Some of the best-known names in Cajun music came together on Saturday night to remember one of their own – Courtney Granger.
The Pine Leaf Boys, Granger’s band, along with his cousin Christine Balfa, Cameron Fontenot and other musicians he has performed with have gathered at the Hideaway on Lee to honor him with music.
Granger, 39, died last month.
“We both grew up under the Balfa Brothers, you know that style of music is the style that we both played when we were younger and when we got together and played it was usually Balfa music. Brothers. He was a great singer. He had an ability to really make you feel his emotions and just feel it when he played. He had a lot of soul and a lot of emotion when he played, “said musician Steve Riley , which happened during last night’s event.
Her bandmates announced that they had partnered with the nonprofit Acadiana Center for the Arts to set up the Courtney Granger Memorial Fund to use the balance of a Gofundme set up to help her with its medical bills and raise additional funds to invest and provide residual grants. to support aspiring Cajun / Zydeco musicians without the means to visit the music camps Courtney loved so much.
“As the fund grows, the principal amount will earn higher interest and may support more musicians, as well as supply and repair instruments, or possibly fund Cajun music teachers in schools, etc. Twice per year we will post updates on the fund and how it is being used, the current balance and information on how people can apply for grants, ”the social media post said.
If you would like to help, here is the link: https://donorbox.org/courtney-granger-memorial-fund
To see updates, visit this page: www.facebook.com/courtneygrangermemorialfund