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Welcome to the official website for The Royal Dukes, voted one of the country's best party bands by "The Knot" magazine. The Royal Dukes perform all around the world, but play mostly in Houston, Dallas/Fort Worth, Austin, New Orleans and Oklahoma, plus the surrounding areas. They play an unusual high energy mix of funk, old-school rock, jazz, current top 40, soul, swing, 80s/70s/90s hits, afro-cuban, country and more - anything to get 'em up and dancing - the choice is yours!
The Royal Dukes Band is completely self-managed, and so you get the best musicians in the country for a fraction of the price: you'll be very pleasantly surprised at how far your budget goes for a top tier band...
The Royal Dukes Band is also a proud part of the International Musicians League, a group of genuine, full-time musicians, who lead the industry with standards, accountability and professionalism.

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For many people, booking a band is a daunting task. The Royal Dukes Band prides itself on a level of pre-event service that is unrivalled - we guarantee that the band will be the easiest part of planning your event. Any logistical complications are taken care of behind the scenes, and we pro-actively guide you through the process, so that you can simply enjoy your event to the full. Just tell us about your vision, and let us take care of the rest.

 

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   NEWS - Sep 2014
Upcoming Free Showcase Gigs:
Free public Royal Dukes Band showcase evenings are held regularly so that you can see the band in action - these events are always a really fun night out, and you'll get a good feel for exactly why this band is so different to everything else out there. ( more info... )

 

Where can I see the band showcases?
Houston: Mon Sep 8th - details...

Dallas: Tue Sep 23rd - details...

Austin: Mon Sep 29th - details...

Grammy Win for Snarky Puppy!
Enormous congratulations go out to Royal Dukes Chris McQueen, a member of the band Snarky Puppy who won a Grammy on Jan 27th for Best R&B Performance with their song Something performed with Lalah Hathaway. Music awards dont come much bigger than that - congratulations again guys! Check out Snarky Puppys music, information and tour dates here
Royal Dukes Band in Detail
Royal Dukes guitarist Josh Sheiman recently released his debut album '21st century.' It consist of 9 all original jazz/fusion instrumental compositions. The CD features the talents of Josh Sheiman, Art Frisote, Andrew Gordon, and Royal Dukes's own Jordan Almes on Drums. The CD release party will be Friday, December 13th, at Cezannes. The CD release party will feature another Royal Dukes member, Lamar Boulet, on the trumpet. Check out recordings of the Josh Sheiman Group on iTunes or CD Baby!
Original Legends of the Blues
Royal Dukes Saxophonist Eric Demmer performed for a show Friday, December 6th, appropriately named Original Legends of the Blues. The show was held at the Englewood Event Center and features Jimmi Mayes, Joey Gilmore, Jerry Jemmott, Barry Seelen, and Eric Demmer. If you haven't heard of these guys, check out their bios! Some serious players. Eric himself has toured with Gatemouth Brown for 10+ years as well as played with some of the all time greats such as Carlos Santana and Eric Clapton. Not too shabby!
Royal Dukes Band on Oklahoma Live
Matt Johns led a small contingent of the Royal Dukes Band on KSBIs Oklahoma Live on December 5. Matt performed Blowin Smoke by Kasey Musgraves, as well as Somebody Like You by Keith Urban after an interview with hosts Abby and Drew, and shared a quality story or two about working in weddings.
Royal Duke's T.V. gigs
That's right! We're the cool cats performing in the North Texas Food Bank commercial. Keep an eye out, it airs nationally! Food banks have never looked so funky...
American idol semi-finalist
Royal Dukes singer Kady Malloy made it as far as the semi finals of American Idol! Congratulations! Luckily for us, Simon will be giving her no more grief though - shes back singing with us as a celebrated lady Duke, so we're pretty happy.
Award winning songwriter's in our ranks
Congratulations to Royal Dukes singer Matt Dunn for realeasing his new album 'Black Lines'. Keep an eye out for this guy, he's one to watch.
From Texas to Broadway!
Royal Duke Tyler Berry was flown into New York recently to audition for broadway smash The Book of Mormon! We've all got our fingers crossed for him - an incredibly talented musician and performer.
Our free shows! Come check us out.
Thanks to Darwin's pub (Austin), Dan Electro’s Guitar Bar (Houston), City Tavern (Dallas), Whiskey Chicks (Oklahoma City) and Big Mama’s Lounge, at House of Blues (New Orleans) for hosting our monthly showcase gigs! We love these venues - seriously well respected in the arts scene - we're glad to be working with such professionals.