Terrance Simien and the Zydeco Experience

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November 2015

GRAMMY Award-winning Musician

Terrance Simien’s 30-year career has earned him two GRAMMYs and taken him to over 45 countries.  An eighth generation Louisiana Creole, Mr. Simien has been educating audiences the world over about his indigenous Zydeco roots music.  He and his Zydeco Experience band, are considered one of the most accomplished and respected bands in American roots music today.  They have performed for 28 straight years at the New Orleans Jazz Festival –the “gold standard” for Louisiana music traditions.

Mr. Simien’s music has also been featured in movies.  Most recently, in 2012, he wrote the original song “Dance Everyday” for the The Lucky One starring Zac Efron and Blythe Danner.  He also performed the Zyedeco standard, “Uncle Bud,” for the film.  In 2009, he became a part of movie history.  He served as a musical guest artist in The Princess and the Frog, the first feature-length Disney film to feature a black princess!  He sang, Gonna Take You There, a song written by Randy Newman.  And, this was the first Disney film to ever feature Zydeco music!

Mr. Simien counts himself as fortunate to have grown up mentored by the zydeco musicians before him.  He was also musically influenced by Bob Dylan, Simon and Garfunkel, and Sam Cooke and the Commodores.  His music has been described as a, “…hypnotic blend of New Orleans funk-reggae-flavored-world-blues-American zydeco roots music that beckons you to your feet and into the groove.”

He and his band have also shared the studio and stage with many talented musicians, including:  Stevie Wonder, Paul Simon, Alan Toussaint,  and Dave Matthews Band to name a few.

Finally, Mr. Simien has been recognized and awarded countless distinctions for his work and artistic contributions as a cultural ambassador for his home state of Louisiana and the US.

At Port Salerno Elementary School, Terrance Simien and the Zydeco Experience will be performing their groundbreaking Creole for Kidz program.  The video below gives a great overview of his culture, music, and the fun that his performances bring!

This event is not open to the public. 

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