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Get Tickets To See Grammy-Winning Zydeco Master Terrance Simien at SPACE

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SPACE is excited to welcome two-time Grammy-award winning artist Terrance Simien & The Zydeco Experience on Friday, Jan. 23. The concert will be part of the multi-venue Chicago Bluegrass & Blues festival, which also features The String Cheese Incident, Steve Earle, Robert Randolph and more.

Simien, an eighth generation Louisiana Creole, has been shattering the myths about what his indigenous Zydeco roots music is and is not. Leading his Zydeco Experience band, Simien has become one of the most respected and accomplished artists in American roots music today. He and his bandmates have performed over 7000 concerts, toured millions of miles to over 45 countries during their eventful career.

Simien and his collaborators from the Zydeco Experience band were honored with their second Grammy award in Los Angeles on Jan. 26, 2014 at the Nokia Theatre. This year was their 28th consecutive New Orleans Jazz Festival performance: an event that has become the gold standard for showcasing and celebrating all Louisiana music traditions.

2012 found Simien and his bandmates seen performing their original song “Dance Everyday” in the Warner Brothers film The Lucky One starring Zac Efron and Blythe Danner, and directed by Oscar-nominated director Scott Hicks. Simien’s version of zydeco standard “Uncle Bud” was also used in the film.

2009 signaled the release of Disney’s The Princess and the Frog, set in the city of New Orleans and featured their first black princess. Alas, history was made. Simien is the featured guest artist on “Gonna Take You There,” a zydeco-flavored song penned by Randy Newman. Simien recorded the song with Newman in Los Angeles in late 2007. The song was inspired by Simien’s music and it became a favorite track for children everywhere! Simien’s student audiences all over the country sing along with him when he and his bandmates perform it during their school-time concerts. History was also made in a very big way for this genre as it was the first time Disney featured zydeco music in a film! However, what really changed the game was having the word zydeco spoken in the movie, introducing generations of young children and families to an indigenous American roots music that because of this film, many heard for the very first time. We are forever grateful to John Lasseter and the team at Disney for this rare opportunity to have this genre immortalized in a Disney film.

In 2005, Simien led HBO producers deep into Creole country for another high visible opportunity for the genre and he introduced them to the prodigious 5-year-old zydeco talent, Guyland Leday. This gifted young musician was featured in the HBO doc “The Music in Me: Children’s Recitals from Classical to Latin, Jazz to Zydeco.” This was a huge victory for his state, genre and Creole culture.

For more info, visit evanstonspace.com and terrancesimien.com.

Posted January 5th, 2015

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