KYLE DOMANGUE – Guitar, Vocals, Songwriter
Kyle is from Houma, LA and has been playing, writing and recording music since the early age of 12. His numerous summer performances at Noah’s Ark in Panama City Beach, FL paved the way for the start of his solo acoustic guitar career.
Kyle started his acoustic entertainment business in 1991 in the southlands of Lousiana and built a very strong following performing in many popular bars, clubs, coffee shops and restaurants around Louisiana State University campus. Kyle was performing regularly in Phoenix, AZ venues with an extremely talented Roots Rock band called The Preserve. The Preserve have released it’s debut album “The Setup” and their work can be found online at CD Baby, iTunes and DigStation. Their second CD “Golden Opportunity” has been completed and is now also available online.
Kyle performed with The Preserve at the Fiesta Bowl Block Party in Tempe, AZ in January 2010 having opened up for the Doobie Brothers and also in March 2011 for the Stop, Rock & Roll Music Festival in Phoenix opening for the Gin Blossoms. Kyle has also been privileged to open or share the stage with a number of other established artists such as: Justin Moore, Dizzy Reed (Guns & Roses), Thaddeus Richard (McCartney/Wings), Alex Grossi (Quiet Riot, Skid Row), Chad McDonald (Gene Loves Jezebel), Michael Brahm (Flock of Seagulls), “Louisiana’s Rockin’ Fiddler” Waylon Thibodeaux and Randy Jackson (Zebra).
JODY NAQUIN – Bass, Guitar, Vocals
Jody is from Houma, LA and has 35+ years playing guitar having played many genres over the years including Classic Rock, Oldies, Country, Swamp Pop and Big Band. He has now decided to play BASS guitar, something he’s always wanted to do, but never an opportunity until now. Jody has performed with several bands during this time including Aerie, Marauder, “Louisiana’s Rockin’ Fiddler” Waylon Thibodeaux, Seabrook, Louisiana Soul Survivors, Take Five, Moss Point, Billy Stark and Friends, Kerizma, The Joe Show and has also done some freelance work with ADORE Ministries and Victory Christian Center music groups.
Jody began learning to play the guitar around the age of 7, having taught himself how to play chords and learning songs heard on the radio. Later, he started performing with friends (all acoustic) from a local group from Annunziata Church in Houma. This same group of friends evolved into his first band ever named Aerie (1974-81). Following Aerie, Jody performed with several local groups around the area until doing a 7-year stint playing lead guitar with Seabrook during the early to late 80’s, having performed for many festivals, weddings, dances, local bars and clubs. He later formed Take Five along with his wife Lauren, a 5-piece group playing classic rock, pop and country dance music during the mid to late 90’s.
Jody’s music career has allowed him to have performed at many festivals and concerts such as the Uplifting the Coast Festival in Baton Rouge and Grand Isle, LA, Downtown Live After Five Concert and Voice of the Wetlands Festival in Houma, Chicken & Egg Festival in Moulton, AL and the National Shrimp Festival in Gulf Shores, AL. He has also opened for, or shared the stage with such artists as Justin Moore, Trace Adkins, Louisiana’s LeRoux, Zebra, Thaddeus Richard (McCartney/Wings), Louise Mandrell, R.C. Bannon, John Conlee.
MARK DUET – Keyboards, Vocals
Mark is from Chackbay, LA and has been a Keyboardist for 37 years, playing many genres such as Country, Rock, Pop, Blues, Zydeco, Swamp Pop and Cajun Music.
Mark has performed over the years with local acts such as Blackwater, Southern Pride (who was 1 of 6 national finalists in the 1986 Wrangler Country Showdown), Miller Point, No Boundaries, Josh Garrett, Souled Out, Don Rich, Rockin’ Doopsie, Jr. and Vin Bruce (Country Music Hall of Fame), and Uncle Pott Folse, L.J. Foret, Johnny Fonseca (Louisiana Music Hall of Fame).
Mark has played such notable stages and TV programs as the New Orleans House of Blues main stage, Mid-City Lanes Rock’N’Bowl, Howlin’ Wolf, Grand Ole Opry, Opryland, Nashville Now with Ralph Emery and the Crook & Chase Country Countown. He has performed with national artists such as Johnny Paycheck, David Allan Coe, Keith Whitley, The Kentucky Headhunters and Ronnie McDowell. He has also more recently performed with “Louisiana’s Rockin’ Fiddler” Waylon Thibodeaux, Blake Shelton, Thaddeus Richard (McCartney/Wings), Rodney Atkins, Ellis Marsalis, Dr. John, Jo-El Sonnier; Jimmy Hall (Wet Willie), 5 time Hall of Famer Tommy Allsup, Amanda Shaw, Louisiana Blues artist Tab Benoit and the Voice of The Wetlands All Star Band.
Mark has recorded on many CD’s, including Waylon Thibodeaux’s “Who’s Yo Cher’ BeBe” CD which was a top 20 Grammy nomination for 2008 and currently has the European hit “Sweet Colinda”.
MICHAEL KLAUS – Guitar, Bass, Vocals
Michael is from Thibodaux, LA and was brought up in a musical family. He began taking piano lessons at the early age of 4 for about 9 years, when he decided that the piano wasn’t really for him anymore. In search of a different musical outlet, he began playing guitar in 1999. He and others from his church decided it would be fun to start a band a few months later. Since the band already had three guitar players, Michael began to learn how to play electric bass in addition to the guitar.
During the summer of 2002, Michael began working and playing music nightly at Noah’s Ark in Panama City Beach, FL at the age of 15. He continued to be a part of the band and staff at Noah’s Ark every summer through 2007. During those summers, Michael played electric bass, acoustic guitar, lead guitar and was a lead vocalist. He was privileged to have shared the stage and studied with several prestigious musicians who made a great impact on his life and his musicianship: Paul David Longstreth, a well-known jazz pianist and Mitchell Player, professional double bass player, who were both from New Orleans; Jimmy Ward, a well-known guitarist from the panhandle of Florida who toured with David Clayton Thomas and Blood, Sweat and Tears; Luke Pinegar, well known jazz musician from the Panama City, FL area, along with other outstanding young staff musicians at Noah’s Ark. Since joining Voodoo Bayou, Michael has been privileged to have opened for, or shared the stage with, several established artists such as: Justin Moore, Thaddeus Richard (McCartney/Wings), Louisiana’s LeRoux (Louisiana Music Hall of Fame), Randy Jackson (Zebra) and “Louisiana’s Rockin’ Fiddler” Waylon Thibodeaux.
In May 2010, Michael earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Vocal Music from Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, LA where he studied under his father, Dr. Kenneth S. Klaus. While attending NSU, Michael sang in multiple choral ensembles and played double and electric bass in the NSU Blue Bayou Big Band.
Michael currently works as a local church music director and school music teacher. In his spare time he enjoys fishing and watching college football.
SAM LECOMPTE – Drums, Percussion
Sam is a native and resident of Schriever, LA and has been performing for 20+ years, having played a wide variety of genres including Country, Rock, Pop, Blues, Oldies, R&B and Funk. Sam began playing drums at the early age of 4. He is a percussion instructor for the Lafourche Parish Schools in south Louisiana.
Being an extremely talented drummer, Sam is in very high demand having performed with many local bands and artists JOSH GARRETT, MIKE ZITO, DREAM JUNKIES, LESS DEADLIES, LOCAL OPTION 2 (LO2), SOULED OUT, CRUSH, TERRI & THE FELLAS and others. You will more than likely find Sam performing somewhere with another band on any night off from VOODOO BAYOU.
Sam’s hobbies include cooking, music and wine tasting. VOODOO BAYOU is excited and honored to have Sam performing with us.