Bayou Boogaloo Scheduled June
23 - 25, 2017 In Town Point Park
NORFOLK -- Norfolk Festevents
is excited to announce the annual Louisiana inspired
Bayou Boogaloo Music and Cajun Food Festival, Friday,
June 23, - Sunday, June 25, 2017, in Town Point
Park along the Downtown Norfolk Waterfront, Virginia.
This 3-day appreciation to all things Bayou, brings
the experience of the heart and soul of Louisiana
to Norfolk with the most authentic inspired food,
music, and art north of the Mississippi! And the
entertainment lineup is sure to be hotter than the
Straight out of the Bayou, 12 National and regional
recording artists provide an authentic boogaloo
with diverse cultural musical entertainment on two
separate stages. Starting Friday night June 23,
2017, each stage will surge with a joyous mix of
musical forms and flavors from blues to rock to
gritty funk and soul. Get ready to stomp your feet
and clap those hands as these artists are sure to
get your heart pumping throughout the entire weekend.
Purchase your 3-day weekend pass or daily admission
tickets in advance at the www.festevents.org website.
Bayou Boogaloo Performer Profile -- Terrance Simien
For nearly 30 years, GRAMMY award winning artist
Terrance Simien, 8th generation Louisiana Creole,
has been shattering the myths about what his indigenous
Zydeco roots music is and is not. Leading his Zydeco
Experience band, Simien has become one of the most
respected and accomplished artists in American roots
music today. He and his band mates have performed
over 7,000 concerts, toured millions of miles to
over 45 countries during their eventful career.
From Rolling Stone Magazine: Simien is a Zydeco
Master -Rolling Stone
2012 marked their 27th consecutive New Orleans Jazz
Festival performance: an event that has become the
gold standard for showcasing and celebrating all
Louisiana music traditions.
2012 also found Simien & his band mate seen
performing their original song Dance Everyday
in the Warner Brothers film The Lucky One
starring Zac Efron and Blythe Danner, and directed
by Oscar nominated director Scott Hicks. Simiens
version of zydeco standard Uncle Bud
was also used in the film.
2009 marked the release of Disneys The
Princess & The Frog, set in the city of
New Orleans and featured their first black princess.
Gonna Take You There, a zydeco flavored
song penned by Randy Newman and inspired by Simiens
music featured him as a guest musician became one
of the favorite songs from the film that made history
for his genre! It was the first-time Disney featured
zydeco music in a film, but what really changed
the game was when the word zydeco was spoken in
In 2005, Simien led HBO producers deep into Creole
country for another high visible opportunity for
the genre and he introduced them to the prodigious
5-year-old zydeco talent, Guyland Leday. This gifted
young musician was featured in the HBO doc The
Music in Me: Childrens Recitals from Classical
to Latin, Jazz to Zydeco. This was a huge
victory for his state, genre and Creole culture.
However, it was 2008 that proved to be one of the
most memorable years of their eventful career as
they were honored with a GRAMMY award, the first
in zydeco since Rockin Sidney Simien received his
in 1985. They also performed that day at the 50th
GRAMMY Awards pre-Tel ceremony. Simien was born
in 1965 (appropriately) into the hippie folk and
soul music era that still intrigues him today. He
grew artistically being influenced and inspired
by all the music from that period. He was as influenced
by Dylan and Simon and Garfunkel as he was by Sam
Cooke and the Commodores.
Since his family is documented in history books
as one of the first Creole families to settle St.
Landry Parish, his musical roots are firmly planted
alongside the great zydeco pioneers like Chenier,
Delafose, Chavis, Ardoin and that other Simien,
Rockin Sidney, to name a few. He counts himself
one of the fortunate few who hail from a generation
with a direct link to these artists, some of whom
mentored him as an emerging talent. He has assumed
that same role to a new generation of young Zydeco
hotshots because he understands how critical mentoring
is to the success of his indigenous music that has
become synonymous with the cultural identity of
Louisiana and an important part of the musical landscape
of this country.
In 1983, at the young age of 18, Simien began touring
professionally and by 20 he was sharing the stage
with Fats Domino and Sarah Vaughn at the Bern Jazz
Festival. His career exploded after that and Terrance
remains a pivotal part of Zydeco music history.
Simien has received countless awards as a respected
Cultural Ambassador for his state and country.