Reviews

Spotlight: iLevel 360 Attended the Live Performance of Roxy Roca “Soul Personified”

Many thanks to Emily Stanfield from iLevel 360 for the great review of our show last weekend at Lowe Mill in Huntsville, AL as part of the annual Concerts on the Dock summer music series. Here’s a little bit of what she had to say:

iLevel 360 had the opportunity to attend the live performance of Roxy Roca.  The concert was amazing!  It was as if someone told him to sing like his life depended on it! That is how I would describe the soulful performance Roxy Roca front man Taye Cannon gave last night. The “house” at Lowes Mill was packed with locals, family and friends who are officially in love with the band.

Read the full review including photos and video here: Spotlight: iLevel 360 Attended the Live Performance of Roxy Roca “Soul Personified”.

Review of Continental Club show on We Listen Hear

Review of Continental Club show on We Listen Hear

Many thanks to Luke Murphree for the review of last week’s SOLD OUT show at The Continental Club with ROXY ROCA and The Happen-Ins on music blog We Listen Hear. Here’s what he had to say:

By the time the nine-member soul powerhouse known as Roxy Roca took the stage, the venue was packed. From the get go, one thing was obvious. The night would be sweaty and full of soul.

Roxy Roca opened with “Try My Love” an up-tempo, funky, crowd favorite that causes a ruckus. The heavy horns signaled that it was time to wake up and dance. Add to that Taye Cannon’s bustling stage presence and a lifeless crowd becomes a thing of the past. For their second number, the band played “Can You Handle It” and I wasn’t sure if the crowd could. Their music inspired shimmying and boogieing that looked a little dangerous for some of the fans, but when you’re there for a soul revolution who cares about a few sore muscles. Roxy Roca carried that intensity through the entire hour and a half show and the crowd never took a breather.

Experiencing Roxy Roca live offers a redemptive factor beyond hearing good music. Taye Cannon preaches to the crowd like any good reverend concerned with the souls of his congregation who wants to return those lost sheep to the flock. Roxy Roca preaches a gospel of love, happiness, and freedom. See them live and you’ll understand. The message doesn’t only show up in lyrics, but also in Taye’s occasional dialogue and even after the performance as the band enjoys fellowship with their fans.

Read the full article including some great photos here: Show Review: Roxy Roca, The Happen-Ins at The Continental Club (Austin).

Review of Super Soul Party 2 in We Listen Hear

Review of Super Soul Party 2 in We Listen Hear

Many thanks to Luke Murphree for the glowing review of last week’s Red River Noise Presents: Super Soul Party 2 at Spider House Ballroom with Latasha Lee & the Black Ties, ROXY ROCA, The Shears, and KP and the Boom Boom. Here’s a taste:

If James Brown were white and from Alabama, he would be Taye Cannon. Midway through the set Cannon told the crowd “Life is about recreation not animation. Find your dream and make it happen.” Cannon wasn’t just singing the good gospel. He was preaching. As he slid across the stage shaking and jiving, you can’t help but observe he has found his dream and he’s sharing it with the audience.

Read the full review of the show here: Live Review: Super Soul Party Vol. 2 at the Spiderhouse Ballroom (Austin).

While you’re at it, check out these great photos from the show: Photos from Super Soul Party 2 at Spider House Ballroom.

ROXY ROCA Featured in Full Scene Ahead

ROXY ROCA Featured in Full Scene Ahead

DAve Crespo from Full Scene Ahead headed to Austin last weekend to see what the Bat City was all about on a regular ‘ol weekend (meaning NOT SXSW time). He chose wisely (in my humble opinion) and focused his energy on getting right on over to The Blackheart to get down with ROXY ROCA. In his words

While I am curious about the unusual look of the dark Rainey Street, I am focused on finding the Black Heart. I’d done my homework and found out that Roxy Roca was playing there on this night.

Through the garden fenced entrance, the Black Heart feels like I’m walking into a party in a frat house. There’s an inside stage, but I can hear the party out back. Literally the stage in the back felt like the scene in Old School when Snoop Dog plays at the Luke Olsen’s frat house. It was killer, and so was the band. Roxy Roca is the Jenny D & The Deelinquints of Austin, but with a male front man. Their horn section is tighter than any I have seen and their guitar player sure knows how important not playing is… and his tone. Damn!

So, I am bouncing my feet to this band and thinking of how James Brown would give this set at least a B+… JB was hard on musicians. I take a sip of my $3 Lone Star and look around. There are about 250 bar-goers watching this set at 10 PM at night.

Read the full article, including photos and video: DAve is Weirder Than Austin Part 1 of 4: Austin, Texas sans SXSW

Check out this awesome gallery of photos from that night, courtesy of Milton OttoPhotos from The Blackheart

 

ROXY ROCA BayFest Coverage on AL.com

ROXY ROCA BayFest Coverage on AL.com

Playing to tens of thousands of music fans on the main stage at Alabama BayFest yesterday on a line-up that included Anthony HamiltonTamia, and Tucka was an amazing experience we will not soon forget. Many thanks to AL.com for a great article reviewing our set. Check it out:

BayFest: saved by the ‘Soul Evangelist’

Tamara Ikenberg | tikenberg@al.comBy Tamara Ikenberg
on October 04, 2013 at 8:11 PM, updated October 05, 2013 at 12:10 AM
Hello ladies

Hello ladies: Yolanda Chatman, Valerie Buxton and Donna Everett rock to Roxy Roca. (Tamara Ikenberg/tikenberg@al.com)

MOBILE, Alabama –   “Life just keeps on keepin’ on and we gotta keep on keepin’ on with it,” Taye Cannon, a self-proclaimed “Soul Evangelist” and front man of retro-soul band Roxy Roca, preached from  BayFest‘s Miller Lite/Wind Creek Casino Stage. “Happiness is a choice…the only thing we can expect is the unexpected.”

It was a meaningful message on a spiritual as well as a meteorological level at a BayFest threatened by dangerous weather conditions.

And the crowd grooving to Roxy Roca, the first act to play on the Miller Lite/Wind Creek Stage, were digging Cannon’s funky fervor.

Under bright orange lights, Roxy Roca delivered a high-voltage dose of authentic soul with a splash of revival spirit to the festival’s opening night.

Yolanda Chatman, from Jackson, AL. her sister Valerie Buxton, from Biloxi, Miss., and their buddy Donna Everett from Bay St. Louis. Miss., waved their arms in the air and got down to the infectious beats.

“I love him,” Chatman said as she danced. “He came to give a message and I love him. That’s a good way to open up the show.”

Buxton was similarly smitten with Cannon’s powerful words and music.

“I love his positive message and his beats are off the chain,” she said.

Chatman and her gal pals said they weren’t worried at all about stormy weather. They had nothing but great expectations for their girls’ weekend in Mobile.

“We don’t get out much,” Chatman said, “but when we get out, we get out hard.”

See the original article here: BayFest: saved by the ‘Soul Evangelist’.

The Vinyl District

The Vinyl District

Check out this cool feature on ROXY ROCA from The Vinyl District. See the original article here: Roxy Roca…The New Kid on the Block.

Roxy Roca…The New Kid on the Block

By Buckley Wineholt | September 1, 2011

I have been seeing the name Roxy Roca popping up a lot lately so I decided to head down to Threadgill’s last weekend to see who this Roxy Roca is. It turns out Roxy Roca is not a who, but a what—and the “what” is a nine-piece powerhouse of southern soul. Fronted by green-eyed soul shouter Taye Cannon and backed up by a crack team of veteran players, this band is the real deal.

Roxy Roca delivered a tight, gapless set showcasing their obvious affinity for late ’60s southern soul like Al Green and Joe Tex mashed up with a slightly more modern pop sensibility, as heard in their Internet-only single, “Ain’t Nothin’ Fancy (It’s Love).”

As the band led the crowd of sweaty dancers (it was about 100 degrees outside, after all) with their driving rhythms and pounding horns, they displayed impressive swagger and confidence for a band that played their first show well under a year ago. It is evident why the name Roxy Roca is popping up all over the place—and I suspect you’ll be seeing it a lot more before you know it

Speaking of “popping up all over the place,” Roxy Roca is playing tonight at the legendary Continental Club and tomorrow (Fri. 9/2) at upstart east-side club The Scoot Inn.