Telluride Opera House: Dwayne Dopsie & The Zydeco Hellraisers, 9/7!

Telluride Opera House: Dwayne Dopsie & The Zydeco Hellraisers, 9/7!

Telluride’s Sheridan Arts Foundation presents Dwayne Dopsie & The Zydeco Hellraisers live at the Sheridan Opera House on Saturday, September 7, 2019. Doors, 8 p.m.; show time is 9 p.m. Tickets, $20 GA Floor, $30 reserved seats in balcony. (A $5 ticketing fee is charged at all ticket outlets.) Tickets and additional event information are available at or 970.728.6363 x5.

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Dwayne Dopsie, 2018 GRAMMY-award nominee and “America’s Hottest Accordion” winner, 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 and 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.

Since debuting his band at age 19, Dopsie has performed in forty countries and hundreds of cities across the United States, Europe, Brazil, Panama and Canada. In 2018, Dwayne Dopsie and the Zydeco Hellraisers were nominated for a GRAMMY for Best Regional Roots Music Album.

“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

“He has no competition in his genres, he’s the Jimi Hendrix of the accordion.” -Rolling Stone magazine.

The Sheridan Arts Foundation was founded in 1991 as a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization to preserve the historic Sheridan Opera House as an arts and cultural resource for the Telluride community, to bring quality arts and cultural events to Telluride and to provide local and national youth with access and exposure to the arts through education. The Sheridan Arts Foundation is sponsored in part by grants from the Telluride Foundation, CCAASE and Colorado Creative Industries.

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