“Evening on the Bayou,” featuring the Savoy Family Cajun Band, is being presented July 13 at the Garage Pub at Yellowstone Valley Brewing Co.
The Savoy Family Cajun Band features Marc and Ann Savoy and their sons Joel and Wilson. Marc and Ann have been performing and recording together since 1977. They have traveled all over the world, appearing in such venues as the Newport Folk Festival, the Berlin Jazz Festival, the Smithsonian Institution and the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London.
In addition to the Savoy Family show, the Garage event features jambalaya, spicy cornbread and Cajun Eddie Confetti offered for sale by Cocina Villareal.
Tickets are $10 at the door or $15 in advance with jambalaya. You can also purchase the jambalaya separately for $7.
Linda Ronstadt has called Joel Savoy one of her favorite musicians on “just about any instrument, but on guitar and Cajun fiddle he is truly outstanding.”
Maintaining a more acoustic approach to Cajun music, the Savoy Family Cajun Band takes pride in drawing considerable power from four acoustic instruments. Sometimes the group demonstrates the way Cajun music has evolved by featuring the early double fiddle — triangle sound or an accordion — fiddle duet. Early French ballads are added to the program to show other historic elements of early southwest Louisiana.
Between songs, Ann may briefly translate the songs’ Cajun French poetry. On occasion, in concert settings, she does readings from the old Cajun masters from her book on the history of Cajun music.
The repertoire includes popular dance hall 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 dance halls of southwest Louisiana to the stage, peppered with humorous and informative anecdotes about life in the Cajun heartland.
Ann and Joel appeared in the film “Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood” and they performed on the Warner Brothers soundtrack, as well as at the film’s premiere in Los Angeles. Ann also served as associate music producer and wrote a song for the Sony Pictures release “All The King’s Men,” and she, Joel and Wilson appeared with the film’s star, Sean Penn, as musicians.
As a member of the Grammy-nominated Pine Leaf Boys, Wilson appeared on HBO’s “Treme” series. Joel was a founding member of the Red Stick Ramblers and today has his own record company, Valcour Records.