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1:49 AM Tue, Sept. 25th

Simean brings Zydeco to YC

Zydeco master Terrance Simien performs his tail-shaking party music at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4, at the Yavapai College Performance Hall.

It was inside St. Ann's Roman Catholic Church in Mallet, La., that Simien learned to love making spiritual music – a passion that would take Simien from inspiring versions of "A Closer Walk to Thee" to renowned roadhouses in southwest Louisiana where he learned about the low-down, hearty party music known as Zydeco.

Simien hit the road as a teen-ager with his first band in an effort to meld the spiritual and Zydeco sounds of his youth.

After more than 20 years of touring, Simien ranks as one of the best live performers in America – bounding around the stage with his squeeze box in a high-energy and unique presentation.

He has been compared vocally to Sam Cooke and Aaron Neville, and his style and intensity are featured on motion picture soundtracks for "The Big Easy," "Blue Bayou," "Exit to Eden" and "Murder of Crows." His current CD is "Take Me to the Trail Ride."

Simien is one of several performers this season taking part in the "Discovering the World Around Us" residency program, presenting several daytime performances for local students.

For information on scheduling a residency performance, call Debbie McCasland or Holly Reynolds at 776-2033.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for students at the Yavapai College Community Events Office in the art gallery of the performance hall from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday, or by calling 776-2033.

KNOT 1450 AM and the Performing Arts Charitable Endowment (PACE) co-sponsor this event.