The Pine Leaf Boys perform at 8 p.m. Saturday at Twisted Oak Winery in Vallecito.
A release from the winery calls the quintet “Louisiana’s finest Cajun band.” It has earned four Grammy nominations and was sent on U.S. State Department tours in 2009 to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emerates and Jerusalem, in 2011, to Denmark, Latvia and Slovenia, in 2012 to Uzbekistan, Kyrgzstan and Tajikistan, in 2013 to Turkey and Macedonia and two tours in 2016, one to Croatia and Slovenia and then again to Turkey.
From southwestern Louisiana, the Pine Leaf Boys are today known for wild shows and thoughtful arrangements. The group is credited by many with reviving ancient songs and rejuvenating the state’s familiar music. The New York Times called the band “ ... 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 – Wilson Savoy on accordion and vocals, Courtney Granger on fiddle and vocals, Jon Bertrand on guitars, Drew Simon on drums and vocals and Thomas David on bass – play old-fashioned dance hall standards while making a priority to bring more obscure songs made famous by past masters into their repertoire. The band performs those songs with gusto.
The grounds at the winery at 4280 Red Hill Road, Vallecito, open at 7 p.m. and concertgoers are welcome to bring low-back chairs and blankets for first-come, first-served seating. No outside alcohol is allowed at the winery, but snacks, a dinner and beverages are on sale during the show.
Tickets are $30 for adults and $10 for children in advance at twistedoak/concerts or 736-9080 or $35 at the gate.