Madi­son Cul­tural cen­ter hosts Grammy award win­ning artist

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In­stead of tak­ing a trip to the Big Easy to take a break from the colder win­ter weather, head over to the Cul­tural Cen­ter’s Hall on Fri­day, Jan. 18 at 7:30 p.m. to en­joy some amaz­ing Cre­ole Zy­deco mu­sic... And you just might find your­self danc­ing the night away!

For nearly 30 years, Grammy award win­ning artist Ter­rance Simien, an eighth gen­er­a­tion Louisiana Cre­ole, has been shat­ter­ing the myths about what his in­dige­nous Zy­deco mu­sic is and is not. Lead­ing his Zy­deco Ex­pe­ri­ence band, Simien has be­come one of the most re­spected and in­ter­na­tion­ally rec­og­nized tour­ing and record­ing artists in roots mu­sic to­day. He has per­formed over 6,000 con­certs, toured mil­lions of miles to over 45 coun­tries and reached at least a mil­lion peo­ple dur­ing his eventful ca­reer that spans three decades. His mu­sic has even been fea­tured in hit movies such as the “Big Easy” and Dis- ney’s “The Princess and the Frog”.

Born in 1965 into the hip­pie, folk and soul mu­sic era, Simien grew ar­tis­ti­cally, be­ing in­flu­enced by all of the great mu­sic that has de­fined our coun­try’s mu­si­cal legacy, in­clud­ing mu­sic from that pe­riod.

He was as in­flu­enced by Bob Dy­lan and Simon and Gar­funkel as he was by Sam Cooke and the Me­ters. He has 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. His mu­sic has been heard on NPR syn­di­cated ra­dio shows like World Café, Amer­i­can Routes, E-town and House of Blues Ra­dio Hour. His record­ings have been praised by Rolling Stone, call­ing Simien as “A Zy­deco Master: his voice yearn­ing like Sam Cooke, he de­liv­ers soul wor­thy of Stax greats and shows cross­over class.”

Carnegie Hall sent him and his group to Mali, West Africa to present “Cre­ole for Kidz & The His­tory of Zy­deco” as part of a unique dis­tance learn­ing pro­gram en­ti­tled Global En­coun­ters. Simien’s ground­break­ing arts ed­u­ca­tion pro­gram of the same ti­tle has reached nearly 350,000 in 10 years since it de­buted. This dy­namic pro­gram is pre­sented at art cen­ters, schools and fes­ti­vals. Simien is help­ing build an au­di­ence that is more knowl­edge­able about roots mu­sic and a more cul­tur­ally lit­er­ate gen­er­a­tion of young per­form­ing arts pa­trons. Simien will be per­form­ing his “Cre­ole for Kidz and His­tory of Zy­deco on Fri­day Jan. 18, at 9:30 a.m. in the Cen­ter’s Hall.

Tick­ets are avail­able for Ter­rance Simien and the Zy­deco Ex­pe­ri­ence for both mem­bers and non-mem­bers of the Madi­son Cul­tural Cen­ter. Mem­ber prices are $35, non-mem­bers are $45 and stu­dents are $20. For more in­for­ma­tion about the Cul­tural Cen­ter and to pur­chase tick­ets for Ter­rance Simien and the Zy­deco Ex­pe­ri­ence, call (706) 3424743 or visit mmcc-arts. org.

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