Dwayne Dopsie + The Zydeco Hellraisers

Two-time Grammy Award-nominee Dwayne Dopsie hails from one of the most influential Zydeco families in the world. He taught himself how to play the accordion by watching videos of his father Clifton Chenier. Dopsie would record himself practicing, watch it back, and continue this process for hours until he perfected each piece. This singer/songwriter and accordionist has performed all over the world since debuting his band, Dwayne Dopsie and The Zydeco Hellraisers, at age 19.

Dopsie grew up in Lafayette, Louisiana, as did four of his Hellraisers bandmates. Dopsie has handpicked all musicians in the Hellraisers — Dion Pierre, Paul Lafleur, Brandon David, Dondrell Fleming, and Tim McFatter. Combined, the band has over 100 years of experience playing Zydeco music and exude energy and true talent from the stage during every performance.

Not only has Dopsie’s band mastered Zydeco music, they also add a bit of rhythm and blues, funk, rock and roll, reggae, and pop to their performances. Dopsie doesn’t confine himself to the stage — he interacts with the crowd, blurring the barrier between performer and audience, and audiences will jump to their feet energized by Dopsie’s musical innovation, charismatic performance, and sheer, raw talent.