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”.

2018 Labor Calendar: Flowers & their Workers (sneak preview)

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.

Stay tuned!

Bees Tease

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.

That Moon Hooch though…

These cats are fucking bad ass.

Fire…

They’re fire…  Especially at 2:58…  Shit is just UNLEASHED.

FUCKING INSPIRING IN A TIME OF SHIT TIMES!!!

We need more music like this…  A lot more music like this…  More fire like this…  Doesn’t matter what *style, nation of origin, or instruments…  Just FIRE to keep us going through these times of daily psychological trauma and torment.

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)

http://aa.kgnu.net/audioarchives/Kabaret/2017/Kabaret_2017-10-17.mp3?x-kgnu=after-fm-download

(…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…

Just walk in like you *own the place.

Maria and I Fancy at the Broadmoor

My sweet cousin Maria and I…  At the Broadmoor in Colorado Springs.  I’m generally consistent in my behavior…  Even when sitting near a mini-sculptured elephant. Which, btw: hell yeah.

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.

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

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.