Wednesday, May 25, 2011
A few Mudbug Madness music highlights
I'm excited about seeing many of the performers scheduled to appear at this year's Mudbug Madness, which kicks off Thursday and runs through Sunday night, including Wayne Toups and Zydecajun, Lil' Nathan and the Zydeco Bigtimers, and Dwayne Dopsie and the Zydeco Hellraisers (featured in the video above). It seems like 2011 has been a better-than-average year for Cajun and Zydeco music fans in Shreveport-Bossier, starting off with Sam's Town Live appearances by Rockin' Dopsie, Jr. and Jo-el Sonnier early in the year, and continuing with a fun Mudbug line-up. Over at the SBCTB Blog, I go into more detail about a few acts I'm excited about, but my #1 must-see is Dwayne Dopsie.
Son of Zydeco pioneer Rockin' Dopsie, Sr., Dwayne has played the accordion since age 7. He's a notoriously rowdy and out-of-control player, prone to flashy solos that demonstrate his virtuosic control of the instrument. Live, he's known for breaking out bizarrely awesome rock covers that substitute the accordion for the guitar, such as Jimi Hendrix's "Hey Joe," seen in the video above.
Dwayne Dopsie performs at 8 p.m., Sunday, May 29 at Mudbug Madness. For more details on the festival, click here. To see the full line-up of performers, click here.