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Terrance Simien is pictured above with Downtowner Newspaper Publisher Jack Armistead (Photo By Jeff Maisey)

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 food!

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. Simien’s version of zydeco standard “Uncle Bud” was also used in the film.

2009 marked the release of Disney’s “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 Simien’s 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 the movie!

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: Children’s 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.

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