Ter­rance Simien and The Zy­deco Ex­pe­ri­ence head­line the Le­vitt Amp Con­cert Se­ries. TONIGHT

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Ter­rance Simien is an eighth-gen­er­a­tion Louisiana Cre­ole who has been shat­ter­ing myths about his in­dige­nous Zy­deco roots since the early 1980s.

Even folks not fa­mil­iar with his name will rec­og­nize his mu­sic. In 2012, he per­formed “Dance Ev­ery­day” in the Warner Broth­ers film, “The Lucky One,” which starred Zac Efron and Blythe Dan­ner. His ver­sion of the Zy­deco stan­dard “Un­cle Bud” was also used in the film. That movie and “The Big Easy” are two of a dozen films that he and his band, The Zy­deco Ex­pe­ri­ence, have been fea­tured in along with nu­mer­ous TV com- mer­cials.

Tonight he’ll bring a splash of New Or­leans cul­ture to town when Simien and The Zy­deco Ex­pe­ri­ence head­line the free Le­vitt Amp Con­cert Se­ries at the Bessie Smith Cul­tural Cen­ter, 200 E. M. L. King Blvd. Show time is 7 p. m. Kelle Jolly & The Will Boyd Project will open.

Simien was born in 1965 into the hip­pie/folk/ soul mu­sic era that still in­trigues him. He says he was in­spired by all mu­sic from that pe­riod. His fam­ily is doc­u­mented in his­tory books as one of the first Cre­ole fam­i­lies to set­tle St. Landry Par­ish.

In 1983, at the age of 18, Simien be­gan tour­ing pro­fes­sion­ally, and by 20, shared the stage with Fats Domino and Sarah Vaughan at the Bern Jazz Fes­ti­val. His ca­reer ex­ploded af­ter that. Now he and his band have per­formed more than 7,000 con­certs, have 19 al­bums and have played in 45 coun­tries.

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Ter­rance Simien and The Zy­deco Ex­pe­ri­ence were fea­tured in the movies “The Big Easy” and “The Lucky One.”

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