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, 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!

 

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

University of Denver / National Public Radio

We got fancy tonight!  Used all my big words and played good!24058888_10159837084740436_2638552911343315760_n

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.

Dendrites and Sorry Sweetheart this Friday…

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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!

In a world full of triceratops…

Yo, this recording is bad ass.

(Sorry, I got no fancy embedding of it… Just the cold, cold link)

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(…and hence the sweet pics below to compensate.)

 

The radio show is from KGNU in Boulder, CO (Oct. 2017). …we didn’t put any pressure on it, didn’t overthink it and therefore: CRUSHED IT.

A performance I’m still proud of…

And if I may speak truth to reality… The essence of this performance is that we *all* roll in like a bunch of Triceratops crashing a fancy ballroom party….

And then, precisely at 2 minutes and 30 seconds: 1 Tyrannosaurus Rex shows up… saxophone in hand. …and T-Rex crushes it.

That’s all for tonight…

Red Baraat

These cats played right before Debajo del Agua and crushed it at Festival International, 2017…

This is from April… Been a fan ever since…

Roka with the Wailers!

Yo…

Roka Hueka opens up for the Wailers, January 19, 2018.  Happens at the Gothic Theater in Englewood…  Click here for tickets

Here’s a snippet of how that went down last year…

11/11/17 Scorpio throw-down

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I’m still vibing from what happened this weekend.

A beautiful/intense celebration of Scorpio birthdays with some of our closest friends…

Which (of course) includes a bunch of bad-ass musicians.

And I mean: *bad-ass* musicians.

Many of which brought their instruments and threw down in an unleashed, uninhibited, soul-liberating, fire-breathing jam session. Fire; as if life was traumatizing us on the daily and we needed to unleash our demons and heal our souls in one single breath/night.

Members of Dendrites, Roka Hueka, Pink Hawks, Mocochetes, all just THROWING THE FUCK DOWN with whatever the fuck came together. Testing and experimenting all the theories, muscle memories, speeds, rhythms, melodies, jingles, and styles that came to mind… No apologies for anything… There were no “wrong notes”.

It’s no exaggeration to say that I’ve never thrown down quite like that before. It’s as if life was added to me. Life that’ll endure past the current space suit I’m wearing and serve as my fuel and soundtrack for space travel…

…that’s how I’m seeing all this.  Music provides the sounds and spirits that’ll accompany us after all this.

…and this weekend was fire.