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.
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!
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.
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:
Call of the Void
Chella & The Charm
Colfax Speed Queen
Debajo del Agua
DJ Cavem Moetavation
Envy on the Coast
Gumbo le Funque
Jaden Carlson Band
Raven and the Writing Desk
Safe Boating is No Accident
Wheelchair Sports Camp
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 Lake…
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…
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.
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…
Hands down: one of the finest treasures in my life.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) and we’ll make that happen,
I’ve been meaning to post this for a while…
Here’s a sweet, sweet video for our sweet, sweet show at Levitt Pavillion in Denver. No big deal… Just another night of crushing it with some funky Latin ska.
Cool, man… Looks like I’m actually gonna hit my deadline for once…
Here’s a sneak pic of one of the images from my 2018 calendar.
…haven’t put the labor quotes in yet but that’s what’s happening today and tomorrow.
We got fancy tonight! Used all my big words and played good!
Yep… Played at the Newman Center for Performing Arts at University of Denver.
The event was so exclusive and fine that we only played one song.
And at the end of our song, I turned and complimented my band mates with ‘good one-song tonight, man!’ Hell yeah… …another page, in a chapter, in a book, in an encyclopedia collection from the 80s, that includes an entry on The Fly and Jeff Goldblum, personally.
Sorry Sweetheart at The Marquis, downtown Denver
Yo, two of Denver’s baddest ska bands in one spot…
Dendrites just released a new album and it’s fucking fire…
Get your ass out on the town and check ’em both out!!!
Click right here right here for the FB invite… It’s this Friday.
But for realz: that new Dendrites album!