2011 Artist Lineup

Vagabond Swing

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Vagabond Swing (Lafayette, LA) created its one-of-a-kind flair with a mix of hot jazz, bluegrass, gypsy swing, and Afrobeat. True to the band’s Louisiana roots, Vagabond Swing’s sound is laden with the richness of New Orleans Ragtime, while incorporating strong Gypsy/Swing, and even Ska/Reggae/Latin rhythms. According to ultoday.com, “Vagabond Swing lies within the creative blending of classic sounds and modern concepts, blending acoustic musical tastes from the past and present.” Along with the music’s fusion of modern and classic genres, the band members themselves bring on a show of high-energy, youthful spunk, which gives the live performance an almost-surprising air of excitement. The Times of Acadiana writes that Vagabond Swing is “musically complicated and layered with fun, light lyrics.” Vagabond Swing fits into a variety of settings, with performances ranging from music festivals to local events and smaller venues. The band shows its musical variety, as they perform an easy-listening tune like “Daisy and the Vagabond” alongside “Soundtrack to an Untimely Death”—a folk ballad with several movements, a heavy Latin undertone, culminated by a wailing trumpet with a melody that makes it impossible to keep from dancing. The band is comprised of Jon Stone (mandolin, vocals), Jesse Duplechain (lead guitar), Bryan Webre (rhythm guitar), Hayden Talley (upright bass), Josh LeBlanc (trumpet/percussion), Steven Pilcher (trumpet), and Roy Durand (drums, vocals). The band’s unique vibe can be attributed to the members’ varied musical backgrounds—concentrations in jazz (Duplechain, Webre, Talley, LeBlanc, Pilcher), folk/bluegrass/gypsy (Stone), and even punk/ska (Durand). Each member of the band brings an individual style that makes Vagabond Swing’s hodgepodge of sounds.

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