Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys - David Rubenstein Atrium

Date: 08/18/11
Ages: TW,TE,AD
61 W. 62nd Street - 212-875-5456
Manhattan, NY 10023

Description: The band is called Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys. The guy in the middle holds a button-box that squeezes like an accordion, but shouts hallelujah like a big brass band. The fiddle cracks wise and warm, the guitar falls off the edge of the earth, and the rhythm section purrs. It all flows as a smooth groove, topped with three heartfelt voices harmonizing in 17th-century French from the sub-tropics. Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys began more than 20 years ago. Their 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, with a second nomination in 2004, and another in 2009. For more artist information, visit