Thursday, October 18, 2012
Wear your dancing shoes ’cause the Zydeco is going to get you this Saturday, Oct.20 at 7:30 p.m. as the University of West Georgia’s Townsend Center for the Performing Arts kicks-off its 2012-2013 season with Terrance Simien and the Zydeco Experience. The fun begins at 6:30 p.m. with refreshments in the lobby, door prizes and games.
For nearly 30 years, Grammy award-winner Terrance Simien, an 8th generation Creole from St. Landry Parish in Louisiana, has served as an ambassador for his indigenous music by shattering the myths about Creole Zydeco. Rolling Stone Magazine states, “Simien is a Zydeco Master: his voice yearning like Sam Cooke, he delivers soul worthy of Stax greats and shows crossover class.” Leading his Zydeco Experience band, Simien and his musicians have performed over 7,000 concerts, touring millions of miles to 47 countries.
Simien is blessed with an extraordinary talent that expresses the deepest human emotions through the original instrument, the voice. He takes his audiences on a multicultural tour of the world, rich with the heritage of the many countries he has toured. Simien creates 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 has found a seamless and artful way to deliver his eclectic music as a relevant, evolving artist who is clearly rooted in Creole tradition.
Born in 1965 into the hippie folk and soul music era, Simien grew artistically being influenced by the great music that has defined our country’s musical legacy. He was as influenced by Dylan and Simon and Garfunkel as he was by Marvin Gaye, Sam Cooke and the Meters. Simien was deeply affected by great Creole Zydeco pioneers like Chenier, Delafose, Chavis, Ardoin and Fontenot to name a few. Simien counts himself one of the fortunate, as he is the last generation with a direct link to these artists, some of whom mentored him as an emerging talent. He has assumed that same role to a new generation of young Zydeco players. He understands how critical mentoring is to the survival of this roots music that has become synonymous with the cultural identity of Louisiana and the South.
At the young age of 18, Simien began touring professionally and by 20 he was sharing the stage with Fats Domino and Sarah Vaughn at the Bern Jazz Festival. Celebrating his 27th consecutive New Orleans Jazz Festival in 2012, he has shared the stage with Robert Palmer, Stevie Wonder, Dr. John, Paul Simon and countless others. Simien’s music has been featured in dozens of films, including The Big Easy, The Lucky One and Disney’s The Princess and the Frog.
Tickets are on sale now: $12 adults, $10 seniors/military and $8 children. Ticket subscription packages are available at discounted prices depending on the number of shows purchased and special discounts are available for groups of 12 or more. To order tickets or for more information, call 678-839-4722. Tickets may be purchased at the Townsend Center Box Office, Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and online anytime at townsendcenter.org.
The 2012 – 2013 season is made possible by the generous support of the Carroll Symphony Orchestra Foundation, the Community Foundation of West Georgia, Mrs. Lucille Commander, the Family of the late Dr. Richard L. Dangle, Chester and Faye Gibson, Bradley and Janet Townsend and LiveArt at the Townsend Center.