the band

“Amazing multi-instrumentalist, Rob Duquette on percussion, guitar, vocals and whatever else he can fit in the van.”

- Jonathan Edwards

duquette is an alt-folk-rock band that features members of the bands of David Bowie, Jonathan Edwards, Cyndi Lauper and Chuck Berry.  Sometimes shows feature just leader, Rob Duquette and an acoustic guitar.  Sometimes it’s a full band with drums, guitar, bass and keyboards.  They play anywhere from a folk club to a concert venue.  And love it all.  Rob is currently on a national solo tour that has brought him to such cities as Austin, Los Angeles, Portland Oregon and Nashville.

The new album “Trust the Night” is currently being played by over 80 stations around the country and features Jonathan Edwards on vocals and harmonica, and Nick Luca (Iron and Wine, Sheryl Crow) on guitar and synths, John Mailander (Bruce Hornsby) on fiddle and Joe K. Walsh on mandolin.

duquette can’t help but add some world grooves into the mix.  They focus on stories, groove and improvisation.  (They’ve been compared to Dawes, David Gray and Jackson Browne.)  Influences include Bob Dylan, Miles Davis and Duke Ellington…

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Trust the Night

Rob Duquette’s new compositions are like Elivis Costello meeting Jackson Browne in a coffee shop, with jazz and world music sensibilities as sweetener. Personnel includes Jonathan Edwards on harmonica, as well as members of Iron and Wine and David Bowie.

This Time

Singer Songwriter Jazz/Rock with World Grooves.

“Rob Duquette really knocked me out!”

- Joe Porcaro


“All in all, Rob Duquette is an accomplished musician. With his prolific studies of African-American, North American and African music; he should be enjoying much success in all genres.”

- Kristen DiCarara-McClellan

Portland Press Herald

Past Shows

  • Club Passim (Cambridge, MA)
  • Richard’s Café (Nashville, TN)
  • Bar Lubitsch (Los Angeles, CA)
  • One Longfellow Square (Portland, ME)
  • Empire (Portland, ME)
  • The Bluebird Café (Nashville, TN)
  • Awendaw Green (Charleston SC)
  • Artichoke Music (Portland OR)
  • Radio Bean (Burlington VT)
  • Kenny’s Castaways (New York, NY)
  • The Barking Spider (Cleveland, OH)
  • The Stone Church (Newmarket, NH)


  • Kendal Café (Cambridge, MA)
  • Nightstage (Cambridge, MA)
  • The Living Room (New York, NY)
  • TT the Bears (Cambridge, MA)
  • Hard Rock Café (Hollywood, CA)
  • The Press Room (Portsmouth, NH)
  • The Burren (Somerville, MA)
  • The Bitter End (New York, NY)
  • Nietzsche’s (Buffalo, NY)
  • Johnny D’s (Somerville, MA)
  • Mast Cove Gallery (Kennebunkport, ME)
  • The Outer Space (Hamden, CT)

Selected openings and shared bills:

  • The Little River Band
  • Mary Gauthier
  • David Massengill
  • Peter Mulvey
  • Aztec Two-Step
  • Michael Troy
  • Devonsquare
  • Greg Greenway
  • Adam Ezra
  • Catie Curtis
  • Roy Bookbinder
  • Ari Hest
  • Dave Gutter
  • Enter the Haggis

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