Southern Louisiana Soul Comes to Tulsa

The Tulsa Children’s Museum and Grammy award-winning artist Terrance Simien will bring sounds of Zydeco to the Tulsa Performing Arts Center March 26.

By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: March 2011

Terrance Simien brings Zydeco music to the Tulsa Performing Arts Center.

Terrance Simien brings Zydeco music to the Tulsa Performing Arts Center.

The Tulsa Children’s Museum and Grammy award-winning artist Terrance Simien will bring the rich history and multi-layered sounds of Zydeco, the music of the French-speaking Creoles of southern Louisiana, to Tulsa families at interactive concerts at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday, March 26, at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center.

Leading his Zydeco Experience Band, Simien will take Tulsa families along for a multicultural musical tour with his blend of Zydeco, soul, reggae, funk and Afro-Caribbean sounds. Simien’s Zydeco music has become synonymous with the cultural identity of southern Louisiana, and the Zydeco genre is an important part of America’s musical history, influencing jazz and blues.

A Louisiana native, Simien has received international recognition for his Zydeco music and has performed in more than 40 countries, including Cuba and West Africa. Most recognizably, Simien’s voice and music were featured in Disney’s recent “The Princess and the Frog” movie, which was set in New Orleans.

“Terrance Simien’s concert draws on a unique blend of music that is as important to the cultural heritage of southern Louisiana as it is to America’s musical history,” said Tobey Ballenger, TCM concert chair. “The museum is excited to introduce Tulsa families to this culturally diverse concert that will appeal to children and adults alike.”

“Terrance Simien & the Zydeco Experience” is the third concert in TCM’s 2010 – 2011 Family Concert Series and features a musician meet-and-greet and interactive, educational exhibits before and after each show.

TCM’s Family Concert Series, which began in 2007, presents child-friendly, high-quality concerts from nationally recognized children’s performers. Each concert highlights a different musical genre and engages families through humor and audience participation. TCM donates more than 25 percent of concert tickets to low-income families in the Tulsa area.

Tickets are limited and can be purchased for $10 each. Groups of 10 or more can purchase tickets for $8 each by calling the Tulsa Performing Arts Center group sales line at (918) 596-7109. Children age 3 and under may sit on a paid adult’s lap for free.

To purchase tickets, visit, call (918) 596-7111, or visit the Tulsa Performing Arts Center box office at 101 E. Third St. or any local Reasor’s Foods.

“Terrance Simien & the Zydeco Experience” is sponsored by the Albert and Hete Barthelmes Foundation, Crow Creek Energy, ONEOK, Petrohawk Energy Corporation and the Tulsa Performing Arts Center Trust.

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Sheryl Sowell was born and raised in Tulsa, OK. She graduated from Will Rogers High School and received her Bachelor of Arts in English from Northeastern State University in 2007. She has worked for Value News as editor, writer and advertising copywriter since 2008. She enjoys meeting and interviewing people for Value News articles, learning about their backgrounds, and helping to promote their businesses and local events. In her free time, she enjoys reading, trying new recipes and crafts from Pinterest, attending concerts and sporting events, and spending time with family and friends. Sheryl lives in Tulsa with her fiancé Paul, their daughter Scarlett, and their two dogs, Gunner and Boo.

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