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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”.

All shows for June / July 2017

YO!

Tons of shows and stuff happening this summer…

I figured it’d be helpful to put out a little list of which band I’m playing with, where, when, why it’ll be a dope show, how it will make your face melt, etc…

Sunday, June 18: Roka Hueka will be performing in Colorado Springs for the first time in the history of Roka Hueka.  Never been done, never before attempted, this is reminiscent of the first space launch, we will arrive in Colorado Springs with nothing other than our abilities to melt faces and make booties shake.  First time.  Colorado Springs.  First time.  Location: Triple Nickel Tavern.  Click here for more details.

Saturday, June 24: I will be playing the Westword Music Showcase twice…  Once with Roka Hueka and then again with Roots, Rice & Beans (billed as Molina Speaks).  Click on the link above to see the schedule/location…

Sunday, June 25: I will be playing the Latinx Festival in Longmont with Roka Hueka.

Friday, July 7: You don’t wanna miss this show, you don’t wanna miss this show, you don’t wanna miss this show.  Roka Hueka at Ophelia’s with Al Capones and Roots, Rice & Beans!!!  Roka will be releasing its first video!  And lemme tell ya…  allow me to testify, even: So.  Much.  Fun.  To.  Do.  That.  Video.

You need to come out and skank your ass off to the funky ska rhythms of Roka and Al Capones…   also vibe with the funky-weird-freaky rhythms of Roots, Rice & Beanzzzzzzz….

Saturday, July 8: Pachamerica Festival 2 brought to you by Debajo del Agua.

This is where shit gets real.  This is where shit gets real real.  The OG’s of the bunch…

Debajo del Agua!!!

Check out this lineup: Debajo del Agua, Bang Data, 2MX2, and Yuca SoulDebajo del Agua will be releasing an album that night…  it’s the first album in like 1,372 years…  that shit is tight, yo…  I’m excited about this release…

What can you expect that night?  Really: everything that’s awesome about going to a bad-ass local show in the middle of a Colorado summer: dancing, sweating, good vibes, beautiful people, bad-ass drinks…  and as far as these bands, you can expect to hear the following: cumbia, hip hop, righteous lyrics, samba, salsa, ska, reggae, jazz, funk, son, Andean styles, reggeton, drum n’ bass, afrobeat, bossa nova, etc…  all performed as one big ol’ cosmic slop throughout the course of the night.

One.  Big.  Dirty.  Cosmic.  Slop.  …just for you.

Friday, July 14: Pink Hawks will be jamming out on the roof of the Museum of Contemporary Art!  Yo, this show is gonna be so dope!  I did this last year with Roka Hueka and it was awesome…  we’re on the rooftop, overlooking the city, open air, tight-ass band, bar up top (I recommend Bulliet bourbon for the occasion), check out some art…  you really can’t go wrong 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.

Debajo del Agua, ArteCura, Yucasoul at Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox

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We came…
We saw…
We PACKED the place…

Close to 400 people in attendance!  We lit that shit up!

Debajo del Agua at Ophelia’s Saturday, June 18, 2016…

Next stop: the recording studio with ArteCura!!!

Inside Scoopers on Roka’s 1st album, ‘Red’

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YO!

The inside scoop…

(cuz you know a guy)

On May 28th, Roka Hueka is releasing its first album.

It’s called ‘Red’.

I remember the weeks prior to recording I was *hoping(!!!) we would walk away with 3, maybe 5, album-worthy songs.

But we got into our recording space, did 2 takes per song, and walked away with 8 bad ass songs for our first album.

[…and one thing that was really important to me: we captured the energy of our shows by recording *live takes in the studio.]

Songs about love.
Songs about struggle.
Songs for Ferguson and Ayotzinapa.

This album is one of my proudest achievements.

This is the our first listen after a little while of recording…

Sat. May 28th, 2016!!! Save the Date!!!

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Here’s what you can count on on May 28th:

Our first official CD release as a band!!!  A PARTY!!!!!!   The album is titled ‘Red’!

‘RED’!!!   : )

Three bad ass acts!  ArteCura bringing the Latin styles and Andean sounds, Quilombo bringing the cumbia, reggae, ska…  and of course: Roka Hueka bringin’ you that funky ass, sweaty ass, sexy ass, Latin ska you love to love.

See.  You.  There.  Grizzly.  Bear.