Artist Spotlight: JAKDD

Melody Baetens
The Detroit News
JAKDD performs Saturday at the Dally in the Alley.

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Line up: Jonathan Duncan, vocals and drums; Alexander Duncan, guitars and backing vocals; Dorinda Gist, bass and backing vocals; Dwayne Havard, guitars and backing vocals; Shanique Jackson, backing vocals.

Sound: Groove-heavy hard rock. The band is influenced by Motor City artists of all kinds, from Ted Nugent to Big Sean. 

History: Formerly known as Next Gen, this Detroit-based rock group came together in 2005 and eventually evolved into JAKDD. 

Next: See JAKDD at the Dally in the Alley Saturday. The five-piece band  is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. on the Forest Stage. Dally is in Midtown Detroit between W. Forest and Hancock and Second and Third. Visit for more information. 

Melody Baetens