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the duke of uke and his novelty orchestra & orpheum bell
Two of LangLab's favorite and most popular acts are coming back and sharing a bill no less! We are so so happy to bring back, for the first time in over a year, Champaign, Illinois' The Duke of Uke and His Novelty Orchestra. They will be joined on this amazing bill by another favorite of ours, Ann Arbor, Michigan's Orpheum Bell!
The Duke Of Uke and His Novelty Orchestra
Energetic and unabashedly romantic, The Duke of Uke & His Novelty Orchestra will enchant LangLAB with witty lyrics, complex vocal harmonies and funky rhythms. Their infectiously optimistic sound draws from a wide range of influences—classical composers such as Bach, to tin pan alley ragtime tunes, to elements of gospel and Motown, to rock and roll artists of the '60s and 70s. The unique combination of ukulele, violin, tuba, saxophone, bass, rock drums and Latin percussion swing from sweet to funky.
"I do wonder what to call your music - I grew up in Snyder, Oklahoma, where my father played 'cowboy' music on the radio loudspeaker each Saturday from dawn to midnight. I heard hints of that - I went to school in Mississippi, near New Orleans and loved visits to Beale Street. I grew up dancing away every night every chance I got to big band music. And I heard a little of each from you. As you can see - the pleasure lingers on."
- Phyllis B. Wright (Actress, 1916-2007)
"An American band for sure, but with members originally from Ukraine, Holland and Armenia as well as the States they throw in influences from all those places’ musical styles as well as roaming up and down the years to encompass early jazz, tango and ragtime, not to mention folk and contemporary rock’n'roll.
It could be a recipe for disaster, and it’s true that when a band cites as influences The Clash, Django Reinhardt and Russian poet and singer Vladimir Vysotsky amongst others the specter of Pseuds Corner looms large but the Bell, as they probably don’t want to be called, pull it all off with aplomb. It’s a carny sound they create, the sound of a traveling medicine show rolling into town, but a long way from the sometimes sinister undercurrents of that music, for theirs is warm, welcoming and consistently engaging..."
Click here to read the full review at Americana-UK.com
Doors open at 7:30pm with an 8:30pm start time. $10 cover. All ages welcome!