Feature in Know Huntsville

Feature in Know Huntsville

Many thanks to Stephanie Schrenk for the great feature in Know Huntsville about ROXY ROCA and our show at Humphrey’s on Thursday, March 12. Here’s what she had to say:

The people of Huntsville need to brace themselves come Thursday, because a force of spirit-shaking music is about to roll into town. That force is Austin based soul band Roxy Roca, and they are on a divine mission to awaken the funk in all of us.

Recently signed to Houston label Stag Records, this seven-piece powerhouse is touring the Southeast to promote the release of their new album, Ain’t Nothin’ Fancy. What can you expect from a Roxy Roca show? Lots of hip-shakin’, earth quakin’, soul revival music, led by Alabama native and lead singer Taye Cannon. Backing up Taye’s fiery sermons are a fine assortment of bass, guitar, drums, and a classy brass section.

Roxy Roca is bringing their dynamite swagger to the Humphrey’s patio this Thursday at 7pm.

Read the full article here: Soul Band Roxy Roca Comes to Huntsville.

Get all the most up-to-date show info here: SHOWS.

ROXY ROCA in The Horn’s list of top Austin acts to catch at SXSW 2015

ROXY ROCA in The Horn’s list of top Austin acts to catch at SXSW 2015

Many thanks to Neil Ferguson from The Horn for including ROXY ROCA in his list of “20 Austin Acts to Catch at SXSW 2015.” Here’s what he had to say:

Besides putting on a live show that’s fun as hell, this local soul group seems to have a real dedication to the craft and the godfathers of the genre. Plenty of neo-soul groups try to find a vocalist with the smoothest croon around, but not Roxy Roca. Frontman Taye Cannon’s voice is smoky and rough, like he’s spent one too many nights chasing the ladies and knocking back whiskey in dark, dingy nightclubs. Between that and his clear dedication to working an audience like he’s preaching for his life in a sweaty Southern revivalist gathering, Cannon and his incredibly tight band make Roxy Roca the real deal.

Read the full article here: 20 Austin Acts to Catch at SXSW 2015.

ROXY ROCA on the Freebirds Stage at St. Vinny’s SXSW 2015 Thu 3/19

ROXY ROCA on the Freebirds Stage at St. Vinny’s SXSW 2015 Thu 3/19

One of the highlights of SXSW for us last year was playing the Freebirds Stage at St. Vinny’s so we didn’t have to think twice about saying yes when they asked us to perform at this year’s four-day event held in the parking lot of the St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store on South Congress. Check out this line-up for Day 2 on Thursday, March 19: Noon-12:30 – Jake LaBotz, 12:45-1:15 – Paul Renna, 1:30-2:00 – The Memphis Dawls, 2:15-2:45 – Shurman, 3:00-3:30 – Ian Moore, 3:45-4:15 – Kevn Kinney & Friends (from Drivin’ N Cryin’), 4:30-5:00 – Jonathan Tyler, 5:15-5:45 -The Mastersons, 6:00-6:30 – American Aquarium, 6:45-close – ROXY ROCA. FREE SHOW — NO WRISTBAND REQUIRED. Spread the word: RSVP on Facebook.

Get all the most up-to-date show info here: SHOWS.

Coverage of “Ain’t Nothin’ Fancy” Album Release Party in Austin Fusion Magazine

Coverage of “Ain’t Nothin’ Fancy” Album Release Party in Austin Fusion Magazine

Many thanks to Zack Garhart from Austin Fusion Magazine for the great write-up about our album release party at C-Boy’s in Austin. Here’s what he had to say:

C Boy’s Heart & Soul hosted one of our local favorites, Roxy Roca on Feb. 25, 2015. This congregation of keen musicianship put the party in their anticipated Stag Records album release party for “Ain’t Nothin’ Fancy” with a memorable show. Equipped with seven different instruments; both an alto and tenor saxophone, a trombone, drums, bass, guitar and vocals, Roxy Roca blends funk and soul into a timeless sound that is telling of their Austin roots.

The bash kicked off with each player being highlighted and introduced via their instruments to a very enthusiastic crowd. Frontman Taye Cannon has a swagger and command of the audience that is mesmerizing. Guitar player, Errol Siegel, provides the anchor for the group’s super groove. The evening began with a recap of what has become the Roxy Roca standards and after a brief intermission the group rejoined the stage to play their new release from start to end. Beginning with one of their more well-known songs, Ain’t Nothin’ Fancy (It’s Love), which blurs smooth jazz with a more rocky, soulful sound. Articulating the nature of attraction and perils of heart break, the song is complex and served as a solid intro to what would be a collection of well-orchestrated, original sounds.

It also helps that Taye Cannon, lead vocalist, commands the microphone with a charisma and confidence that permeates through the group. Even so, the entire band was guilty of getting down at various moments on stage and consequently that energy wore off on those in attendance. For a seemingly mellow and relaxed crowd, composed of both fans and new faces, Roxy Roca provided contagiously vibrant rhythms strong enough to inspire miniature dance groups on the floor. Even those who came alone ultimately succumbed to the sway of the crowd.

In the song “Try My Love,” Roxy Roca pulled that energy together with swanky grooves and heavy horns to provide a sound reminiscent of something from the late James Brown. While Cannon had ample time to showcase his talents, the set list also gave horn players Thomas Hays, Houston Rawls, and Peter Phoenix a chance to break through on wicked solos, respectively.

Toward the end, Roxy Roca did mellow out with a track called “When The Lights Go Down” which is found on their new album. A little softer, the song has inflections of the blues to emphasize lyrics like: “I can set you free. It’ll just be you and me, when the lights go down.” With showings of a classic love tune, the song shows a nice versatility for an otherwise upbeat and energetic group.

With the intentions of a release party fulfilled, Roxy Roca also made fans out of new comers and put forth a strong showing of what is in store for the future.

Read the full article here: Coverage of “Ain’t Nothin’ Fancy” Album Release Party in Austin Fusion Magazine.

“Ain’t Nothin’ Fancy” Album Review in Sonic Soul from Germany

“Ain’t Nothin’ Fancy” Album Review in Sonic Soul from Germany

We were very excited to start seeing some international press for our new album, “Ain’t Nothin’ Fancy.” Check out this great review in Sonic Soul from Germany: ROXY ROCA “Ain’t Nothing Fancy” in Sonic Soul.