For 40 years, two-time Grammy Award-winning artist Terrance Simien, an 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—long-time members Danny Williams, keyboards, and Stan Chambers, bass, with Lance Ellis, sax; Ian Molinaro-Thompson, drums; and our newest member, Revon Andrews, on trombone.
Simien has become one of the most respected and accomplished artists in American roots music today. He and his bandmates have performed over 9000 concerts and toured millions of miles to over 45 countries during their eventful career.
At his upcoming performance at the Lobo Theater, audiences can expect a concert unlike any other! Simien leads a highly skilled Zydeco Experience band with long time member and creative collaborator Danny Williams (30+ years, two-GRAMMY award winning), keyboards; Stan Chambers (10+ years, GRAMMY award winning), bass; Ian Molinaro – Thompson, drums; and their newest members, Revon Andrews, trombone and Orlando Gilbert, saxophone. Both Ian and Orlando are Berklee College graduates. Another Berklee College grad, Ethan Santos, trombone, also joins us on tour. Three Berklee grads in one zydeco band is definitely a first for this genre and we could not be more honored they chose this music, and our group. Not only is the group multicultural and multi racial, it is now intergenerational!
Simien is blessed with an extraordinary talent and charisma that expresses our deepest human emotions through the original instrument: The Voice. He takes his audiences on a multicultural tour of the world as the many countries he’s visited while on tour have informed his musical language. He creates a hypnotic blend of New Orleans funk-reggae-flavored-world-blues-American zydeco roots music that beckons you to your feet and into the groove. He has found a seamless and artful way to deliver his eclectic music as a relevant, evolving artist who is clearly rooted in Creole tradition. Well known for his legendary live performances, Simien also helped change the vocabulary for his genre by introducing complex vocal harmonies, diverse repertoire and carefully crafted high quality recordings..