Tonight: Marica Ball and Terrence Simien Bring Boogie on the Bayou Tour to Rialto

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If you have two feet, then the show at the Rialto (318 E. Congress St.) tonight, Friday, Sept. 19 is going to make them happy, with maybe the only things missing is a newspaper-lined table piled with crayfish, potatoes and corn; and a hurricane poured in a tall glass.

Doors open at 7 p.m. and show starts at 8 p.m. with New Orleans R&B legend Marcia Ball and Zydeco roots musician Terrance Simien. Tickets for the all ages show are $16.50 to $30.

I love the ring-true description the Rialto shared on its website: "Her music mixes equal parts simmering soul fervor and rollicking Crescent City piano."

Marcia Ball's new release, The Tattooed Lady and the Alligator Man is described "With raucous horns punctuating Ball’s legendary piano pounding and emotional, melodic vocals, the new CD mixes Ball’s New Orleans R&B, swampy Louisiana ballads, and jumping, Tex-Mex flavored zydeco into a one-of-a-kind musical gumbo, a sound she has been perfecting over the course of her four-decade career."

Simien is all about challenging stereotypes we have of Zydeco music. Tucson — you must go tonight.

8th generation Louisiana Creole has been shattering the myths about what his indigenous Zydeco roots music is and is not. Leading his Zydeco Experience band, Simien has become one of the most respected and accomplished artists in American roots music today. He and his band mates have performed over 7000 concerts, toured millions of miles to over 45 countries during their eventful career.

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