Rude Kings

Rude Kings

When it comes to great Ska music in Dallas, look no further than Rude King. Formed in 2003 in Chicago and transplanted to Dallas in 2006, Rude King has taken the scene by storm with high energy live shows and a sound rooted in 2-tone Ska, but infused with an intensity and style all their own. This dual fronted, seven-piece ska act includes male and female singers, a tight and soulful rhythm section, blistering guitar leads and a scorching-hot horn section.

Rude King's new release "Ruder, Better, Faster, Stronger" has been a well received follow-up to their debut EP, “Rude To The Last Drop”.

Known for putting on exciting live performances, Rude King enjoys success as a hot act in the Midwest, Southwest and along the West coast. Rude King is equally comfortable headlining or playing a supporting role for other regional and national touring bands. Rude King has shared the stage with many of the greats in Ska music like The Toasters, Mustard Plug, Deals Gone Bad, Big D and the Kids Table, Fishbone, Voodoo Glow Skulls, Bad Manners, Chris Murray, and more.

Locally, you'll find Rude King at every ska show actively promoting a growing Dallas Ska scene and playing local top notch venues like Trees, Liquid Lounge, Prophet Bar, and many more.

Through a steady touring schedule, Rude King is finding bigger and broader audiences; solidifying their place in the national Ska music scene. By continuing to write great songs performed by inspired musicians, they continue to impress fans and gain the respect of their peers and fans around the US and internationally.

Arm The Poor

Roots. Reggae. Simple.

That’s what Arm the Poor is about. A seven-piece roots, ska, and dub reggae band from Kansas City, Arm the Poor, has brought energy, consciousness, and news across the Midwest. With heavy rhythms and melodies mixed with strong and relevant lyrics, Arm the Poor has forced its way onto the reggae scene. There is no fusion of genres; this band plays strictly reggae music. “It’s about culture,” said singer Torey Logan, “reggae is the times, is the gospel, and is the evening news to the masses.”

Their debut album, Respect, demonstrated a clear separation from mainstream American reggae simply based on romance and pot-smoking. Rather, with tracks like “Bredda X,” “Babylon,” and “Policeman,” Arm the Poor focuses more on politics, religion, and oppression. Arm the Poor has cited Steel Pulse, Alborosie, and Nasio Fontaine as primary influences in their musical style.

Dubbed the finest roots reggae band in the Midwest, Arm the Poor has the potential to appeal to a wide crowd across the nation. With continued motivation and heart-felt energy, Arm the Poor is sure to have an amazing future.

Plug Uglies

While most bands try to stick to the beaten path, the Plug Uglies have brought their music up in completely unfamiliar territory. Far away from the coasts from which ska is known, they are instead trying to carve out their own path amongst the predominantly country and indie scenes of the Mid-West. It is also from this isolation that they have found a unique sound that is even unlike any other ska band, with tunes ranging from upbeat and happy to darker and heavier. Combine that with the raw energy and attitude of punk rock, and you can see why people just cant help but move when they hear it.

The beginnings of the band can be traced back to two tiny little towns in the heart of Kansas, where everyone knew you by name and crop-dusting actually involved airplanes and crop. There, the core of the band first started playing music together alongside their studies. A little while later, they picked up a "trombonist" (who had never played trombone before) and started on their way to making the music they love. After high school, the members relocated themselves to the urban wasteland of Kansas City. After the initial culture shock (which left them in a coma for weeks), they came across the members who would eventually fill out the rest of their horn line. It is since this final addition that they have began to blossom into a fully-functioning professional music act.

Although their career is in the beginning stages, there is no limit to how far they can take their music with their tireless perseverance, outstanding musicianship, and their love of the music that they play. They do not expect or even care for fame but are driven by a desire to play their music for anyone who wants to take a listen. So, sit back, listen up, and spread the word. Plug Uglies will be in your city sometime soon.

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