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Duke Arts Presents

Music in the Gardens: Terrance Simien & The Zydeco Experience

Wednesday, June 14, 2023 | 7:00 pm

Sarah P. Duke Gardens

Back by popular demand, two-time Grammy Award winner Terrance Simien returns to Music in the Gardens to lead his 5-piece Zydeco Experience band in an exhilarating celebration of zydeco music, Louisiana tradition, and Simien’s Creole roots. This engagement brings Simien back to Sarah P. Duke Gardens, where his 2022 concert inspired audiences to dance in the rain. Simien’s instrumental skills, vocal talent, and passion for roots music traditions have helped keep zydeco music on the global stage for the past four decades. Simien and his long-time band will transport you to South Louisiana with an unforgettable evening of tight vocal harmonies and energetic zydeco sounds that will get even the most veteran wallflowers moving.

This special performance will kick off with a free zydeco dance lesson by Zach Wolf thirty minutes before the performance. Join us when the doors open at 6 p.m. to get the full experience!


Music in the Gardens concerts take place on the lawn behind the Doris Duke Center. Lawn chairs, picnics, and blankets are encouraged. Pets are not allowed. Outside food and beverages, including beer and wine, are permitted. Food and water will also be available for purchase on-site from The Palace International, with ice cream from Scoop Local. The lawn will open at 6 p.m. University parking at the Gardens is $2/hour until 7 p.m. 

In the event of rain, an alternate location will be announced by 1 p.m. on the day of the event.

Duke Performances’ 2023 Music in the Gardens series is a Duke Arts initiative presented in partnership with Sarah P. Duke Gardens and That Station and supported by Duke Continuing Studies and The Forest at Duke. The series is made possible, in part, with support from Duke Summer Session.

Terrance Simien and The Zydeco Experience/Wishin To Go Crawfishin

Terrance Simien & the Zydeco Experience - Full Set - Louisiana Cajun Zydeco Festival 2022

Terrance Simien & the Zydeco Experience •Iko Iko/ When The Saints Go Marching In•NY State Blues Fest

Simien is a Zydeco Master: his voice yearning like Sam Cooke, he delivers soul worthy of Stax greats and shows crossover class.

Rolling Stone