Dating broke musicians- something I’m super familiar with. Why not write a song about it! Check out the Roky Sofi Acoustic trio rocking out our original song “I Don’t Need” (by RokySofi) at Stage 84 in Davie FL.
Leave the tambourine alone! Gigs are work- this is my job! I dont come to your workplace, sit in your cubicle and fuck with your stapler and computer!
Meet and get obsessed with: Rachel Goodrich http://www.myspace.com/rachelgoodrich
Rachel Goodrich is The G.O.A.T. (Greatest of All Time). I saw her last Friday at The Stage in the design district and I was blown away by her music, her performance and her band. Rachel is an incredible songwriter and a super talented singer and guitarist. This Miami musician recently moved to the west coast where she has been making it happen, getting featured on Vouge and E! Her show at The Stage was her return to Miami and the venue was packed with all of her local fans, eager to get some of her singer songwriter goodness.
I’m not going to lie- I was skeptical before the show. As a local artist, Rachel Goodrich has a lot of hype, but there’s something about kazoos and ukuleles that doesn’t make me want to go out on a Friday night. Needles to say, I was wrong- the show was AMAZING. Rachel and her band are super tight and pretty rocking, and all three of them looked like they are genuinely having a great time on stage. Rachel is somehow sassy and a goofball at the same time and she is super entertaining when she performs and speaks to the audience. Her songwriting is sincere and simple and when you listen to her music, nothing seems forced. Her lyrics seem to have come out carelessly and without too much effort, but there is nothing careless about this quirk star- she takes her craft seriously and she works hard. My favorite songs of the night were “Morning Light,” “Monster Mash” and the hilarious “Dope Song.” The crowd went nuts for Rachel and her band and she was followed by the awesome cumbia/pop/hiphop band Locos Por Juana, who I tried to photograph unsuccessfully (the singer never stops dancing! He NEVER stops!!).
I left The Stage (drunk) after an amazing night and when I woke up the next morning, I bought the two awesome Rachel Goodrich albums available on itunes- The wacky and fun “Tinker Toys” and her new, more edgy self titled release, which I am listening to as I write. Basically, I am now a hardcore Rachel Goodrich fan and I think the world would be a happier place if everyone else was too. Go buy her albums! Go see her shows! NOW!
Follow her on twitter: http://twitter.com/Rachel_Goodrich
This weekend, I went to Cat Cay in the Bahamas to play a party with my favorite wedding/corporate band Higher Ground and needless to say, we had an AMAZING time. The trip started with the scariest flight ever in what I can only describe as a tiny, flimsy, old death plane- the controls were all analog and the gas tank kept going down to empty and the pilot would flick it with his fingers to get it back up to full….sketch. There were 12 people in the band, so we took two planes for the band members and one plane for the gear- they literally weighed all of us at the airport before we left to make sure these little planes could handle us. We landed safe and sound in the shortest landing strip I’ve ever seen and had the bus driver, Justin, take us to our dorm rooms. Cat Cay is a small island with a private country club and we had strict instructions that we weren’t allowed to go in the beach, the pool or eat at the restaurants. In other words, we had to be invisible. We had no other option but to hang out in front of our rooms, watching the gigantic turkeys, chickens and one lonely duck walking around the field ahead of us. We waited patiently for the band meal, which to our surprise consisted of Caribbean rice and beans and ribs- NO BANDWISHES! YES!
Then it was time to work. We headed over to the party, where our stage was set up with a beautiful waterfront view. The reception was short and fun and we took a long break during which a Junkanoo band rocked out and we saw an awesome 15 minute firework show dedicated to the newlyweds. Then it was time to drink- we were invited to stay at the party (so much for being invisible) and after shutting it down, we all piled on the back of a golf cart with a flat tire and headed to a local bar where the staff goes to party when they’re done with work. There we danced, drank Kalik and Jose Cuervo and proceeded to get completely shwasted. The rest of the night is a blur, but I know that at some point, the bass player and I let some random, but very generous, club employee take us through the jungle in his golf cart (or at least it seemed like the jungle in my drunken state) to his house, where he grilled up some hamburgers- Island hospitality for sure. At some point I stumbled back to my room and set alarm that rang at 6 pm the next day when I was already back in Miami. Thankfully, my friend who I was rooming with woke me up and I made it to the plane on time, after making the walk of shame to recover my gear that I carelessly left at the party. On the flight back, I got to ride in the front seat with the pilot and he even let me wear headphones and talk into the mic. The only downside was that the whole plane ride home, I felt like I was gonna throw up everywhere.
After a sausage, egg and chee biscuit from Mc Donald’s and a few hours of sleep, my hungover wore off and all I was left with were good memories of an awesome trip with some of my closest friends. Fun gig, good partying and oh yea, I can’t wait to get that paycheck :)
A recording of yesterdays rehearsal with my new band! The song is called open shop!! We’re gettin ready to rock your balls off Miami!
Lokee Entertainment Music Festival @ Transit Lounge!
Sunday March 13th, was the first annual Lokee Music Festival and it was a blast.
Rifus. Phil Jacobson Band. Jacob Jeffries. The Big Tasty. Jahfe. Beat Machines. Sounduo. NO COVER. It couldn’t get any better.
The night was a reunion of South Florida musicians supporting each other and celebrating original music. Everywhere you looked, there were people hugging and catching up “Oh my God I haven’t seen you in soooo long!” I guess it’s a good thing when you never see your musician friends: it means we’re all working.
I had an amazing time singing with The Big Tasty and catching some of my favorite bands! It was my first time watching Jacob Jeffries and I have to say: I am a fan! I want more!
I’m glad I was part of an event that brought together the South Florida musician family to party and make some music! So fun- Lets do it again!