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Grammy award winning artist Simien to perform at A Center for the Arts [UPDATED]

Published 9:47am Thursday, February 7, 2013 Updated 11:49am Thursday, February 7, 2013

Fergus Falls — Grammy award winning artist Terrance Simien and the Zydeco Experience will be performing at A Center for the Arts, downtown Fergus Falls in the Fergus Theatre at 124 W. Lincoln Ave at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 22. General seating tickets are $18 for adults and $5 for children/students. For more information or tickets, call AC4TA at 218-998-ARTS (2787) or visit www.FergusArts.org.

For more than two decades Grammy award winning artist Terrance Simien, eighth-generation Louisiana Creole, has been shattering the myths about what his indigenous Creole 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.

Incorporating diverse music styles, Simien 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.

Simien has performed more than 5,000 concerts and toured to more than 40 countries during his eventful 25-year career. He has shared studio and stage with Stevie Wonder, Paul Simon, Dave Matthews Band and many more. He has been featured in dozens of films, including the blockbuster hit “The Big Easy.” His recordings have been praised by Rolling Stone, Billboard, other notable music industry publications and major daily newspapers.

In 2005 he became the first Zydeco artist to perform in Cuba for the US State Department. In 2006, Carnegie Hall sent him and his group to Mali, West Africa, to present “Creole for Kidz and The History of Zydeco” as part of a unique distance learning program entitled Global Encounters. 2007 offered another global opportunity and a rare Creole cultural exchange and tour with the US State Department to Mauritius, Rodrigues and Seychelles, where he connected his own Creole culture with the indigenous Creole population of these countries. In 2008 he opened the Grammy pre-telecast awards ceremony with a 10-minute performance. Later that day he received his own Grammy for “Best Zydeco or Cajun Music Album” at the 50th annual Grammy awards.

A Center for the Arts sponsors a wide range of programming, including local, professional and touring performers, live theatre, music, dance, movies, visual arts exhibitions, workshops and literary events. Located in downtown Fergus Falls in the Fergus Theatre, it is also home to the Mighty WurliTzer Theater Organ.

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