We’ve found your feel-good band of the summer.

Pink Royal is really just too adorable. Coming hot off of a recent album release, the Lawrence band played the Mixmaster event at the Bottleneck on Saturday. This is the type of music that is just delightfully danceable. Nothing you’d bust a move to, but would certainly have you grooving and scooting around your kitchen on a sunny Sunday morning while whipping up a batch of your famous pancakes.

There are too many alluring aspects to count with this band, but by far and wide the exuberant frontman takes the cake. This charismatic cutie bewitched the crowd. With arms outstretched for the high notes (almost like he was giving you a hug!), he is more graceful than Celine Dion and more enthusiastic than Roberto Benigni. Yes, life is beautiful when this fella takes the stage in his hot pink kitty shirt. Kittens! On his shirt!

The rest of the band members are all smiles, stealing glances from each other while always enjoying– nay, LOVING– their craft. Sometimes the frontman graces them with his winning personality for a little bandmate-to-bandmate nuzzle before climbing on top of a speaker or boogying across the stage.

Pink Royal is a barrel of sunshine and should play all the summer festivals this year.

Words and photos by Fally Afani



Fally Afani is an award-winning journalist with a career spanning more than 20 years in media. She has worked extensively in radio, television, newspapers, magazines, and more.

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