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Lake Charles native Ida Guillory, widely known as the queen of zydeco in Louisiana, will be honored at a concert hosted by the Arts Council of SWLA on April 27. (Special to the American Press)<br>

Lake Charles native Ida Guillory, widely known as the queen of zydeco in Louisiana, will be honored at a concert hosted by the Arts Council of SWLA on April 27. (Special to the American Press)

Arts Council to put on concert celebrating Queen Ida

Last Modified: Thursday, March 28, 2013 10:36 AM

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 www.artsandhumanitiesswla.org. All ticket sales benefit the Arts Council. For details, contact the Arts Council at 337-439-2787.

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