Dwayne Dopsie & The Zydeco Hellraisers

10:30pm Saturday on the Bandshell Stage

“America’s Hottest Accordion” winner, Dwayne Dopsie, plays a unique, high energy style of zydeco. He hails from one of the most influential zydeco families in the world, and although he’s inspired by tradition, he has developed his own 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 at age 19.

Dwayne was born on March 3, 1979 in Lafayette, Louisiana, and was the last of eight children. He attributes his musical abilities to his father, Rockin’ Dopsie Sr., a pioneer of zydeco music. Dwayne has played the accordion since age seven and states “This is my calling, zydeco music is in my blood and it is in my heart and soul.” As a tribute to his late father, Dwayne plans to record an album of his dad’s greatest zydeco hits.

Dwayne has performed in 20 different countries and hundreds of cities. He was nominated for a Grammy in 2007, and also nominated for the last 7 years for best accordion, and best artist, by Off Beat Magazine Awards.

Get your dancing shoes on for this high energy show!

The 2017 Blues Festival is also a place to bring the whole family. Included in the Festival footprint is the “BlueSKool” space, where attendees of all ages can experience the dramatic balance of Blues education and entertainment. “BlueSKool” will offer fun for everyone and is easily accessed within the Festival grounds.

Photo courtesy Mississippi Valley Blues Society