Saturday, August 4 at 5:30 p.m.
RBF Main Stage
2018 Grammy award nominee and “America’s Hottest Accordion” winner, Dwayne Dopsie plays a high energy zydeco that keeps you wanting more . Dwayne hails from one of the most influential Zydeco families in the world Although inspired by tradition, he has developed his own high energy style that defies existing stereotypes and blazes a refreshingly distinct path for 21st century Zydeco music.
Dwayne, born March 3, 1979 in Lafayette, Louisiana, was the last of eight children. Dwayne attributes his musical abilities to his father, Rockin’ Dopsie, Sr., a pioneer of Zydeco music. As a small child, Dwayne was interested in the washboard, but quickly realized he had incredible talent with an accordion. He has played the accordion since age seven and states, “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.
This singer/songwriter and accordionist has performed in 40 countries and also in hundreds of cities across the United States , Europe, Brazil , Panama and Canada since debuting his band at age 19.
Dopsie and the Zydeco Hellraisers has been on Rollinstone’s magazine, Big City Blues magazine cover , Good morning America , CBS this morning, travel channel , Food Network , Jamie Kennedy experiment , Soul Bag magazine and Offbeat magazine
Because of the energy and power of the music they play, he has been winning different OFF BEAT MAGAZINE AWARDS for the last 6 years for best accordion, best zydeco artist, best zydeco band and best zydeco album.
September 2016, he was on “Louisiana Rising” with Harry Connick Jr and Randy Jackson, performing their song for the flood victims called “Rollercoaster” which is one of the songs on their new cd, ” Top of the Mountain” released in 2017 .
And most recently Dwayne Dopsie and the Zydeco Hellraisers was nominated for a 2018 Grammy award, for the Best Regional Roots Music Album.
Dwayne Dopsie and The Zydeco Hellraisers not only pump out incredible Zydeco music, but the incredible showman and interaction with the crowd and the rhythm and blues in there music makes it a performance not to miss!!!!
Biography courtesy https://dwaynedopsie.com/