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Terrance Simien & The Zydeco Experience perform March 20

Terrance Simien & The Zydeco Experience

The Orpheum Theater Center in Marshalltown has been selected to receive funding from Arts Midwest Touring Fund, a program of Arts Midwest, generously supported by the National Endowment for the Arts with additional contributions from Marshalltown Rotary and the Crane Group.

As a result of this funding, the Orpheum will feature Grammy award-winning Terrance Simien & the Zydeco Experience on Friday, March 20, at 7 pm. The band will perform before 900 students, staff and faculty at Miller Middle School during the afternoon, and then offer a public performance at 7 pm in the Orpheum Black Box Theater. Tickets are $12.50.

Arts Midwest Touring Fund engages people in meaningful experiences with the fine arts of dance, music, theater, and other performing arts forms. Inter-state touring and the engagement of professional artists is central to the work of Arts Midwest.

Arts Midwest Executive Director Torrie Allen says, “Arts Midwest is proud to support Orpheum Theater in their upcoming engagement of Terrance Simien & The Zydeco Experience. Arts events like this not only provide uplifting experiences for audiences, they also create meaningful jobs for those employed in the arts industry – thus amplifying the effectiveness of our funding.”

For 38 years, two-time Grammy award winning artist Terrance Simien and 8th generation Louisiana Creole has been shattering the myths about what his indigenous Zydeco roots music is – and is not. Leading his Zydeco Experience bandmates – longtime members Danny Williams, keyboards and Stan Chambers, bass, horn players, Lance Ellis, sax  and Curtis Watson, trumpet, and newest member (2019), drummer Ian Molinaro-Thompson – Simien has become one of the most respected and accomplished artists in American roots music today. He and his band mates have performed more than 9,000 concerts and toured millions of miles to over 45 countries during their eventful career.

Terrance and his loyal and skilled band mates, the Zydeco Experience, have shared studio and stage with Robert Palmer, Stevie Wonder, Los Lobos, Taj Mahal, Dr. John, the Meters, Alan Toussaint, Paul Simon and Dave Matthews Band to name a few. Their music has been featured in TV commercials and a dozen or more films, including the blockbuster “The Big Easy,” which changed the game for Louisiana music in the late 1980’s. Their music has been heard on NPR syndicated radio shows like World Café, American Routes, E-town & House of Blues Radio Hour. Rolling Stone, Billboard, and other notable music industry publications, as well as major daily newspapers have praised his recordings.

Simien’s groundbreaking Creole for Kidz & The History of Zydeco for student, youth and family audiences has reached nearly 500,000 since its debut in 2000. This dynamic program is presented at performing art centers, schools and festivals. Simien is helping build a more culturally literate young performing arts patron who is more knowledgeable about zydeco roots music because of his program. Simien has received countless awards, grants and recognition for his work and artistic contributions as a respected Cultural Ambassador for his state and country.

Tickets for the Marshalltown performance are $12.50 and will be available for purchase at the door on Friday, March 20. To be assured a seat, call the Orpheum ahead of time at 641-844-5920 and reserve tickets in your name, then pick up the tickets and pay when you arrive. The Orpheum Theater Center at 220 E. Main St. in Marshalltown is administered by Iowa Valley Community College District.

NEA_Arts Midwest logosAbout Arts Midwest: Based in Minneapolis, Arts Midwest is one of six nonprofit regional arts organizations in the United States. Its mission is to promote creativity, nurture cultural leadership, and engage people in meaningful arts experiences, bringing vitality to Midwest communities and enriching people’s lives. Since its establishment more than 30 years ago, Arts Midwest has been serving audiences, arts organizations, and artists throughout the nine states of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin, and beyond.

About the National Endowment for the Arts: The National Endowment for the Arts is a public agency dedicated to supporting excellence in the arts, both new and established; bringing the arts to all Americans; and providing leadership in arts education. Established by Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government, the Endowment is the nation’s largest annual funder of the arts, bringing great art to all 50 states, including rural areas, inner cities, and military bases.

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