A Music Company Inc. is bringing two time Grammy winning Zydeco artist Terrance Simien & the Zydeco Experience to Ivywild School, 1604 S. Cascade Ave, Colorado Springs, on Thursday, June 19, 2014. Show time is 7:00p.m.
For nearly 30 years Terrance Simien, 8th 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 band mates have performed over 7000 concerts and toured millions of miles to over 45 countries during their eventful career.
In 1983 at the young age of 18, Simien began touring professionally and by 20 he was sharing the stage with Fats Domino and Sarah Vaughn. His career exploded after that and Terrence remains a pivotal part of Zydeco music history. Simien was vital to the “renaissance” of a genre that was becoming extinct with the passing of each pioneer starting with Clifton Chenier in 1987. By the end of the 1990’s, all of the other influential pioneers had departed. This placed Terrance at the forefront of an exciting period of growth and popularity for his genre.
Simien and his band mates have shared studio and stage with Robert Palmer, Stevie Wonder, Los Lobos, Taj Mahal, Dr. John, the Meters, Alan Toussaint, Paul Simon and Dave Matthews Band to name a few. Their music has been featured in TV commercials and a dozen or more films, including the blockbuster “The Big Easy” which changed the game for Louisiana music in the late 80’s.
2008 proved to be one of the most memorable years for Simien as he was honored with a GRAMMY award, the first in zydeco since his uncle Rockin’ Sidney Simien received his in 1985. They also performed that day at The 50th GRAMMY Awards pre-television ceremony.
2009 marked the release of Disney’s “The Princess and the Frog”, set in the city of New Orleans. “Gonna Take You There”, a zydeco flavored song penned by Randy Newman and inspired by Simien’s music became one of favorite songs from the film. 2012 found Simien and his band mates performing their original song “Dance Everyday” in the Warner Brothers film “The Lucky One” starring Zac Efron and Blythe Danner.
The Grammy awards in 2014 saw Simien take home the prize for Best Regional Roots Music Album for 2013′s Dockside Sessions.
“To be able to present an artist of this caliber in Colorado Springs is a real thrill for us” says Amy Whitesell of A Music Company Inc., promoter of the show. “People just can’t sit still with Zydeco music and the gymnasium floor at Ivywild School should be packed all night”
Tickets are $20 advance and $25 the day of show. Tickets are available online at www.amusiccompanyinc.com or at the Ivywild School’s Dry Goods Store.
For more information contact A Music Company Inc. at 719-576-5945.