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The Dukes of Destiny
Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm In 1985 a bunch of young, local musicians got together and began playing old blues songs in a rambling three-story house in Philadelphia. They decided to take the act on the road as The Dukes of Destiny, a name they got from a matchbook cover urging the reader to “Be the Captain of Your Own Destiny.” At first, The Dukes of Destiny played house parties in the Germantown and Mt. Airy sections of Philly, generating interest by word of mouth. A gig at the now-defunct Taker’s Café in Germantown launched their public career, and 31 years later, they are still playing some of the hottest, most danceable blues and old school soul in the Philadelphia area. Today The Dukes of Destiny reign as Philadelphia’s longest-lived and best loved blues act. There have been changes in the act: guitarists left and came back, bass and sax players moved and or left the band, and sadly, singer and founder Steve Brown died in March of 2000. But the approach and commitment of the band has remained constant for over 30 years, resulting in a band with a unique tightness and an original approach to the music. With a mix of powerful original songs and unique arrangements of blues and soul standards, The Dukes of Destiny continue to grow and develop as they share their music through countless live performances and recordings. The Dukes have released four CDs: The Dukes of Destiny (1991), House of Forbidden Love” (1997), Dukes of Destiny 3” ( 2004) featuring 6 original compositions by John Colgan-Davis and the debut of Arlyn Wolters, and Higher, (2013) which features original compositions by Arlyn Wolters, AC Steel and John Colgan-Davis. They are regularly featured on Jonny Meister's Blues Show on WXPN and on other Blues and roots shows. This year they will appear at the Philadelphia Folk Festival's Sunday Blues Afternoon playing alongside Walter Wolfman Washington. Clearly, The Dukes continue to produce strong and unique high-quality music. They are proud to reign as “Philly’s longest lived and best loved blues band.”

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Mission Statement: Party!!! What we do: Go to night club shows, hand picked by me, to see and hear great bands. What to expect: Lots of funky New Orleans style Brass Bands, Zydeco/Cajun bands and other New Orleans and LA related music. Many of the bands come from there, but many are local like New Sounds Brass Band, Swift Technique, and Philly Gumbo. Most of the Zydeco is presented by Allons Danser. Many bands come from NYC, Atlanta and elsewhere. There may even be a gospel show if I can find one.

Tired of that awful pop music and all that smooth whatever music being shoved down your throat? Come give us a try. It's said that the whole of New Orleans musicians is just one big band that breaks up into smaller different bands each night. New Orleans Jazz Fest goers, New Orleans and Louisiana music fans in general, understand this. Most of the music will have a Jazz backbone, but not what most people think they know about Jazz.

I do want to meet you, but we don't wear name tags. This is not a dating group. We don't stand or sit at a table as a group. These are mostly night clubs. These shows are very dynamic with people traveling from a table to the bar to the dance floor or to talk to somebody. If you happen to make a friend or two, cool. They don't have to be from the group. These shows are one big party. Groove to the music, dance, eat, drink and talk to people. The best way to make a friend. You might be new to the music I like, but trust me, it's good stuff.

Jazz Fest and Mardi Gras goers welcomed big time! Oh, by the way, no pop concerts or karaoke in this schedule. And PLEASE, don't call these shows concerts!

A few people may want to get together for a bite to eat before a show. That's cool. Let me know.

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