Raoul Duke delivers a concoction of heavy funk and live electronica, infused with elements of jazz and rock for a truly unique auditory experience. Formed at Illinois State University in 2007, Ramsey Zabout, Matt Rezetko, Kevin Miller, and Brian Feldkamp continue to let Raoul Duke's sound evolve naturally by relying on improvisation and spontaneity. In 2011, original bassist Kevin Miller had to take time off with severe nerve damage; bringing in current bassist, Jeremy Williams of the Sam Sinclair Trio.
Raoul Duke has shared bills with many different acts including Kris Myers (Umphrey's McGee), Michael Glabicki (Rusted Root), Garaj Mahal, Future Rock, Family Groove Company, Somasphere, Strange Arrangement, Mr. Blotto, Jaik Willis, 56 Hope Road, The Spit Brothers, JazzSteppa, Heyoka, Phaded, Brainchild and DJ Belly; amongst many others. They also performed at the Strip Mines Music Festival in Murphysboro, IL in 2008, Funk You Fest 2010, Duck Fest 2010, and Yalapalooza 2010.
Notable venues Raoul Duke has performed at include: The Canopy Club, The Kinetic Playground, The Shawnee Cave Amphitheatre, The Castle Theatre, The Majestic Theatre, The Abbey Pub, Vision Night Club, The Elbo Room, The House Cafe, Reggie's Music Joint, Goose Island Brewery, and the Illinois Brewing Company, among others. They were also featured in the June 2010 issue of Relix Magazine.
"They play music that makes you want to dance, and just have a good time. They put out a great vibe and are incredibly talented musicians," said Kurtis Allen of Friends & Co. - The Daily Eastern News
"Raoul Duke was an unexpected treat. Their instrumental improvisation fuses funk, rock, jazz, hip-hop and electronica, which made for an interesting sound." - JamBase.com review by Herschel Conception (RS Productions)
"This was a fatter, more aggressive attitude with a splash of hip-hop energy that drove the same frenzied level of dance fever." - Jeremy Frazier of Chicago Jam Scene's review of 1.8.11 @ McDunna's in Chicago with support from IndigoSun.