Duke of Uke returns for three shows
The members of Duke of Uke & His Novelty Orchestra will reunite to play three concerts in Champaign and Urbana during the holidays.
The seven-piece orchestral funk-pop ensemble, which started in C-U and is led by Dave King, features four-part vocal harmonies, ukulele, violin, tuba, saxophones, electric bass, drums and Latin percussion.
The band's upcoming performances:
— 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at The Iron Post, 120 S. Race St., U. Cover: $6.
— 5 to 7 p.m. Dec. 31 and 9:30 p.m. Dec. 31 to 1:30 a.m. Jan. 1 at Esquire Lounge, 106 N. Walnut St., C. No cover for either show.
Members of Duke of Uke — King plays the ukulele and writes most of the songs — will travel from Chicago and New Orleans to perform here.
King, violinist Claire Cannon and tuba player Lorene Anderson live in New Orleans, while bassist Sarah Cramer and saxophonist Anna Hochhalter are in Chicago. Drummer Rebecca Burlingame and percussionist David Garcia remain in C-U.
In April 2012, the group released the CD "April's Empire," its second full-length studio album, produced with Grammy-winning producer and engineer Gerry Brown.
In 2011, the band began touring nationally.
Brian Baker of City Beat in Cincinnati wrote, after hearing one of the band's gigs:
"In the course of an evening, you'll hear airy wisps of '60s Pop sweetness, Tin Pan Alley ham, blues swagger, jazz and ragtime swing, gospel reverence, Motown soul and classical precision, played with technical precision and jammy abandon."