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Who is The Dust Parade?

This is a tale of The Dust Parade, an original music group from the coastal nether-regions of Eastern North Carolina. Theirs is a unique style of blues/surf/jazz-improv expressed through, and expanded over, catchy songwriting. Their sound is dynamic. Infectious. Its entertaining and unpredictable, for all involved. It’s not “jam” and it’s definitely not jazz. It’s just music. Incredibly good music. Made in America with 100% heart.

Conceived in the solitude of a quiet bedroom during the lonely late hours of night. Guitarist/singer/songwriter and self proclaimed “clueless leader” Hank Barbee writes and writes. The ideas flow down from the heavens. There are no rules there. No parameters of genre or prose. Simply melodies and a sparsely sketched canvas of mood and message.

In the winter of 2016, Hank began to jam with bassist Matt Henderson, and the two even did a few shows. There was a chemistry. In early 2017 Barbee called up a saxophonist he was pleasantly acquainted with named Jim Durham. Hank asked him to sit in on an upcoming show. More chemistry. After several months of trial and tribulation, the trio is gifted with the awesome soul of drummer, Logan Watson.

It’s now 2018 and the new songs and sounds are rolling out. Band practice is the highlight of the week. Creation is empowerment and love and a reminder that we were all created by something bigger. Therefore we, in turn, must create.

This sound. It makes people happy. It makes the girls wanna sway. It seems to make fans and ‘repeat attenders’. This breed of ‘bluesy island surf country bossa soul’ with that little dab of ‘beachy swing jazz’ is just what this world needs. The Dust Parade.

The band sat down with Wilmington's ENCORE MAGAZINE. Check it out here:

MIXING BOWL OF MAGIC: The Dust Parade talks their first year of making music as a band

MIXING BOWL OF MAGIC: The Dust Parade talks their first year of making music as a band

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Performance Schedule

Date Event Location
THE DUST PARADE Cru Wine Bar, Beaufort, NC Cru Wine Bar, Beaufort, NC
THE DUST PARADE Harvey Mansion, New Bern, NC Harvey Mansion, New Bern, NC
Hank Barbee Shuckin' Shack, Morehead City, NC Shuckin' Shack, Morehead City, NC
The Dusty Trio Swansboro Yacht Club, Swansboro, NC Swansboro Yacht Club, Swansboro, NC
THE DUST PARADE Off The Hook, Morehead City, NC Off The Hook, Morehead City, NC
THE DUST PARADE Cloud 9 Rooftop Bar, Wilmington, NC Cloud 9 Rooftop Bar, Wilmington, NC
Hank Barbee & Les Britt Duck and Dive, Wilmington, NC Duck and Dive, Wilmington, NC
Hank Barbee Dockside, Wilmington, NC Dockside, Wilmington, NC
THE DUST PARADE Jimmy's at Red Dogs, Wrightsville Beach, NC Jimmy's at Red Dogs, Wrightsville Beach, NC
Hank Barbee & Les Britt Fishy Fishy Cafe, Southport, NC Fishy Fishy Cafe, Southport, NC
THE DUST PARADE Waterline Brewing, Wilmington, NC Waterline Brewing, Wilmington, NC
Hank Barbee Flytrap Brewing, Wilmington, NC Flytrap Brewing, Wilmington, NC
THE DUST PARADE Cloud 9 Rooftop Bar, Wilmington, NC Cloud 9 Rooftop Bar, Wilmington, NC
The Dusty Trio Icehouse, Swansboro, NC Icehouse, Swansboro, NC
The Dusty Trio Arendell Room, Morehead City, NC Arendell Room, Morehead City, NC
Hank Barbee Carolina Home & Garden Patio, Newport, NC Carolina Home & Garden Patio, Newport, NC
Hank Barbee Snapperz Boat Bar, Morehead City, NC Snapperz Boat Bar, Morehead City, NC
Hank Barbee Church Street Pub, Swansboro, NC Church Street Pub, Swansboro, NC
The Dusty Trio Swansboro Yacht Club, Swansboro, NC Swansboro Yacht Club, Swansboro, NC
The Dusty Trio Crystal Coast Brewing: AB Taproom, Atlantic Beach, NC Crystal Coast Brewing: AB Taproom, Atlantic Beach, NC