Dwayne Verheyden: Dutch Boy Playing, Touring with Flaco Jimenez

From the Netherlands to Texas, chromatic button accordion earns two Tejano Music Awards Nominations

By LatinoLA Contributor
Published on LatinoLA: August 26, 2014

Dwayne Verheyden: Dutch Boy Playing, Touring with Flaco Jimenez

Ever since being introduced to the musical genre by his father, Dwayne Verheyden fell in love with Tex-Mex and Conjunto music. What makes this father and son music sharing experience unique is that they are from the Netherlands. His father took a liking to the sound of the accordion, especially the sounds made by Tex-Mex great, Flaco Jimenez.

Recently, the Texas Talent Musicians Association announced the nominations for the 34th Annual Tejano Music Awards, and Dwayne had garnered two nominations in the categories of "Best New Male Artist" and "Best New Group" for his band Dwayne & The TexMeXplosion.

"I'm so honored," said Verheyden, "When Flaco Jimenez took me under his wings and help pave the way for me to realize my dreams."

Dwayne, now 23, was a natural born performer taking a liking to the piano and accordion at the early age of 8. This passion led to him to eventually capturing the attention of Tejano music legend, Flaco Jimenez, and under his mentorship, Verheyden's music has exploded, earning him a special place in the hearts of his many fans.

The Tejano Music Awards will be held on September 20, 2014 at the Live @ Lila Cockrell Theatre (San Antonio Convention Center) located at 200 East Market Street, San Antonio, TX 78205.

"Walking down the red carpet with so many musicians I have admired for most of my life... well it will be a surreal moment for me," said an excited Dwayne.

Aside from being nominated, Dwayne is also scheduled to perform along with other Tejano legends like Elida Reyna y Avente, Emilio Navaira, Shelly Lares, Grupo Solido, Los DesperadoZ, Stephanie Lynn, Jaime y Los Chamocos, Ricardo Castillon y La Diferenzia, Stefani Montiel, Sunny Sauceda, Lucky Joe, Eddie Gonzalez y Grupo Natural, Tortilla Factory featuring Robert "El Charro Negro" Butler, DJ Kane & Ricky Rick y Stereo Kumbia, David Marez, among many others.

In December 2009, Flaco Jimenez paid Dwayne Verheyden the ultimate compliment. During an exclusive interview to "San Antonio Street Talk" sastreettalk.com, the music legend announced he was retiring. Asked about whom he felt would be able to fill his shoes, Flaco said, "There are many imitators and sound-a-likes, but none can compare to Dwayne Verheyden, and he's from the Netherlands."

The Tejano Music Awards voting process is accepting votes from the fans until midnight August 29, 2014. To vote, visit: www.tejanomusicawards.com/awards- show/2-14-general-ballot/. To vote for Dwayne Verheyden, scroll down the ballot categories for "Best New Male Artist" and "Best New Group."

For more information on the Tejano Music Awards, tickets, visit:

Dwayne Verheyden
Website: http://dwayne-verheyden.nl

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