2017 Lineup

Nico Duportal & the West Coast Connection


Rockin’ Rhythm & Swingin’ Blues, that’s a name suited to the music served up by the frontman, guitarist & singer Nico Duportal, who leads his “real deal” band, The Rhythm Dudes. Nico draws on the full spectrum of the deep black roots of Afro -American music and performs some of the finest early Blues and Rhythm ‘n Blues music being played in Europe today.

Avid dancers and passionate music lovers form the base of Nico Duportal & His Rhythm Dudes followers whenever they play in packed out venues throughout Europe. Their goal is always to develop new fans and create a new musical circuit. Their target is to make people dance, shaking their ‘money makers’ like it was going out of fashion! Oscar McLollie, Johnny Guitar Watson, Little Richard and Ike Turner are some of Nico’s heroes and their inspiration colours his astonishing playing.

Nico Duportal & His Rhythm Dudes have also supported and backed up many of the international musical performers and Rock n’ Roll and Blues legends who have toured Europe, such as: Big Jay McNeely, Lynwood Slim, Mitch Woods, Wanda Jackson, R. J Mischo, Roddy Jackson, Gizzelle, Ruby Ann, Junior Watson, Mark Tortorici and Alex Vargas.

Nico Duportal has also appeared on stage with Big Sandy, The Memphis Kings and Kid Ramos and was on the list of special guests on the latest “Mannish Boys” release Wrapped up and Ready (Delta Groove Productions), including Artists like Kim Wilson, Kid Ramos, Mike Welch, Fred Kaplan and Sugar Ray Ford.

The band has toured all over the world, playing festivals and clubs in Belgium, Holland, Germany, Luxembourg, Scotland, England, Scandinavia, Spain and Italy, performing for enthusiastic crowds as far afield as the USA and Australia. Often heading the stage of the legendary Parisian swing temple “Le Caveau de la Hachette”, Nico’s talents are requested more and more in Europe, and he is especially popular in California, where his incendiary performances galvanize both listeners and dancers.

The original Rhythm & Blues and Rock’n’Roll that Nico and his band have both created and resurrected has found an ever-growing army of fans. Their 2009 album “Meet me in the Basement” is still consistently selling and the follow up recording from June 2011, “Goin Back to Ya “, was awarded “Le pied or Real deal” comments and 5 stars by the renowned French magazine “Soul Bag”. From March 2013, with “Real Rockin’ Papa” (on crazy times records) both albums have sold throughout the world.

The new “GUITAR PLAYER” album out next April 15th on the US Rhythm Bomb Records label undeniably reflects the spirited style and vivacity of the band, acknowledging the deep early Blues style and Swing that is in their DNA. Nico Duportal & his rhythm dudes balance all their stunning music with real five star behavior both in the studio & on stage.

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