LEWISTON – The Franco-American Heritage Center is preparing for another Soiree Canadienne with music, food and fun on Friday, June 13.

This month, patrons will be served lobster rolls, salad, desserts and beverages. The popular C’est Si Bon band will provide the music.

Organized in the mid-1970s to provide music for the first Lewiston Franco-American Festival, L’orchestre C’est Si Bon was named after the C’est Si Bon café, which was part of that festival. The band became one of the most popular French musical groups in New England and a favorite of the Quebec Winter Carnival for several years. The band performed at all major Franco-American festivals in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, New York and Canada.

Reunited in 2007 by former members of the group as a musical tribute to founder Ray Chouinard, who died in 2006, C’est Si Bon now performs at Franco-American festivals to promote French music and culture.

Current C’est Si Bon band members are Nel Meservier on keyboard; Mickey Meservier on guitar; Gerry Meservier on drums, all from Lewiston; Don Leblanc of Livermore Falls on fiddle; and Aurel Paquette of Saco, vocals.

The Soiree Canadienne will begin at 5:30 p.m. Doors will open at 5 p.m. Admission is $12; $10 for seniors and students. For tickets, contact the Franco center box office at 689-2000. Information is also available at francoamericanheritage.org.


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