Most dances you go to these days are fronted by a single DJ, spinning pre-recorded tracks from a computer. Sometimes it seems the days of big bands playing their hearts out in sweaty dance halls are over. But Austin-based funk band Roxy Roca persistently strives to prove this statement wrong. Playing hundreds of live shows every year, Roxy Roca is a seasoned veteran band of the Texas music scene who consistently delivers explosive performances of their infectious, danceable music, and they’re coming to the Grand Stafford Theater in Downtown Bryan on Friday, June 28.
Roxy Roca is led by frontman Taye Cannon, who was raised in the South on a steady diet of his father’s favorite Motown records. That influence oozes through on songs like “Don’t Call Me (Maybe I’ll Call You)” — a memorable number from their 2015 album “Ain’t Nothin’ Fancy” — which grooves along with a funky rhythm while incorporating elements of rock n’ roll and R&B. Cannon’s soulful voice howls over the rest of the band, ringing with all the baritone might of a fire and brimstone preacher, which is a true highlight of not only this song but, really, all of Roxy Roca’s tracks.
They call their genre of music Dynamite Texas Soul, a name which perfectly describes the mix of elements that comprise their sound: a funky rhythm section, a roaring rock n’ roll guitar, and brazen saxophone solos. Cannon’s voice croons over all of it, powerfully singing lyrics of love and social consciousness.
The Grand Stafford Theater, a staple B/CS venue for great live music, is committed to providing professional, memorable productions for their audiences, so you know this one will be no different! Tickets for Roxy Roca’s show are $12.00 in advance, $15 at the door, and the doors open at 7:00 p.m., so be sure to stop by to dance your heart out to some good, old fashioned music!
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