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Heritage Series Concert - The Pine Leaf Boys

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Date: November 30, 2010

Cuyahoga Valley National Park News Release

For Immediate Release –Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Mary Pat Doorley, CVNP, (440) 546-5995, (440) 343-7355 (cell), or mary_pat_doorley@nps.gov

Jocelyn Buckey, CVNPA, (330) 657-2909 ext. 106 or jbuckey@cvnpa.org

Brecksville, Ohio – The enormously talented and energetic Cajun band, Pine Leaf Boys takes to the stage at Happy Days Lodge as part of the Cuyahoga Valley Heritage Series. The show begins at 8 p.m. on Saturday, December 11, 2010 in Cuyahoga Valley National Park (CVNP). The Heritage Series, presented by the National Park Service and Cuyahoga Valley National Park Association (CVNPA), celebrates the cultural legacy of the Cuyahoga Valley. The series is sponsored by Courtyard Marriott- Akron/Stow, 89.7, WKSU, Lloyd L. & Louise K. Smith Foundation, Ohio Arts Council, and Cable 9. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Admission is $17 adults, $12 CVNPA members, and $5 children ages 3 - 12. General seating. Advance sales are available until 3 p.m. on Friday for that weekend’s show by calling (330) 657-2909 or stopping at Park Place in Peninsula. For updated ticket availability information, call the Cultural Arts Hotline at (330) 650-4636, ext. 228. The hotline is updated at 2 p.m. the day of every concert and is intended to inform callers of sold out events or weather related cancellations. Louisiana's finest, three-time Grammy-Nominated, world-renown Pine Leaf Boys has made a name for presenting its own inimitable brand of Cajun music with youthful exuberance. Hailing from the southwest Louisiana, the Pine Leaf Boys, known for its wild shows and thoughtful arrangements, has breathed new life into Cajun music, reviving ancient songs and bringing them to the bandstand. Being described in the New York Times as, "... the link that connects the young and the old generations," and, "the best new, energetic, and fun Cajun band in a very long time," the Pine Leaf Boys plays the old fashion dance hall standards while making a priority to bring many of the more obscure songs of past masters into its repertoire and play them with gusto.

The variety and energy the members release evolves through their shows, bringing multi-faceted angles to Cajun, Creole, and Zydeco. Their mission is to present the beautiful, powerful music of their ancestors, and present the real Cajun music to the world and prove that it is still thriving and full of life. The Pine Leaf Boys has preserved the traditional Cajun sound, while allowing it to breathe and stretch with those who play it.

Pine Leaf Boys members include Wilson Savoy (accordion and vocals), Courtney Granger (fiddle and vocals), Jon Bertrand (guitar), Drew Simon (drums and vocals), and Thomas David (bass).

Happy Days Lodge, located at 500 West Streetsboro Road (State Route 303) in Peninsula 44264, 1 mile west of State Route 8, is a restored Civilian Conservation Corps structure that provides a rustic ambiance for folk and traditional concerts, theater, lectures, and special event rentals. For more information on rentals, call CVNPA at (330) 657-2909 ext. 119.

CVNPA is a nonprofit organization created to engage public support for the park and provide services to enhance public use and enjoyment of the park. For more information about CVNPA and its membership program, visit www.cvnpa.org or call (330) 657-2909.

CVNP encompasses 33,000 acres along the Cuyahoga River between Cleveland and Akron, Ohio. Managed by the National Park Service, CVNP combines cultural, historical, recreational, and natural activities in one setting. For more information visit www.nps.gov/cuva/ or www.dayinthevalley.com or call (330) 657-2752 or (800) 257-9477.

-NPS-

 
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Did You Know?

Image courtesy of Cleveland Museum of Natural History

American Indians in the Cuyahoga Valley were influenced by the Hopewell Culture, which created large mound complexes in central Ohio from 100 B.C. – A.D. 500? In the Cuyahoga Valley, American Indians built small mounds rather than large ceremonial centers.