Bio

"A Soulful Bluesy Stew of Good Music". Defunkt Railroad is a three piece band playing a mix of rock and blues, R&B, originals, and Louisiana roots music (Cajun, Zydeco, New Orleans Funk). Defunkt Railroad features the soulful vocals of Ms DJ Mrugala who is also the drummer and percussionist with the band. The band also features Rick Ditmars on bass guitar and Randy Mrugala on guitar, slide guitar, and vocals.


Shows / Venues:

Defunkt Railroad has performed at numerous events in the Longmont / Boulder, Colorado area, such as the Downtown Longmont Summer Concert Series, ArtWalk Longmont, and The Nederland Wine Festival. The band has also played at many brewpubs, blues clubs, private functions, and other venues in the Denver, Longmont, and Boulder areas.


 Band Members:

DJ Mrugala:  DJ is a soulful lead vocalist and she also provides a solid rhythm as the drummer of the band. DJ also plays numerous percussion instruments, such as congas, washboard, cabasa, shakers, etc. DJ’s recent musical history includes performing with the Colorado based African Wind band at numerous festivals and shows in the western states from 2005 through 2007. In 2009 and 2010 she also performed with John Bertrand and The Band from Port Barre, Louisiana.


Randy Mrugala:  Randy’s guitar playing is influenced by many genres of music, however it is deeply rooted in the blues. As with DJ, Randy also performed with the African Wind band at numerous festivals and shows in the western states from 2005 through 2007. Randy also performed with John Bertrand and The Band from Port Barre, Louisiana in 2009 and 2010. Randy toured with Dwight Carrier and the Zydeco Ro-Doggs from Church Point, Louisiana in early 2009.


Rick Ditmars:  Rick’s solid bass playing along with DJ’s drumming provide the heartbeat of the band. Rick’s bass playing is deeply rooted in blues, jazz, and R&B. Rick has been playing bass in the Front Range area of Colorado since the late 1990s.