Dwayne was featured in the Star Tribune “Big Gigs” this week:
Unlike his washboard-scratching brother Rockin’ Dopsie Jr., Dwayne Dopsie has the accordion-squeezing talent that made his late father, Rockin’ Dopsie, a near-rival to Clifton Chenier. The Lafayette, La.-bred zydeco heir, 35, was even named best accordion player last year by New Orleans’ premier music rag Downbeat. Like all the Dopsies, he fronts a mighty good-timey band, the Zydeco Hellraisers, who will challenge the Dakota’s lack of dance space. (8 p.m. Sat., Dakota Jazz Club, $20.) Riemenschneider
About Dwayne Dopsie & The Zydeco Hellraisers
The son of the late , Rockin’ Dopsie, Sr., Dwayne Dopsie Rubin hails from one of the most influential Zydeco families in the world. Although inspired by tradition, Dwayne has developed his own high energy style that defies existing stereotypes and blazes a refreshingly distinct path for 21st century Zydeco music. This singer/songwriter and accordionist has performed all over the world since debuting his band, Dwayne Dopsie and the Zydeco Hellraisers, at age 19.
As a small child, Dwayne picked up the accordion age seven, “This is my calling – Zydeco music is in my blood and it is my heart and soul.” As a tribute to his late father, the most influential person in his life, Dwayne plans to record an album of his Dad’s greatest Zydeco hits.
The Louisiana native writes both the lyrics and music for his songs and describes his sound as “soulful with a touch of blues and old time zydeco feel.”
Not only have the band mastered zydeco music, but showing their versatility they add rhythm and blues, funk, rock and roll, reggae and pop for the perfect blend.
Displaying his ability to both work the crowd and pump out musical harmony in grandiose fashion, Dwayne doesn’t confine himself to the stage as he interacts with the crowd, blurring the barrier between performer and audience. Audiences jump to their feet energized by Dwayne’s musical innovation, charismatic performance and sheer, raw talent. His ability to capture the imagination, heart and soul of his audience makes Dwayne one of today’s most dynamic performers.
What Other People Have Been Saying...
“Dwayne takes the instruments and traditions of zydeco to new levels infusing blues, soul and funk with a driving rub-board rhythm. The Zydeco Hellraisers’ sound is relentless, pulsating and funky, easily appealing to fans of all genres.” – Toledo City Paper