Feb. 11, 2013


For Immediate Release

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Iberia Parish Convention and Visitors Bureau

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Clifton Chenier gets Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award 

Clifton Chenier - The King of Zydeco
Clifton Chenier - The King of Zydeco
LOS ANGELES --- Michael Vital of Loreauville, La. received a Lifetime Achievement Award on behalf of his uncle, Zydeco legend Clifton Chenier (1925-1987), Saturday Jan. 25 at the Grammy Awards in Los Angeles.

A native of St. Landry Parish, Chenier moved to Iberia Parish in the 1940s when he was 15. Chenier was the first Creole to be presented a Grammy award on national television. Blending the French and Cajun two-steps and waltzes of southwest Louisiana with New Orleans R&B, Texas blues, and big-band jazz, he created the modern, dance-inspiring, sounds of zydeco.

Vital owns the Clifton Chenier Club in Loreauville, where he will hold the Clifton Chenier Celebration, an annual tribute to his uncle's life and legacy, on June 21.
For more information, contact Mike Vital at 337-339-5903.



The Iberia Parish Convention & Visitors Bureau is the official parish marketing agency promoting New Iberia, Avery Island, Jefferson Island, Jeanerette, Loreauville and Delcambre as a destination. Marketing programs target leisure travelers, business travelers, media, entertainment industry, and the travel trade including group tour planners, meeting planners, sports planners and special event planners. The bureau operates a parish welcome center located at 2513 Hwy. 14 in New Iberia.


For more information on parish events and tourism assets, call the Iberia Parish Convention and Visitors Bureau at 337-365-1540 or visit

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