Territorio Liberado!

Roka’s second annual festival in solidarity with the immigrant rights struggle.

10 bad ass bands, $10 bucks, all proceeds go to Metro Denver Sanctuary Coalition and Casa de Paz. See you there!

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Damn, it’s been a while…

Life’s just been throwing some punches, curve balls, whatever you wanna call it… I haven’t been in a ‘sharing’ places for a while… But I think life is starting to sort itself out a little bit… or a least: I’m learning to roll with the punches. …and despite all the punches, music keeps my shit sane.

I guess the most recent sweet things have been Roka’s performance at the Levitt Pavillion (below)…

 

A tour with Pink Hawks (which also played at the Levitt)…

 

Roots, Rice & Beans album release…

So, yeah! Shit’s been busy as well…

Up next:

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Pink Hawks at Ophelia’s Feb 2018, Cartas a Felice in El Salvador

Pink Hawks performing at Ophelia’s, Feb 3rd, 2018.  Two days before I left for El Salvador…

…and El Salvador was: real.  Though things got real for me, I had plenty of time to hang out and do shit. 

Like: check out bands, go to the beach, sight seeing, eating, gettin’ a little drunk. 

I saw Cartas a Felice with my niece Francella “Fran!”…


…actually. all my outings with her and Toto (her brother/my nephew) were bad ass… sweet, sweet memories now…

Back!

Yo,

Had to take a breaky break from blogging.  Life, yo.  Fucking life.  Future was uncertain n’ shit…  Still kinda is…  always…

In the mean time…

Pink Hawks opened for Antibalas.

That.  Was cool.  It was kinda bringing some stuff full circle for me…  I remember seeing Antibalas in Detroit, shortly before moving to Denver.  I remember having my mind blown…  Such a massive horn, rhythm, and percussion section…  and so funky.  and danceable.  with a cool message…

Yeah, I’ve been wanting to open for Antibalas since the Debajo del Agua days.

And yo: I think we crushed it.  10 cats on stage.  I love that video above…  Each one of us in our own color, character, funk, thasswussup…

Yo, if you’re actually reading this for upcoming stuff…  here’s wussup:

Pink Hawks is playing the Denver 4/20 Festival.  It’s the same festival as Lil’ Wayne and Lil’ John…  Lil Wayne’s set ends at 6:15… precisely when we begin *ours…  so really: Lil Wayne is opening for Pink Hawks at 4/20 Festival this year…

Then some sick shit on May 5.  I fucking love 5inco de Mayo, by the way.  Triumph of the underdog!  The debt-collecting French navy got SPANKED by a poorly-equipped Mexican army.  Yeah, I’m cool with 5inco de Mayo…  And Pink Hawks is playing 5inco de Mayo at Larimer Lounge with Quilombo, and Mocochetes…  that shit is gonna be bonkers.  May 6th you can catch Roka Hueka, main stage at Civic Center Park…

And then!  Git this: May 13th Roka Hueka is sharing the stage with Al Capones and Dendrite from 1pm until 5pm or some shit…  we’re gonna work that shit out…  have a little orgy of ska musicians oozing in and out of bands, collaborating, etc…

And that’s all the shit that’s coming to mind right now…

Got a job, for now…  I’m wearing 3 hats for a Denver non-profit…  I’m a grant-writer, financial administrator, and human resources dept.  It’s pretty sweet…  and decided to stick around in Denver cuz Cici’s havin’ a lil’ baby… and I wanna see this kid!  I wanna see this kid!  I don’t think I’ve ever been more excited about a baby…

Here’s “Red Ties” from the Ophelia’s show cuz it’s been a while:

…and we’re about to hit the studio in a couple of weeks, fyi. Gonna record “Ties”, our follow-up album to “Red”.

Pink Hawks, Roka Hueka, Mocochetes!!!

Okay…

This one’s gonna be particular fire.

The membership of these three bands overlaps.  Horns overlap, guitars overlap, bass overlaps…  And that’s precisely what I love about it.  If feels like: yeah, we all have our own individual projects that we’re committed to but ultimately: we’re community…  we’re fam.  …and we’re all bad-ass musicians.

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All three bands fuse all types of stuff…  So you’ll hear dozens of different styles throughout the course of the night…  So to keep it simple and tidy:

Pink Hawks: afrobeat/funk
Roka Hueka: Latin ska
Mocochetes: Latin fusion

More bragging: all three bands were nominated for ‘Best Latin Act’ by the Westword.

More hype: all three bands will merge together like Voltron to drop a cumbia on everyone so get ready to rock your most comfortable dancing shoes that night!

There’s gonna be sweatin’…  and I love sweatin’…  I really do love sweatin’…

Here’s the Facebook event.  Try not to sweat on it, please, thanks!

See you there!

 

Roka Hueka with The Wailers!

YO!

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Been busy with other stuff lately (including the calendar)…  so haven’t been writing here as much.

The news is this…

Roka Hueka is opening for the world-famous Wailers again.  As in: Bob Marley & the Wailers, The Wailers.  Last time we opened for them I got to the venue just in time to catch the door closing on their dressing room…  Like: for their privacy.  Not ours, you know?  So, to break it down: without me on the inside.  I was on the outside.  I got to experience the sweet closing door.

AND THEN WE WENT ON STAGE AND CRUSHED IT!!!

But yeah…  Didn’t meet them.  Maybe this time…

And really: I got zero complaints.  We shared the stage with The Wailers!  And are about to do it again this Friday.  Thaswussup…

Here’s the FB Event.

Denver Bands on Spotify

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About a week ago I started putting together a Spotify play list with all the local Denver bands I could think of. …and now, with the help of some friends on Facebook, I’ve gathered over 600 songs (from numerous albums) and almost 40 hours worth of music including: metal, hip hop, rock, country, Latin, afrobeat, funk, ska, reggae, and other styles.

Click here for the play list

I think the best/funnest way to enjoy this is to open up the playlist and just hit “shuffle” until you find something you like.  …and when you find something you like, the cool thing is that you can catch many/most of these artists performing right here in Denver.

I know I’m missing so much from this list (including the glaringly obvious)…  So please help me out if you see something missing…  I’m [mostly] looking for Denver or Colorado bands that’re actively writing and performing…

So far the artists include:
2MX2
Alcapones
Allout Helter
Ark Life
ArteCura
Atomga
Babah Fly
Blue Rider
Breachers
Bricheros
Call of the Void
Cheap Perfume
Chella & The Charm
Cloud Catcher
Colfax Speed Queen
Dandu
Debajo del Agua
Dendrites
DJ Cavem Moetavation
Dreadnaught
Envy on the Coast
Ghost Tapes
Gumbo le Funque
Ill 7even
Irie Still
J. Carey
Jaden Carlson Band
Judge Roughneck
Kid Astronaut
Land Lines
Mawule
Mike Wird
Milk Blossoms
Molina Speaks
Mono Verde
Muscle Beach
P-Nuckle
Pink Hawks
Plastic Daggers
Rastasaurus
Raven and the Writing Desk
Reminders
Roka Hueka
Rowdy Shadehouse
Rubedo
Safe Boating is No Accident
Screwtape
Sorry Sweetheart
Wheelchair Sports Camp

I try to guide you to some good stuff, Denver… …late 2017 / early 2018.

Here’s part of what you should check out in 2018…

Vic and the Narwhals…  I’m a fan…  Roka played with them about six months ago and I saw them playing with Don Chicharron last weekend.  I dunno how these cats describe themselves but I’d say something along the lines of: Latin-fusion-psychedelic…  Whatever your description: these cats are fun…  They’re playing on January 18th at Lost Lakedsc09084.jpg

And then there’s Don Chicharron…  Another fav…  This cats drop the Peruvian Chicha on ya…  For those who aren’t familiar: chicha = psychedelic cumbia.  C’mon…  You already know that shit just sounds tight…  These cats played with Vic and the Narwhals at Hi-Dive…

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Also!  Saved by Aliens.  Yo, if you’re into bass/drum duo…  These cats.  If you’re reading this blog you may be familiar with my own music, style, abilities, etc…  …yeah, this cat made me wanna go home and practice.  …in an inspired way.  Good shit, yo…  Kid dominates the looper pedal.

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Also recently checked out Me Me Monster…  I had heard them from a distance while walking the Denver [Santa Fe] Art Walk last summer but by the time I got to the spot where they were performing they’d were calling it quits.  Still, I made a mental note to check them out and I wasn’t disappointed.   It’s a rock trio: bass, drums, guitar…  Charismatic drummer/singer..  These cats got tricks, yo…  Solid musicians, dress the part, and they take you away for a minute…  They funny…  The bassist wears a monkey mask and plays a sweet Fender Jaguar bass…

 

2018 Labor Calendars are here!!!

Wuddup sweet people!

I first wanted to give a huge, big, sincere ‘THANK YOU!!!‘ to those of you who have cheered me on throughout the creation of this calendar.  The final product has exceeded my expectations and I can’t wait to see it on peoples’ walls.

Below is the cover page and two of the images included in the wall calendar.

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The calendar contains insightful and inspirational labor quotes by Rosa Luxemburg, Eugene Debs, Vladamir Lenin, and Karl Marx.  All the images started as simple and pretty pictures of flowers until I applied hours of experimentation and the channeled the exhilaration of the Russian Revolution.

Again, I’m really excited about the final product…  and if you’re someone who follows what I do, please note: this calendar is both the completion and start of something new.  All that experimentation planted numerous seeds in my head.  I learned a lot.  The ‘complicated’ became simple.  And I’m antsy for 2018.

Note: if you live in Denver and want to make pick up arrangements, that’s totally doable.  Send me a text (720.207.8313) or an email (ric@ricurrutiaphotography.com) and we’ll make that happen,