Arts Council to put on concert celebrating Queen Ida

By Special to the American Press

The Arts Council of SWLA, Calcasieu Parish Police Jury, and the Lake Charles/SWLA Convention & Visitors Bureau are coming

together to present a one-night-only homecoming concert to celebrate the career of zydeco music legend Ida Guillory, also

known as Queen Ida, at 7 p.m. April 27 in the Benjamin W. Mount Auditorium at Central School in Lake Charles.

Queen Ida was born in 1929 in Lake

Charles and has been hailed as the irrefutable queen of zydeco music in

Louisiana. With

eight albums under her belt, Queen Ida spent her vibrant career

promoting zydeco music across the world and has been awarded

several notable awards, including a Grammy and six Blues Music

Awards. While she performed well into the 2000s, Queen Ida

officially retired in 2010 but will give a rare performance in

April with Grammy winning zydeco band Terrance Simien & the

Zydeco Experience.

The performance will also feature

on-stage discussions with Queen Ida about her extensive career and

advocacy efforts to promote

zydeco music. A reception will also be held at 6 p.m. for the

general public for a meet and greet with Queen Ida. Tickets

are $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under, and can be

purchased at the Arts Council office or online at

All ticket sales benefit the Arts Council. For details, contact

the Arts Council at 337-439-2787.