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Re: Re: Re: Re: Finally going to go to Savoy Music Center Jam

The Blue Moon jam is every Wednesday evening. And, as indicated on a thread further down, Ray Abshire tends to frequent that one.


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Frenchie's in Mamou across the street from Fred's has a Jam on Saturday?? afternoons, I believe. Like at 3 p.m. Fred's is always a good time, but I enjoy Marc's jams. Never know who is going to show up there. Last time I went, Marc Savoy, Wilson Savoy, Mitch Reed (bassist from Beausoleil), Andrew Cormier, and a crap load of other people were there. Lots of fun

Re: Finally going to go to Savoy Music Center Jam

Check the third link (The Patsy Report), also pasted in below, wait about 5 seconds for the splash page to go away, and then search the word "jam" and you'll find several. You might want to call first. I went to the Saturday Jam at the Coffee Break in Breaux Bridge two weeks in a row, right after the Zydeco Breakfast at Cafe Des Amis (one block away), and found it to be a really fine time. There's usually a professional musician leading or participating. David Greeley from the Mamou Playboys and Gina Forsyth from Bruce Daigrepont's band were there.

The Patsy Report:

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Reading this post and these replies was a lot of fun!! I hope you'll all have a great time at any of the Savoy Music Center jams. What's posted above is all true--you'll be an automatic friend to all if you walk in with a box of boudin or some cold beer (check out Eunice Poulty, just a bit further into Eunice on Hwy 190 for the best boudin around!!), there are a ton of great CDs there (and you might get lucky and find some vinyl, if that's your thing), and you never know who's going to show up--Mike Doucet, Steve Riley, Mitch Reed, etc.

As for video cameras, I spent about ten years working there, selling CDs every Saturday morning, and my advice to you is to go ahead and film whatever you want, just be low-key about it. I mean, don't go walking up in people's faces and standing in the middle of the musicians or anything. And make sure it's just a little Handycam or something like that. Everyone's there just to chill and play music, catch up with friends, and enjoy the morning, not to think they're going to be on TV or something!

OH! And Dad's 66 years old, okay? And he's been fighting with everyone about keeping the culture alive and keeping it from commercialization (or, as he would put it "*******ization") for all those years, so maybe he's kinda sensitive to it. He has his moods, but, hey! He's Cajun! We're all known for being moody--isn't that part of our charm?? Don't let it get to you :)


Re: My short clip of Sat. jam at Savoy Music Center & question for Sarah

For the ones who have never had the opportunity to drop by, here's a short clip I captured last year as I dropped by Marc's shop during Balfa camp last year. This should give you an idea of the ambiance.
What was particularly interesting about the format of this jam session was that less experienced musicians are invited to participate, as long as they they take a lower profile in the back and let the most experienced musicians lead. Great way to learn from the best while giving an opportunity to the more amateur to improve.
On a funny anecdotal note, I had my box with me, and I asked Marc if I could play (in the back of the room of course)... He said sarcastically: "We don't play music here!"

Sarah: Nice to see you're joining us on this forum. I've checked out your MySpace page. Your band has a nice sound. I understand Bonsoir Catin is coming to Nova Scotia this August 4 to play at the Festival acadien de Clare. Isn't your mom is part of that band? If so, is Marc coming too? I talked to Marc last year, he said he had never been to Nova Scotia, but would love to go...

Salut bien... Maz

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Hey Maz! I've checked out your videos on YouTube and enjoyed them. I wish I had my accordion here to learn some licks from you! :) Bonsoir Catin is Christine Balfa, Kristy Guidry (Guillory? I'm horrible-I always confuse her last name), and Anya Schoenegge (from the Magnolia Sisters). I don't know the bassist's name. They're a great band and from what I've seen on YouTube, it looks like their shows must be a lot of fun--they're such fun women, I can only imagine!! But, no, Mom's not in it. Dad's never been to Nova Scotia? That's strange and hard to believe, but if that's what he said it must be true. I've never been either. I'd love to go! I've heard it's so beautiful.

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Salut Sarah comment ça va? - Oh, you've got to come over this area some day and visit your motherland! lol
If you happen to visit, let me know. In Halifax, my door is alway open for my cajun cousins.
Over the past couple of years, I've had the pleasure to host several folks including some of the the Pine Leafs (Cedric, Blake, Jay & Eric as they were attending the french programme at Université Sainte-Anne) the Millers, etc and a couple of participants from this site too. It's always good fun.
So you reviewed some of my youtube clips - did you see the ones at Balfa your mom, Joel, Dirk & ?Schartz (see above)? Great souvenirs... I'm hoping to go back next year.

Sur ce, salut et à la prochaine! Maz

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Bonsoir Catin Bassist

That would be Yvette Landry, who also plays bass with the Lafayette Rhythm Devils.

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Marc Savoy is a true legend and one of the proudest Acadians I've ever had the pleasure to meet (on a few separate occasions). He's an interesting guy with a very gifted family -- in all apsects. You never know what his topic of the day is going to be, but he's gonna have one and you'll be enthralled and at times possibly rubbed the wrong way. Nevertheless a captivating guy -- and Ann is a real charm!

Check the website link #3 for a photo of my last visit!


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Just a comment- I found Marc Savoy to be a very cordial guy when I visited the Savoy Music store in Eunice during the N.O. Jazzfest a few years ago.
I walked in unannounced and to my surprise Marc was right at the counter. Also, to my surprise he was ready to repair my Acadian accordion on short notice.
He picked the accordion up and played a few casual runs to check it out that sounded amazing to me. I didnt play the accordion myself while in the store, and I think he was intrigued...
he asked me "Do you play?" I assured him I did, but even though I had played in a band in Vt for 10 years, I was glad not to play after hearing the great runs he tossed off on my accordion.
He did scold me a little for the ridiculous soft case I had the accordion in, but that was warranted. Anyway,I found him to be very courteous to a stranger(me). Maybe I caught him at a good time,
or he liked the fact that I didnt rave about my playing (for good reason!)

Re: Finally going to go to Savoy Music Center Jam

Well we are back from Louisiana and I have to say that we had a great time eating gumbo and pickin and grinnin. We went Saturday morning to the jam at Savoy Music Center and man was it a blast. Marc Savoy played with us there and told me the banjo really fit well in their music. The room was crowded and almost everyone had an instrument and it really sounded good. Marc, Ann and their son Wilson who has the Pine Leaf Boys all played with us. Marc and me exchanged some accordion/banjo jokes that neither of us had heard each other's jokes before. He was really nice to me and Mike who played the bass for them. I got some great video and a digital recording that is so cool that I'm going to turn into a jamming cd to practice with like I do at our bluegrass jams. I really used this as a learning experience and tried to get the most out of it. Oh yeah got a cool t-shirt while I was there! If you folks are ever around the Eunice/Opelousas area on a Saturday morning between 9 and 12 you need to stop in for some fun, music, boudin and cracklins at the Savoy Music Center. Bruce Weeks

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Good for you Bruce.

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Bruce, I don't know if you'll get this, but I wanted to say thanks for posting about your good time at the jam. I'm happy to hear your very positive report. It's great that you got my dad's good side and enjoyed yourself. I'm also happy you to the opportunity to film while you were there, and that you had the nerve to bring out your banjo. I've seen people bring in lots of different instruments (even bagpipes) and play along, and it really adds a lot. I think, afterall, that that's what a jam is all about.

Cheers, and maybe I'll see you there one day,


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"Hey, whoz pickin the banjer here?" lol (Deliverance)the whistling guy.

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