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Lee Fields + ROXY ROCA at The Parish Thu 9/25

Lee Fields + ROXY ROCA at The Parish Thu 9/25

ROXY ROCA is thrilled to be opening for Lee Fields & The Expressions at The Parish in Austin, TX on Thursday, September 25! Doors open at 8pm, show starts at 9pm. ALL-AGES SHOW! Tickets on sale now: Buy Tickets at FrontgateTickets.com. Spread the word: RSVP on Facebook and Click ‘Add to My512′ on do512.

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ROXY ROCA at Empire in Austin Tue 9/9 for an All-Star Night of Funk with Fred Wesley, Will Calhoun, Norwood Fischer, Blackbird McKnight, J-Ro Robinson, and Chuck Boogie

ROXY ROCA at Empire in Austin Tue 9/9 for an All-Star Night of Funk with Fred Wesley, Will Calhoun, Norwood Fischer, Blackbird McKnight, J-Ro Robinson, and Chuck Boogie

Get ready for an all-star night of funk at Empire on Tuesday, September 9 with Norwood’s Telepathic Funk and The Terpsichorean Nutt Generators featuring Fred Wesley. It’s a long name, but they’ve earned it. Check out the all the talent squeezed into one band: Norwood Fischer (Fishbone), Will Calhoun (Living Color), Blackbird McKnight (formerly P-Funk All-Stars), J-Ro Robinson (The Alkaholiks), Chuck Boogie (The Breakestra), and featuring special guest Fred Wesley (James BrownParliament-Funkadelic). Henry + The Invisibles gets the night started at 9pm followed by ROXY ROCA at 10pm and NTFATTNG (you didn’t think I was gonna write all that out again, did you?) at 11pm. $10 general admission, 21+ only Tickets are on sale now: Buy tickets at FrontGate Tickets. Spread the word: RSVP on Facebook and Click ‘Add to My512′ on do512.

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ROXY ROCA with Tom Jones at The Granada Theater in Dallas Sat 5/3

ROXY ROCA with Tom Jones at The Granada Theater in Dallas Sat 5/3

We are thrilled to be warming up the stage for the one-and-only Tom Jones at The Granada Theater in Dallas on Saturday, May 3! Doors open at 8pm, ROXY ROCA hits the stage at 9pm, followed by Tom Jones at 10pm. Tickets are $75, and will almost certainly sell out, so get yours now: Buy Tickets Now. Spread the word: RSVP on Facebook.

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Where It All Started

Most of us have experienced a defining moment when it comes to music. Maybe it was the first time you heard James Brown or Otis Redding. It’s different for everybody, but we all know that moment when we first heard the music that changed everything for us.

Taye Cannon took a few minutes to sit down and talk about his defining musical moment: the sound that started him down the path to becoming a soul singer. Growing up in Alabama, Taye spent a lot of time listening to his dad’s record collection. One track in particular got his attention: Fats Domino‘s “I’m Gonna Be a Wheel Some Day.” The rest, as they say, is history. Tell ‘em about it, Taye.

Knuckle Rumbler Presents Mayer Hawthorne w/ ROXY ROCA

Knuckle Rumbler Presents Mayer Hawthorne w/ ROXY ROCA

Mark your calendars for Sat. September 8, 2012 — in fact, go buy your tickets now because there is just no way anybody has got anything better to do that night than to be gettin’ down at The Beauty Ballroom. Knuckle Rumbler is throwing a soul party starting at 9pm with ROXY ROCA followed by KP and The Boom Boom and a DJ set by Mayer Hawthorne. Buy tickets now, RSVP on Facebook, and click ‘I Like It’ on do512.

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Why ROXY ROCA?

Why ROXY ROCA?

People always want to know how we came up with the name “ROXY ROCA.” I’ll let Taye break it down for you:

I grew up in the deep south. Alabama, Tennessee, and Mississippi were all places I called home before Austin. Growing up like any kids in the 80s I enjoyed the amazing sitcoms that spilled over from the groovy 70s. One of my particular favorites was The Jeffersons. I just loved everything about it, and I can still bust out the George Jefferson strut! I remember talking about the show to some of my friends in grade school and not understanding why they were not allowed to watch it. They were not allowed to watch “black” shows. Even at a young age I remember a definitive feeling of uneasy confusion. The most memorable character on the show for me was Helen Willis. I remember thinking she was such a classy lady and thought it was so cool that she was married to one of the only white guys on the show. I always thought it was so admirable how The Willises just let all the name calling and ridicule roll off their backs. They saw no color; they saw each other for who they were, and that was that. I later found out that the character was loosely based on the actress’s real life marriage and experiences. That actress was Roxie Roker. I am very proud that my parents raised me in a household where racism was not tolerated, in a part of the country where color lines run deep. It is just something I have always been passionate about. That’s right– my first lesson in civil rights came through the television and Roxie Roker led the revolution.