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Dwayne Dopsie & The Zydeco Hellraisers

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.

The Louisiana native writes both the lyrics and music for his songs and describes the upcoming album as soulful with a touch of blues and old-time zydeco feel.

Dwayne Dopsie, grew up in Lafayette, Louisiana, teaching his self how to play accordion watching videos of his father and Clifton Chenier and recording his self with a video camera and going back and watch it and playing over and over for hours until it was right. The knowledge of Dwayne’s musical ability along with zydeco Hellraisers band members are Combined, to have over 100 years of experience playing Zydeco music and it shows in every performance. The energy, true talent, and exuberance that Dwayne Dopsie and the Zydeco Hellraisers emit from stage makes it obvious that there is no competition for this band.

Not only has Dwayne’s band mastered zydeco music but he’s a

2 time Grammy nominee 2012-2018

13-time offbeat winner best accordion

Best band and zydeco album

Big easy award winner and Dwayne Dopsie is on the 100 reason people come back to Louisiana number 29 so there’s a lot the Dwayne and the band can be proud of!

Their music reaches everyone and is for everyone!

they also add a bit of rhythm and blues, funk, rock and roll, reggae and pop to their performances, making them a very versatile choice for any audience. This Indie artist was named “The Hottest Accordionist” in America for his ability to both works the crowd and pump out musical harmony in grandiose fashion. Dwayne doesn’t confine himself to the stage; 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.

Adding this band to a festival or event line-up is a must and you, too, will be just as excited as your audience as Dwayne Dopsie and the Zydeco Hellraisers take you into the realm of their on-stage fury aka Dopsie Mania.


Fri, Jun 19 - 8:30 PM
Rochester Regional Health Big Tent

Fri, Jun 19 - 10:00 PM
Rochester Regional Health Big Tent

Sat, Jun 20 - 7:00 PM
M&T Pavilion - Squeezers Stage

Sat, Jun 20 - 8:45 PM
M&T Pavilion - Squeezers Stage

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