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Kirkland Fine Arts Center presents Terrance Simien & the Zydeco Experience
Millikin University welcomes Terrance Simien & the Zydeco Experience to the Kirkland Fine Arts Center on Saturday, Feb. 9 at 7:30 p.m.

For more than two decades Grammy award winning artist Terrance Simien, 8th generation Louisiana Creole, has been shattering the myths about what his indigenous Creole Zydeco music is and is not. Zydeco is one of the most unique and wildly popular forms of American roots music, representing the multicultural Creoles of Southwest Louisiana and featuring the core instrumentation of the accordion and the frottoir (rub board).

Simien is blessed with an extraordinary talent that expresses the deepest human emotions through the original instrument, the voice. His eclectic fusion of Zydeco takes you on a multicultural musical tour of the world. Incorporating diverse music styles, he creates a hypnotic blend of Zydeco-roots-New Orleans funk-reggae-flavored-Afro-Caribbean-world music that will force you out of your seat and onto the dance floor. He has found a way to express himself as a relevant and evolving artist who remains reverent to his roots and musical legacy. His live performances have garnered him a level of international success and his fully engaged audiences around the globe have become more Zydeco experienced than ever before.

Leading his Zydeco Experience Band, Simien has become one of the most respected and internationally recognized touring and recording artists in roots music today. During the past 25 years Simien has shared studio and stage with Robert Palmer, Stevie Wonder, Los Lobos, Dr. John, the Meters, Alan Toussaint, Paul Simon and Dave Matthews Band to name a few.

His recordings have been praised by Rolling Stone, Billboard, other notable music industry publications and major daily newspapers. His extensive discography dates back to vinyl 45’s. Since his debut on a major rock label in 1991, he now has a total of seven full length CD’s and dozens of compilations and guest appearances.

For more information on Terrance Simien & the Zydeco Experience, visit www.terrancesimien.com.

Tickets for the event are $16-$28 for adults and $10-$14 for children and may be purchased at the Kirkland Fine Arts Center Box Office, by phone at 217.424.6318 or online at www.kirklandfinearts.com. A $2.50 fee will be charged for credit card purchases. This is a per transaction fee, not per ticket, and applies to online and Box Office orders. Kirkland Box Office hours are Monday-Tuesday and Thursday-Friday from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

For more information on Kirkland Fine Arts Center, please visit www.kirklandfinearts.com. Events at the Kirkland Fine Arts Center are partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency, and the Midwest Arts Council.