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information, including recent CDs.
Rockin Dopsie Jr. and the Zydeco
Twisters are shown performing at Downtown Alive! in
Lafayette in September 2004 the day before the start
of Festivals Acadiens.
|Rockin' Dopsie Jr. (aka David
Rubin) is the son of Alton Rubin Sr. He played in his
father's band starting in the early 1980s and became
the leader of the group after his father's death in
1993. The family's roots are in Carencro, but Rockin'
Dopsie Jr. is based in New Orleans. He and the
Zydeco Twisters tour the United States and Europe.
On stage, Dopsie literally twist in every direction, ending
in spectacular splits that energize the audience.
The music also moves in many directions beyond
zydeco: soul, R&B, blues.
His 2004 CD I Got My Mojo Working includes Marvin
Gaye's "Let's Get It On," James Brown's "Sex
Machine," Otis Redding's "I've Been Loving You Too
Long," and other classic songs, plus a zydeco
interpretation of Bob Dylan's "On a Night Like This"
featuring excellent accordion work by brother
band's web site includes an overview of the
band's history and performances with many legendary
musicians like Tina Turner, B.B. King, Bonnie Raitt,
Cindy Lauper and Bob Dylan. In 1994, a year after
his father's death, Rockin' Dopsie Jr. and the band
played at the Smithsonian in Washington when his
father's crown as the reigning monarch of zydeco was
presented for the permanent exhibit. The band has
recorded numerous TV commercials and performed on nationally
broadcast television programs.
The 2004 CD includes "I Can See
Clearly Now" with a nice accordion groove as
Rockin' Dopsie Jr. sings "the rain is gone...it's going to be a bright,
bright sunshiny day." After the catastrophe
inflicted on New Orleans by Hurricane Katrina, Rockin' Dopsie Jr. and the Zydeco Twisters certainly
deserve to get beyond the darkness and experience
many sunshiny days.