Created in 2000, Terrance Simien & The Zydeco Experience’s Creole for Kidz program shares the history of Zydeco is an innovative, high-energy performance that has reached over 500,000 people of all ages around the globe. Centered on the history and evolution of American roots music genre Zydeco – the traditional music of the black and mixed-race, French-speaking Creoles of south Louisiana – Creole for Kidz started with a conversation Terrance had with his good friend and ethnomusicologist, Taj Mahal, who encouraged Terrance to tell his story through song. Simien has received countless awards, grants, and recognition for his work and artistic contributions as a respected Cultural Ambassador for his state and country, and in 2009 collaborated with Randy Newman on the soundtrack for the Academy Award-nominated film The Princess & The Frog.
Seattle songsters Ben Hunter & Joe Seamons give life to voices that have long been silenced in American culture. Their award-winning performances are highlighted by story-telling that, rather than bringing the past to life, vividly shows how the past still lives in the present.