Photos: 25th annual Juneau Jazz & Classics finale

Dwayne Dopsie and the Zydeco Hellraisers filled Treadwell Arena for the 25th annual Juneau Jazz & Classics Festival finale on Saturday. Standing and dancing room only crowds of music fans were enthralled by the band’s high-energy style of zydeco music that lasted well into the night and early hours of dawn. The band also incorporated bits of blues, boogie, 2-step and even a waltz. Dopsie has been voted “America’s Hottest Accordion” and the band is ranked 29th in the top 100 reasons to visit Louisiana by www.louisianatravel.com. “Juneau had the best seafood I have ever eaten. I won’t admit that to my friends back home though,” Dopsie said. The festival’s 25th anniversary proved to be one of the most well attended according to JJ&C Artistic Director Linda Rosenthal with venues at Holy Trinity Church, Northern Light United Church, McPhetres Hall, Chapel at the Shrine of St. Therese, the Blues Cruise — which sold out — and Centennial Hall, Hope Hall, and Juneau Arts & Culture Center nearly filled to capacity. “I think we reached more people overall,” Rosenthal said. “I was enormously pleased with the new schedule and venues. It gave us the opportunity to give more outreach into the community, to expose our artists to the people of Juneau we came to where people gathered.” Outreach included free noon-time concerts at Nugget Mall and the State Office Building; the Silverbow Back Room’s music and a movie; Alaskan Brewing Company’s Bach & Bock; the Cabaret Workshop at UAS Egan Lecture Hall; Puttin’ on the Ritz at UAS Library; and Community Day on UAS’ Auke Lake Campus. But the first-ever concert at Treadwell Arena was pleasing for Rosenthal as well as the multitude of Juneau and Douglas patrons that crowded up close to the band. “The minute I walked in I just loved it,” Rosenthal said. “The lighting, people dancing with their hands up in the air, it was just electric. We have never really had anything in Douglas before and people always thought of Treadwell as a place to go to have fun. It had a good vibe about it. It had a kind of intimate feel too, an unusual shape and a lower ceiling. I felt that it had a nice intimacy, comfortably full with a good connection between the artists and the audience.”


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