Bodega Roja

Bodega Roja

September 24, 2009

At the crossroads of a euphoric jam scene and technical math-fusion, “improg” rockers Bodega Roja flirt with an unlikely collision of genres. The Atlanta sextet draws from their members’ vastly varied résumés in classic rock, jazz-funk, acoustic pop, metal, and electronic to offer a cohesive style uniquely Bodega.

With a furious fusion of influences like Umphrey’s McGee meets The Mars Volta, Bodega’s “front man” is the band itself, climbing from lush ambience to shredding in seconds and capturing crowds through mixed meters, psychedelic effects, sound design, and confident dynamic range.

Performing regularly at The Five Spot (Atlanta) and New Earth Music Hall (Athens), Bodega Roja has performed alongside Moon Taxi, The Heavy Pets, Pigs on the Wing (with Murph from STS9), Consider the Source, and Free Moral Agents. In 2010, Bodega hit the Georgia festival circuit as part of the Outlaws Outdoors, New Earth Day, AthFest, NoPhest and Summer Shade Festivals. That same summer, the band’s Northeast tour was highlighted by an appearance at the Bella Terra Festival in New York, headlined by Soulive and Lee “Scratch” Perry.

Bodega Roja – c: the Speed of Light by bodegaroja

Personal Contributions

Aside from the more noticeable African and Latin-derived percussion, I offered a wide range of textural layering of the ongoing soundscapes, utilizing a variety of found instruments from across the globe.

Instruments List:

  • Djembe (handcrafted in Accra, Ghana)
  • Congas (LP Aspire)
  • Tambourine (LP)
  • Clave, Sleigh Bells, Toqui-Toqui (San Juan, PR)
  • Woodland Guiro-like Animals (Spain, Malaysia, the Appalachia)
  • Pangi Nut Shaker (Kenya)

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