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New Orleans zydeco on the way to North Shore

New Orleans’ own Dwayne Dopsie and the Zydeco Hellraisers will take the stage July 27 at Tahoe Donner’s Summer Concert on the Green. Joining the “King of Accordion” will be Reno’s Jelly Bread and the Buddy Emmer Blues Band.

Dopsie hails from one of the most influential zydeco families in the world, according to an online biography.

“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,” according to the biography.

The group includes a washboard player, saxophonist, two guitarists and a drummer, in addition to Dopsie.

“The washboard player, Alex MacDonald, possesses skill and timing that are unmatched, making him a true musician, not just a marvel holding a washboard,” according to the biography. “Combined, the band has over 100 years of experience playing Zydeco music and it shows in every performance.”

Jelly Bread is a Reno band that makes regular appearances in and around the Lake Tahoe Basin, incorporating funk, blues and rock-Americana into their lively performances.

Buddy Emmer and his blues band have performed for the past 15 years on the West Coast and Northern Nevada music circuit.

“They are a versatile party blues band whose musical style includes every form of blues from the 1930s up to modern day blues,” according to a statement from Tahoe Donner.

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