PRINCETON — One of the world’s great Zydeco artists, Terrance Simien, and his Zydeco Experience Band will appear in a free downtown street party from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. July 6 in Princeton.
Sponsored in part by Heartland Bank and Trust, Simien and his band will arrive in Princeton fresh from performances at the Mississippi Valley Blues Festival in Davenport, Iowa, and the American Music Festival in west suburban Chicago.
An eighth generation Louisiana Creole, Simien received his second Grammy Award in January. Although steeped in traditional Zydeco music — an upbeat blend of Cajun, Creole, blues, jazz and soul — Simien has extended his considerable vocal and instrumental talents to performing in all of these individual musical genres as well. He has collaborated with the likes of Fats Domino, Sarah Vaughn and Randy Newman.
For more than 30 years, Simien and his band have performed more than 7,000 concerts in more than 45 countries, including being the first Zydeco band to appear in Cuba under the sponsorship of the U.S. State Department in 2006. He is a regularly featured performer at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.
For the Princeton event, the block of South Main Street from Peru to Marion will be closed to auto traffic. Four and Twenty Café and Kramer’s will be serving Louisiana cuisine. Fitzgerald’s and Somewhere Else will be selling alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. Those attending may be bring lawn chairs or simply stand, dance or wander.
In case of rain, the performance will be moved to the banquet room in Fitzgerald’s lower level.
For more information, call Steve Gunning 815-875-4706 or Kim Frey at the Princeton Chamber of Commerce at 815-875-2616.