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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

Previous events

Date Event Location
Hank Barbee The Joyce, Leland, NC The Joyce, Leland, NC
Hank Barbee Shuckin' Shack, Morehead City, NC Shuckin' Shack, Morehead City, NC
THE DUST PARADE Cru Wine Bar, Beaufort, NC Cru Wine Bar, Beaufort, NC
The Dusty Trio Treehouse Beer Company, Cedar Point, NC Treehouse Beer Company, Cedar Point, NC
THE DUST PARADE Jimmy's at Red Dogs, Wrightsville Beach, NC Jimmy's at Red Dogs, Wrightsville Beach, NC
Hank Barbee Church Street Pub, Swansboro, NC Church Street Pub, Swansboro, NC
The Dusty Trio The Ordinary, Morehead City, NC The Ordinary, Morehead City, NC
THE DUST PARADE Brooklyn Arts Center, Wilmington, NC Brooklyn Arts Center, Wilmington, NC
THE DUST PARADE Duck and Dive, Wilmington, NC Duck and Dive, Wilmington, NC
Hank Barbee Flytrap Brewing, Wilmington, NC Flytrap Brewing, Wilmington, NC
Hank Barbee Flytrap Brewing, Wilmington, NC Flytrap Brewing, Wilmington, NC
Hank Barbee & Les Britt Fishy Fishy Cafe, Southport, NC Fishy Fishy Cafe, Southport, NC
Hank Barbee Idle Hour Biergarten, Atlantic Beach, NC Idle Hour Biergarten, Atlantic Beach, NC
The Dusty Trio The Boro Restaurant & Bar, Swansboro, NC The Boro Restaurant & Bar, Swansboro, NC
The Dusty Duo (Hank & Chet) Little Village, Panama City, FL Little Village, Panama City, FL
The Dusty Duo (Hank & Chet) Funky Mermaid Lounge, Panama City, FL Funky Mermaid Lounge, Panama City, FL
The Dusty Duo (Hank & Chet) Sailor's Landing, Panama City, FL Sailor's Landing, Panama City, FL
The Dusty Duo (Hank & Chet) Taproom, Panama City, FL Taproom, Panama City, FL
The Dusty Duo (Hank & Chet) Millie's, Panama City, FL Millie's, Panama City, FL
THE DUST PARADE The Red Rooster, Oriental, NC The Red Rooster, Oriental, NC