Khris Royal — facebook.com/KhrisRoyalMusic
Band: Khris Royal & Dark Matter
Date: Friday, May 31 at 9 p.m.
Venue: The Merry Widow, 51 S. Conception St., facebook.com/themerrywidowAL
Tickets: $8 adv./$10 day-of
With his blend of funk, R&B and hip-hop, Khris Royal is one of the shining stars in the modern New Orleans music scene. Royal began composing music before leaving elementary school. His first composition came from his time spent at the Louis Armstrong Jazz Camp under the guidance of Daryl Dickerson. When he entered high school alongside Trombone Shorty and bassist Mike “Bass” Ballard, the trio began delving into hip-hop production, which eventually melded with Royal’s previous musical influences.
“I was classically trained on saxophone and learned composition, and I always had an interest in R&B and hip-hop,” Royal said. “It’s a blend of those worlds with the jazz stuff.”
When he entered the professional world, Royal found himself a sought-after hired gun for an eclectic list of artists including Lettuce, The Meters, Mary J. Blige and Big Gigantic. Born from a weekly set at the Blue Nile in the Marigny, Royal’s Dark Matter project is a chance for him to focus on his own material. Recently, the group released the album “Dark Matter II.” With Royal busy in the studio, the public can expect “Dark Matter III” in the near future.
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