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.

Roka at Levitt Pavillion

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.

This weekend: Roka Hueka and Debajo del Agua at Ophelia’s!!!!

…and, yo (not to brag, *but….)

Roka and Debajo are the first and second bands listed in the Westword’s top-12 list of world-music acts to catch in Colorado this summer!!!

I ain’t lying…  You can click for that article here

Debajo del Agua/Artecura, Roka Hueka, and YukaSoul: Sat. Jan 7th, Ophelia’s.

Denver doodles,

Come to this show. The place is gonna be packed.

The January 7th, 2017 Musical Menu

Last time we played with YucaSoul he took us to every continent on the planet on some dope, danceable beats. He’s gonna open up the night. This man leads a double life in that he’s also Debajo’s bad ass percussionist. …an O.G. of the band.

Up next: Roka Hueka. Latin ska. Roka crushes it every time. Feels like we have a new song every month so if you haven’t seen us in a while it’ll be worth the journey. We take any/every rhythm we can think of and glue it together with a backbone of ska. A heavy Latin influence, high-energy, danceable, songs for love & struggle.

Finally: the OG’s of the night.

Debajo del Agua will set the place ablaze with a 20-song set.  I take a deep breath and gulp of saliva whenever I’m handed the Debajo del Agua set list.  That shit includes directions like: Saca–> into Aguas–>into ska–>into Cumbia–>into Luz–>into Sube Sube–>into Arabeton–>into Encapuchados, etc…

If I reflect on the fact that we only play together once every six months, then I’m all like: ‘How the hell do we make that shit happen every time?!’  But then if I reflect on the fact that we’ve known each other and played together for 10 years then I’m like: ‘OF COURSE we can do shit like that!’  In case you’ve never heard us: Debajo (aka ArteCura) takes all different types of rhythms (mostly Latin) and mixes it with socially-conscious hip hop in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.  We’ve been packing Denver joints since 2006.

The show is at Ophelia’s.  Do yourself a favor: order an Airedale.

Here’s the link for tickets.

See you there sweet people!
In love and solidarity,
me.

The Slackers at the Bluebird in Denver

I was just on a stroll through memory lane and came across this pic…DSC02343.jpg
This is from when Roka Hueka opened at the Bluebird…  Slackers were doing soundcheck and I snapped this pic…

 

Roka Hueka at ‘The Human Canvass’ party October 1st 2016

Yo,

We were really happy to play ‘The Human Canvass’ event at Copper Leaf Gardens & Events Center in Broomfield, CO this weekend…

Here’s some pics…

Roka Hueka on the roof top of the Denver Museum of Contemporary Art

Yo, this show was the shiznazzle razzle…

We played on the roof of the MCA in downtown Denver.

This song is called “Huellas” (‘fingerprints’). I think the original version was a cumbia and we gave it the Roka flavor. It’s basically a song that asks that your ex not leave a fingerprint behind so you can really accept that you lost that person.

I mean: I feel that.

Roka at RETIFest 2.0!!!

YO!

Roka Hueka is playing RETIFest again.

What is RETIFest?

RETI = Rock En Tu Idioma

What is Rock En Tu Idioma?

Rock En Tu Idioma = Rock In Your Language

Where?  At the Mile High Flea Market.  Hell yeah.  You can buy everything there: a confederate flag, a lucha libre mask, a belt buckle with a scorpion on it, a paper weight shaped like a deer, VHS tapes, typewriters, and other awesome shit..
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When?

This Sunday, Sunday, Sunday!!!

Nattali Rize at the Aggie Theater


Yo! Roka Hueka opened up for Gondwana and Nattali Rize at the Aggie Theater a couple of weeks ago… Here’s Nattali Rize as captured from our lofty perch dubbed the ‘green room’ (it’s really a just a gross, crickety balcony…)…

Met a bunch of new friends that night! Fort Collins gave us a sweet little greeting! Hope to be back soon!