Mardi Gras 2012 Takes Over the Shed on Paris Avenue in Old Village Port Royal

tickets are $60 until December 15, and $75 thereafter! The Hellraisers are pictured here.

In support of ARTworks, the community arts center in Beaufort, the Mardi Gras committee is pleased to announce that the annual Mardi Gras Take Over gala will be Saturday, January 28, 2012, from 7 to 11 at The Shed on Paris Avenue in Old Village Port Royal SC. The gala features live music from the fiery Dwayne Dopsie and the Zydeco Hellraisers direct from New Orleans, in their third year of fueling this dance party with flaming accordion and a mean washboard. 

Dwayne (Dopsie) Rubin hails from one of the most influential Zydeco families in the world— his pa was the beloved Rockin' Dopsie. Inspired by tradition, Dwayne's six piece band blazes a distinct path for 21st century Zydeco music, adding a bit of rhythm and blues, funk, rock and roll, reggae and pop to their performances. The band has toured thrice in Europe, adding to 70+ international festivals in the last 2 years, in addition to appearing on the Travel Channel, Discovery Channel, MTV Brasil, Warner Network, UPN, Programa Jo in South America, the Food Network, 20/20, CBS This Morning, Good Morning America and the Fox Television Network News, as well as the New York Times, USA Today and Los Angeles Times. Over his thirteen year professional career, Dwayne has shared billings with amazing artists such as Etta James, Al Green, Smokey Robinson, James Brown, B.B. King, Elvin Bishop, Sly and the Family Stone, Robert Cray, The Blues Travelers, Booker T. & the M.G.'s, and Van Morrison. Dopsie has been dubbed “The Hottest Accordionist” in America for his ability to both work the crowd and pump out musical harmony in grandiose fashion. So, guests should dress festively and warm up their dancing muscles for a night of conga lines, boogeying, stompin' and generally putting on the ritz. The event also includes a silent auction, a cash bar, a parade of beady delights, and food by Berry Island Cafe~ jambalaya and white chocolate bread pudding, the signature New Orleans dessert. Kings and Queens will be chosen! Tickets are $60 until December 15, and $75 thereafter. ARTworks is the coolest arts council in the Carolinas, and a community arts center that applies the many creative tools of The Arts to strengthen artists, and enrich audiences, collectors, and visitors through high quality arts experiences and arts education programs 365 days a year. 2127 Boundary Street, Beaufort 29902; 843-379-2787,

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