7 pm, Tuesday, July 28
Open stage at Bohdan Khmelnytskyi Park
7 pm, Friday, July 31
Open stage at Mariinskyi Park
The U.S. Embassy is proud to welcome back to Ukraine the two-time Grammy award-winning Louisiana musician, Terrance Simien, and his band. In 2012 the musicians gave an unforgettable performance of traditional Creole music and timeless American hits during America Days in Dnipropetrovsk. This time around, the group will perform at no charge in Cherkasy on July 28 and in Kyiv on July 31.
Terrance Simien was born in 1965 into the hippie folk and soul music era that still intrigues him today. He grew artistically being influenced and inspired by all of the music from that period. He was as influenced by Bob Dylan and Simon and Garfunkel as he was by Sam Cooke and the Commodores. Since his family is documented in history books as one of the first Creole families to settle St. Landry Parish, his musical roots are firmly planted alongside the great zydeco pioneers like Chenier, Delafose, Chavis, Ardoin and that other Simien, Rockin’ Sidney, to name a few. “Terrance Simien and Zydeco Experience” received its first Grammy award in 2008, and the second one just last year. Year 2014 was their 28th consecutive New Orleans Jazz Festival Performance: an event that has become the gold standard for showcasing and celebrating all Louisiana music traditions.
Simien has received countless awards, grants and recognition for his work and artistic contributions as a respected Cultural Ambassador for his state and country.