The youngins’ in attendance all packed in toward the stage, many were dancing but most were just in sheer awe of the tight perfection that The Duppies displayed. Their 3-piece horn section belted out smooth rhythms, while the lead singer provided clear and soulful vocals reminiscent of the Jamaican sounds of the 60s and 70s. Though the members of the band appear to be quite young themselves, there was a style and sophistication about them that was very seasoned and mature.
There was also an energy exuding from the band members that poured out into the crowd. Along with the sounds of the horns, very positive vibes were resonating throughout the bar. Their rocksteady tunes will not soon be forgotten. You could even say their sound will stick with you or haunt you, just as their band name somewhat alludes. A Duppy is a West African term for a ghost or a spirit. A term quite often used in reggae music and popularized by the likes of Bob Marley and Lee “Scratch” Perry.
The Duppies are under the radar now but with their tight sounds and charisma on stage their success should have no boundaries. Catch the band live in a city near you!
THE DUPPIES LIVE!!!
Oct 01 – Orange & Brew (UF) – Gainesville, FL
Oct 04 – 1982 – Gainesville, FL
Oct 08 – Mohawk Place w/ the SLACKERS – Buffalo, NY
Oct 09 – Bushwick Music Studios – Brooklyn, NY
Oct 10 – Middle East – Cambridge/Boston, MA
Oct 12 – Trash Bar – Brooklyn, NY
Oct 13 – Castaways – Ithaca, NY
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– Emily Smith