An eighth-generation Louisiana native, Terrance Simien taught himself to play accordion while still in his teens. As one of the most respected and accomplished artists in American roots music, Simien is internationally renowned for his grooving combination of New Orleans funk, reggae, blues and zydeco. His music was featured in several feature films, including The Princess and the Frog, The Big Easy, Exit to Eden and A Murder of Crows.
Terrance Simien & the Zydeco Experience have given over 7,500 performances in more than 40 countries, sharing studios and stages with such artists as Paul Simon, Dave Matthews, Marcia Ball and Stevie Wonder. In 2007, Simien and his wife Cynthia, who is also his business partner, helped establish a new GRAMMY voting category—"Best Zydeco or Cajun Music Album." The following year, Terrance Simien & the Zydeco Experience won the first GRAMMY ever awarded in that category. With seven past Levitt performances under his belt, there's no doubt his lively musical gumbo will have the whole family moving and grooving in no time.
NeighborWorks® Blackstone River Valley
2019 Levitt AMP Concert Series Winner • June 14 – August 23, 2019
The Levitt AMP Woonsocket Music Series will return for the second year, enlivening River Island Art Park — an urban green space within steps of the city’s Main Street — and reinvigorating what was once a scenic and bustling public gathering place in the heart of the city. Through engaging, family-friendly concerts that bring residents and local businesses together, the 2019 series will continue to catalyze cultural, community and economic growth in the center of Woonsocket.
Presented by the NeighborWorks Blackstone River Valley, a nonprofit community development corporation that works to enrich neighborhood life throughout Northern Rhode Island, in partnership with the City of Woonsocket Office of Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt, Downtown Woonsocket Collaborative, Blackstone Valley Tourism Council, St. James Baptist Church and College Ready Communities.