

At Café des Amis in Breaux Bridge, there was no battle of squeezebox egos. Toups played the accordion, backed by Savoy on fiddle and Riley on guitar. They unplugged the amps, dropped the drums and played Cajun songs recorded before they were born. They called the band Courtbouillon, a rich stew often made with tomato sauce, bell pepper, garlic, onion and catfish and served over rice. The music they stirred proved to be just as tasty.

“The music was supposed to go from 7 to 9 p.m., but we didn’t stop until 11:30 p.m.,” said Riley. “[Owner] Dickie Breaux told his wait staff, ‘Let those boys play as long as they want. Keep the doors open and keep the bar open.’ “Finally, we quit. Wilson’s and Wayne’s girlfriends had to carry them to their cars. Wilson said it was the worse hangover he ever had. But I guess it was a good sign of a good time. The next time we got together was in the studio to make a record.”

Below, download “Mamou Two Step,” from The Courtbouillon’s self-titled release.

Go here for tickets and more information to the show this Friday night.

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  • Mary Ann F.

    Anyone who thinks you need drums and a sound system to kick up some dust and fill the dance floor will find out they are mistaken. These guys are the real deal and not to be missed.