LEWISTON —  The Franco-American Heritage Center is preparing for another Soiree Canadienne with music, food, and good fun at 5:30 p.m.,  May 15  This month, patrons will feast to pea soup, salmon pie with white sauce, or meat pie with gravy, mashed potatoes, beets, dessert and beverage. For music, a local favorite for many Franco-American events is the ever-popular C’est Si Bon band.

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 café, C’est Si Bon, 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  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 its founder Ray Chouinard, who passed away in 2006, C’est Si Bon now performs for Franco-American festivals and other events to promote French music and culture.

The current members of the C’est Si Bon band are Nel Meservier on keyboard; Mickey Meservier on guitar; Gerry Meservier on drums, all from Lewiston; Don Leblanc from Livermore falls on fiddle and Aurel Paquette vocalist from Saco.

Admission is $12; seniors and students, $10. For tickets, contact the box office at 689-2000. Information is also available at francoamericanheritage.org. Doors will open at 5 p.m.


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