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828-262-6084 ext. 109
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Thursday, Feb. 22, 2024 | 10am
RECOMMENDED FOR: All Grades
STUDY GUIDE: Click HERE for printable pdf
LOCATION: Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts
RUN TIME: Approximately 60 minutes
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For over 40 years, two-time GRAMMY Award-winning, 8th generation Louisiana Creole Terrance Simien (born September 3, 1965), has been shattering the myths and often misinformation, about what his traditional Zydeco roots music is – and is not. It most certainly is American roots music and it is music born of the Black and mixed race French-speaking Creoles of South Louisiana. It’s exhilarating and as complex and diverse as the Creoles. It’s also more than just one rhythm and one tempo. Sure it’s about dancing; “less dancing please,” said no-one ever! But, it’s also about grooving in place and dancing freely. It’s definitely about the vocal performance as well. Terrance’s lead vocals, and the stunning three-part harmonies of he, Danny and Stan, are proof positive that vocal performances matter! Zydeco is dynamic and evolving – remaining relevant to allow its artists to express themselves within their genre without constraints.
Simien has become one of the most respected and accomplished artists in American roots music today. He and his bandmates have performed over 10,000 concerts, toured millions of miles to more than 45 countries during their eventful career. Their music has been placed in multiple theater release films, including a Disney film, and TV and radio commercials. They’ve shared studio and stage with legends the Meters, Art Neville, Los Lobos, Marcia Ball, the late Robert Palmer and Dave Matthews Band, to name a few. They’ve been cultural ambassadors for their country since the mid 1980s as part of the U.S,. State Department ongoing cultural diplomacy tours.
Every season, affordable music, dance, film, and theatre events are offered to students and their teachers from K-12 classrooms across the region. Students experience everything from high-energy acrobatics and Appalachian music to international dance and literary classics brought to life through theatrical productions. LEARN MORE >>