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Music in the Gardens: Terrance Simien & The Zydeco Experience

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Wednesday, June 14, 2023
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Music in the 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 Jack Wolf forty-five 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.


Reservations open Tuesday, June 6 at 11 a.m.
Reservations are highly recommended and will be made available at We will also accept walk-ups on the day of the event on a first-come, first-served basis until the event has reached capacity.

Contact: Yesenia Yanez