The Pine Leaf Boys follow in the footsteps of legendary Cajun music kingpins Beausoleil, but they add more bite to the traditional sound, layering in rock and roll energy, a bit of funk and a lot of youthful exuberance.
The Grammy-nominated quintet rolled into Schenectady’s Central Park for a free concert at the Music Haven on Sunday, July 19, wrapping up their national tour before returning to their southwest Louisiana hometown of Lafayette.
Under a setting sun, the Pine Leaf Boys played and sang their Acadian-rooted two-steps and waltzes, led by accordionist Wilson Savoy and fiddler Courtney Granger. Audience members each seemed to wear a smile, and some of them danced merrily around the outdoor amphitheater.
Next up on the Music Haven‘s free concert schedule is Salsa Celtica at 7pm on Sunday, July 26.
review and photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk.