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Dukakis People / Bio

The Dukakis People are an American alternative soul, rock and avant garde funk music band formed in 1990 in Kansas City, Kansas. The groups original line-up consisted of Rocky Jones Ree (multi-instrumentalist, vocals & chief songwriter) and DJ Frank "Todd" Tabron (drum programming and turntables, (from 1991 - 2001)). The history of the group began as the rock / soul outfit Project 10-35, when original members Ree and keyboardist, songwriter Ricky Morrow conceived the duo in 1986. After a four year struggle with musical directions and internal conflicts between the founders, the band was dissolved after Morrow's departure in 1990 and later reorganized as the Dukakis People.

Tabron entered the following year taking on music and production duties with Ree and in 1992 the band released their debut album "Distorted". The album centered primarily on experimental grounds that found the band trying to find their balance between rock, soul, pop and hip-hop. The following year Morris "Bohanin" Sipple (lead vocals and keyboards (from 1993 - 2001)) completed the new roster, also giving the band a more soulful R&B sound. Under this line-up the group produced their sophomore album "Plight" (1993). But the band once again began to suffer from a similar lack of internal strife and at the beginning of 1995 took an unplanned hiatus, at which during this time Ree formed the band L.S.S. with guitarist Mike Bogue that same year.

A brief reunion occurred in 1998 with the band releasing their third album "Good People" (1999), but would not be heard from again until 2005 when they released their fourth album "Used Animals" with the line-up of Ree, Morrow, Sipple and Tabron became the first album to feature all four original members. In 2006 the band was yet reformed again with Martin Brock (drums and vocals) and James "J-LO" Lopez (guitarist and vocals (from 2006 - 2007)), also adapting a more heavy rock pop foundation musically they recorded their fifth album "The Confirmation Of Things". The next album was an eponymous suite entitled "321" (2009), the bands seventh album "Her Majesty" was released in 2013. All of the bands recordings have been released and marketed under their own imprint known as the BVS Recording Corporation.

General Info

Band Members
The Dukakis People
Artist Name
Dukakis People
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Active Since
Indie / Alternative Soul / Rock

Contact Info

Kansas City, KS
Rasul Ree

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