“I think Roxy Roca is a Hot Band and the public and the music industry need to watch. These guys are on the rise!!!”
“A very nice mix of old and new. These guys are on the right track in keeping music real and alive. Soulful and entertaining.”
—Larry Braggs (vocalist, Tower of Power)
"I had the opportunity to catch and work with one of the best bands out here today, the name is Roxy Roca. They are super hot! If you see this band you will be hooked forever! "
—Grammy Winning Blues Legend Bobby Rush
“My favorites!! An explosive soul-n-roll, take-no-prisoners dance-off. This is the deal. The REAL deal. Mitch Ryder meets The MGs in the back alley of The Continental Club. It’s a high energy Detroit Texas rumble goin’ on!!”
—Kevn Kinney (vocalist, Drivin N Cryin)
Support Act For:
- B. B. King
- Tom Jones
- Delbert McClinton
- Lee Fields
- Mayer Hawthorne
- Trombone Shorty
- Fitz and the Tantrums
- The Roots
- Bobby Rush
- Blues Traveler
- Vintage Trouble
- Ivan Neville & Dumpstaphunk
ROXY ROCA'S mission is to spread a message of love, hope and equality, and to do so while having fun.
With a powerful voice telling of years performing on the road, the band is led by frontman Taye Cannon. Cannon was raised in the Deep South between Alabama and Mississippi on a steady diet of Stax, Motown, and Chess Records, and it was this music along with the social climate during his formative years that influenced Cannon’s musical spirit. After witnessing Marvin Gaye perform on the Motown 25 special, he knew he had to pursue a career in music.
ROXY ROCA'S most recent album, A Better Way, draws influence from the hard-funk of the 70’s including inspiration from classics like Baby Huey’s “Hard Times” and James Brown on his seminal album The Payback while creating its own unique sound. The music oozes with funk and R&B while adding in elements of rock n' roll.
The band sonically flexes its muscle on saxophone and trombone, complimented by tasty guitar licks and deep pocket grooves. The music serves as a vehicle for Cannon’s lyrics that touch on a range of topics which include the struggles of love in its many forms as well as social consciousness. In contrast, on a couple of songs the lyrics reflect the lighter side of life because it’s far too short to not have a sense of humor.
The band’s true strength is its live show, and if you’ve ever attended one of their concerts then you know ROXY ROCA lives by the creed that “Happiness is a Choice”. With no plans of slowing down, the band continues to tour and write new music as they continue to spread love and hope through music one show at a time.