A regional music group has made 2011 a year to remember. The Lacassine Playboys claimed several awards at the 23rd Annual Le Cajun Plaque and Music Awards Ceremony, which was presented by the Cajun French Music Association, on Aug. 19 at the Cade Community Ctr. in St. Martinsville, La.

The band won awards for “Band of the Year”, and “Album of the Year” and “The Peoples Choice Award”, while also receiving individual member honors. Ellis Vanicore won “Fiddler of the Year” and Kaleb Trahan was named “Accordionist of the Year.”

Only members of the Cajun French Music Association, which boasts a membership of more than 2000 families, can vote for these prestigious awards. These families serve seven chapters in Louisiana, four in Southeast Texas, and even one in Chicago, Ill.

Cajun music fans interested in witnessing this talented quintet firsthand may do so this Saturday as the group will perform at 10:45 am, at Festival Acadian in Gerard Park in Lafayette, La. The group performs regularly every Sunday at Wayne and Layne’s in Carlyss, La. from 3 to 7 p.m.