The Morning Kings / Press

"A much needed dose of sunshine funk and groovy rock jams in these cold, dark winter days."

“Some bands use the stage as a platform to discuss their political views, while others just want to make a lot of money. Rochester-grown band “The Morning Kings” has a different idea about music: It should simply be about having a good time.....”

“The new album from The Morning Kings, “Sunrise,” is energetic and layered with rock, folk, funk and jazz. This six-piece band from Rochester, Minn., created a collection of danceable tracks, and that’s evident with the first song, “The Groove.” The Morning Kings want to you to get up and move and as soon as you hear the first note, I’ll just bet you won’t be able to sit still. “Red Cactus” has bit of a Tom Petty flavor to it and in “Stay True,” the vocals are a fine fusion of David Gray and Pat Monahan of Train. My favorite track was “Levity” and I’m surprised as The Morning Kings sound like a jam band; I almost hate to admit it, but I’ve never been a fan of jam bands. But in “Levity,” each band member each brings in their own style and finely weaves together a musical tapestry, which in the hands of less skilled musicians, would be nothing more than chaotic clumps of sound. My second favorite track was “Breezeway.” The other tracks have a happines”

“Every Monday the staff here at Five.Oh.Seven. Clothing sits down and meets with a local band, musician, and/or entertainer who has roots to our kick ass community. We get the insight on what it’s like to be a musician in our area, and what it takes to separate yourselves from the rest. We go inside with our local celebrities and find out just what it is that makes them tick, what keeps them moving, and we have them tell us some never heard before stories. Check back every Monday to meet a new group, hear some tunes, and find out where you can go to find more local music.”

“hroughout the last five months, Rochester-based alternative acoustic rockers The Morning Kings have been hard at work in the studio and on the road gearing up for the first-ever album release show tomorrow night. With recording, mastering, mixing and pressing finally complete on their extended play album Sunrise, The Morning Kings are ready to take center stage.”

“One of the region’s most refreshingly original bands will have a new feather to put in its hat next Friday. The Morning Kings, a six-piece ensemble comprised of predominantly local, unequivocally musical 20-somethings, will release its first album Aug. 24 at Kathy’s Pub. Five of the six band members have Rochester roots, and much of The Morning Kings’ journey has invoked the talents of fellow 507 area code alumni. “We started the recording process back in February,” said lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist Drew Barbes. “We worked with Rob Oesterlin, a Century High School grad, at the Terrarium studio in downtown Minneapolis.” “We’re really excited about this release,” Barbes said. “It’s been a long time in the making.” Where did the name “The Morning Kings” come from? Drew Barbes: There were quite a few names thrown around at first. I originally came up with the name but we all decided together what it would be. It actually has a different meaning for d”

“By Christina Killion Valdez The Post-Bulletin, Rochester MN The Rochester band The Morning Kings will play its danceable mix of alternative rock songs Friday at Kathy's Pub, 307 S. Broadway in Rochester. The band is made up of Cameron Smith on drums and vocals, Justin Bourassa on lead guitar, Andrew Conrad on guitar and vocals, Drew Barbes on vocals and guitar, Kyle Truex on bass and vocals. Together they play a blend of cover songs by Sublime, Jack Johnson, the Beatles, Tom Petty and others, as well as original songs. The band is also able to switch between performing acoustic concerts or full band sets that could include saxophone, three guitars, bass and drums. Music starts at 8 p.m. and goes until 2 a.m. No cover.”

“A night of comedy and live music has a serious side — to raise awareness and money for local homeless youths. This Ain't No Joke, a fundraising event for A Place to Call Home, a group initiative formed by this year's Leadership Greater Rochester class, will be held Thursday at the Wicked Moose in Rochester. The event features stand-up comedy by five local comedians — Gilmore, Ryan Schmidt, Danielle Teal, Jeff Larson and Kelly Powers — and live music by The Morning Kings, an alternative, acoustic rock band. There will also be a dinner, wall of wine raffle and silent auction, with all proceeds benefiting local homeless youth initiatives and transitional housing. Young artists are also being invited to sell their work at the event, but those proceeds will go to the artists, said Desirae Dyke, a member of Leadership Greater Rochester.”

“http://www.postbulletin.com/newsmanager/templates/localnews_story.asp?z=35&a=470052 For me, it's the return of some of my favorite seasonal beers, such as Jack's Pumpkin Spice and Leinenkugel's Oktoberfest, both of which I'm sure will be in attendance at next week's Octoberfest on the Plaza. Sponsored by Laser 101.7 and Apollo Liquor, the 15th annual happening will be 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 24 in the Peace Plaza in downtown Rochester. In true fest fashion, Octoberfest will bring with it more than 100 beers to sample, food provided by Ye Olde Butcher Shoppe, live music by local band The Morning Kings, bar games and more.”