The Rayo Brothers — from left, Jordan Ardoin, brothers Jesse and Daniel Reaux, and Lance Kelehan — will bring their special brand of music to Saturday night’s Greetings From Levy Park “road show” at the Pavilion in Iota. The band will take the stage at 7 p.m.
Inaugural Greetings ‘road show’ in Iota
Greetings From Levy park takes its show on the road for the first time Saturday when it will host The Rayo Brothers live — and free — at The Pavilion in Iota.
Just off its sixth season in Crowley, GFLP organizer Keeffer Kelbaugh said the Iota concert is the first step in an effort to expand the “Greetings concept.”
“Iota is our first destination,” Kelbaugh recently told Acadia’s tourism group. “Next year we hope to maybe add Church Point and, the next year, Rayne.
“Our goal is to make this a parishwide thing.”
GLFP’s “thing” is to offer music that “you don’t typically see in Acadiana,” Kelbaugh explained. During its six seasons in Crowley, Greetings organizers have brought in bands from Charleston, South Carolina; Muscle Shoals, Alabama; Los Angeles, California; Houston and Austin, Texas; and beyond.
While The Rayo Brothers are from Lafayette, “They have a huge following,” Kelbaugh said. And that following is the primary reason the band will be performing for the third time under the Greetings banner. Previous performances in 2014 and 2015 as part of the spring concert series in Crowley were among the best-attended.
Brothers Jesse and Daniel Reaux might well have become Cajun musicians. They are first cousins to Lost Bayou Ramblers band members Andre and Louis Michot and their uncles are in Les Frères Michot.
But, rather than play Cajun music, The Rayo Brothers ventured in a different direction, mixing bluegrass, blues and outlaw country into their own unique style of folk-rack and Americana.
Featuring Daniel Reaux on vocals and acoustic guitar, Jesse Reaux on banjo and guitar, Jordan Ardoin on upright bass and Lance Kelehan on drums and mandolin, The Ray Brothers formed in 2012 at a local song-writing competition. After making it to the final round and winning over new fans, they began playing anywhere they could — from the streets of New Orleans to Lafayette’s Downtown Alive and at regional festivals such as Gulf Brew, Calling It Home and Cutting Edge Music Festival.
They performed at the 2019 Festival International.
The Rayo Brothers released their debut EP, Reaux, to great local acclaim. Their debut album, “Gunslinger,” was released in late 2014, followed by “Take You For A Drive” in 2017 and, most recently, “Victim & Villain” earlier this year.
Offbeat Magazine said the brothers present “honest and insightful” songwriting against a backdrop of “impassioned folk rock and modern alt-country with majestic, sweeping arrangements.”
In addition to the musical entertainment, GFLP offers a number of activities for children.
“It’s really a family event,” Kelbaugh said. “We have fun jumps, face painting, we bring the Kona Ice truck and we’ve even had a petting zoo.”
Refreshments will be available at nearby venues.
The Rayo Brothers are set to take the stage at 7 p.m.