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May Mini-Tour to Tennessee + Kentucky

Can't wait! 5/15 – Knoxville, TN @ WDVX Blue Plate Special Live —Noon 5/15 – Knoxville, TN @ Preservation Pub 2nd Floor Speakeasy—7:30pm 5/16 – Louisville, KY @ Rudyard Kipling with Aby Laby Land and TJElmore—8:00pm 5/17 – Paducah, KY @ Lowertown Arts and Music Festival—8:00pm 5/18 – Christiana, TN @ Hippie Hill 5/19 – Nashville, TN @ FooBar

Saturday @ Mike n Molly's

Looking forward to playing with Sonny Stubble and Costas today. 8pm 4/27/13

Also, just added a show at one of our favorite venues--LangLab in South Bend, IN. Save the date, folks. We're going to rock it with Ann Arbor-based Orpheum Bell. Yip.

Gig Season returns

So excited to get back to it.

Now is a time for composing

The composing never stops. We're taking this month off of gigs and diving in. The composing is always collaborative but this month, we're trying even more role changes. As always, we're booking now for later. Thinking about late spring and summer, warmer weather, and lighter days.

We're ready!

We're ready to release our new promo photo by Peter Wochniak in St. Louis. We're ready to open for The Soul Rebels Brass Band on Wednesday! We're ready for the next year. BRING IT ON, world.

Winter Tour Time

Time for trip prep! At this time next week we will be soaking up New Orleans steet vibes, trying out our accoustic chops with Sarah on upright bass and Dave on accoustic uke, no mics, no amps. Then we go to the clubs. Excited to return to a good batch, Maxine's, Quenchers, Bells, MOTR Pub and looking forward to a few new ones--Rogue on Dickson, Plush, House Cafe! And of course, New Year's Eve at the Esquire in Champaign will be our marathon event with 6 hours of playing original music to a full house of dancing people. Good things, loves. Good things! 12/22 – Hot Springs, AR @ Maxine’s 12/23 – Fayetteville, AR @ Rogue on Dickson 12/27 – St. Louis, MO @ Plush 12/28 – Chicago, IL @ Quenchers 12/31 –Champaign, IL @ The Esquire 01/02 – Dekalb, IL @ House Café 01/03 – Kalamazoo, MI @ Bell’s Eccentric Café 01/04 – Cincinnati, OH @ MOTR Pub

Chicago Chicago

Exploring new venues in Chicago is fun. Last weekend, the Gallery Cabaret delighted us with walls filled with the best kind of cooky art, and a GIANT taranchula posed behind us on top of the stage. It made playing the "Spider Suite" especially meaningful. Tomorrow, we'll play at Uncommon Ground on Devon. Let's see that roof top garden! Maybe the audience will get the green thumb itch? We have just the thing to help: April's Empire Garden Seed mix. Yep, it's a garden seed mix we created featuring the flowers of our title track April's Empire. Why? Well, we're nerdy and flowers are beautiful!

Winter tour...

Booking now for a winter tour. We're heading south in December and will do a Midwest movement for the end of the 2012 year and to welcome 2013. Stay tuned for details, but for now, I can tell you that Chicago, Cincinnati, Hot Springs, and Champaign are on the list for sure. More to come...

music video JUMP BACK!

It's pretty awesome that our first self-produced music video got over 1,000 views in one month. Check it out. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sdoF3x1mKCU&feature=plcp

APRIL'S EMPIRE CD Release Party: April 21

After two years of recording and production, the Duke of Uke & His Novelty Orchestra release their 2nd studio album, April's Empire, on April 21st at the HighDive in Champaign.

Champaign, IL –– The Duke of Uke and His Novelty Orchestra, a 7-piece orchestral funk-pop ensemble, based in Urbana-Champaign, IL, featuring 4-part vocal harmonies, ukulele, violin, tuba, saxophones, electric bass, rock drums and Latin percussion, will release their second full length studio album April’s Empire on April 21, 2012 at The HighDive in Champaign, IL. The public is invited to join the ensemble at their CD Release Party on Saturday, April 21, 2012 at 7:00pm at The HighDive, at 51 Main St. in Champaign.

The Duke of Uke and His Novelty Orchestra began recording April’s Empire with Mark Rubel at Pogo Studios in Champaign in May 2010—three months after the release of their first studio album, This Way Up. The new album, April’s Empire, was co-produced and mixed by Grammy award-winning engineer, Gerry “The Gov” Brown at Noa Noa Studio and JVern Studio Los Angeles, CA. The album was mastered by Alan Douches at West West Side Music, New Windsor, NY. The album artwork was done by Urbana-based artist, Glen Davies.

The album will be available on iTunes and other digital outlets, and the ensemble is scheduling performance tours for this spring and summer throughout the U.S. to promote the album. ###