Are you zydeco experienced? Terrance Simien, the barefoot, bead slinging, crowd surfing Zydeco Wildman from Louisiana will take the stage at the Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center Thursday, February 7, 2008 at 7:30 p.m. Terrance Simien, a Folkfest favorite and Grammy nominee, "probably has the best voice in his genre." His live performance was voted by Billboard Magazine as one of the Top Ten Live Performance Acts of the Year.
Zydeco is one of the most unique and wildly popular forms of American Roots Music. It is the indigenous music of the multi-racial, multi-cultural French speaking Creoles of southwest Louisiana and the core instrumentation is the accordion. Simien has fused traditional Creole zydeco with reggae, rock and soul. This show for all ages works well in many different formats: World, Folk, Americana, International, Blues or even Jam band.
Simien showers his ecstatic audiences with handfuls of authentic Mardi Gras beads and invites them on stage for a percussion jam. His legendary live performance is guaranteed to get audiences involved, excited and grooving like you have never seen before! Delivered by one of the most innovative artists in the genre, this is the sound that put the Creole culture of Louisiana on the map!
This Zydeco Master and native Creole of Louisiana is already a legend in his genre after nearly two decades as a professional touring and recording artist. The late Robert Palmer introduced Simien to his audiences from coast to coast while touring in the early 1990's as did Dave Matthews band in 2001. He has been featured at the legendary New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, performing on the same stage as Phish, the Meters, Alan Toussaint, Better than Ezra and Santana. Simien was featured on screen in the blockbuster movie "The Big Easy" and co-wrote a song with Dennis Quaid for the soundtrack. He has also shared studio and stage with legendary artists such as Paul Simon, Garth Hudson, the late Rick Danko, David Hidalgo and Los Lobos.
He has consistently diversified and shaped his beloved Zydeco music into a sound uniquely his. A true visionary, his audience expects him to push the creative envelope. Whether he is creating new Zydeco standards or re-creating a cover to sound refreshingly new he does it all with unconventional arrangements and instrumentation, including the rubboard.
Tickets may be purchased by calling the ArtsLine at 1-800-846-2787 or 814-269-7200 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Tickets are $18. Discount tickets of $16 are being offered to senior citizens (over 65 years of age) and members of the Pitt Johnstown Alumni Association. Student and Children tickets are only $10. There is a $2 handling fee on telephone and mail orders. Gift certificates are also available. The box office is open for in-person sales from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The box office also opens one hour before performances. For additional information visit www.upj.pitt.edu/ArtsCenter.
A unique Creole Theme Dinner is available to all PPAC patrons at Sunnehanna Country Club. A special dinner and performance package can be purchased by calling the PPAC Box Office at 269-7200 or 800-846-2787.
Dinner and Tickets: $41.00 per person
Dinner only: $25.00 per person
The Buffet Dinner begins at 5:15 p.m. and includes:
New Orleans Gumbo
K-Paul House Salad with Creole Dressing
Blackened Prime Rib with Creole Mustard Sauce
Pecan Crusted Trout with Meuniere Butter
Chicken and Sausage Jambalaya
New Orleans Brabant Potatoes
Bananas Foster with French Vanilla Ice Cream
Chocolate Pecan Pie
Beignets with Powdered Sugar
Café du Monde Chicory Coffee
An special performance of Terrance Simien's multicultural arts-in-education show, Creole for Kidz, perfect for school children or groups, grades 6 through 8, will be held on Thursday, February 7, 2008 beginning at 12:15 p.m. Tickets are $5 each. The program is centered on the indigenous Zydeco Music of the French speaking Creoles of south Louisiana and is accompanied by a 5 page study guide (found at www.terrancesimien.com) used to help prepare the students in advance for the performance.
Join us at the Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center on Thursday, February 7, 2008 for Terrance Simien and the Zydeco Experience and discover what being a beadhead is all about!