Especial From Indie 102.3 Presents
Tropa Magica (Thee Commons)
Colfax Speed Queen, Vic N' the Narwhals
7 S. Broadway
Denver, CO, 80209
Doors 7:00 PM / Show 8:00 PM
This event is 18 and over
Watch & Listen
Tropa Magica (Thee Commons)
Pacheco Brothers, David and Rene, began their prolific music careers as Thee Commons; underdogs in the East L.A. music scene. Inspired by the Roots of Chicha compilations and the psych rock sounds coming out of Southern California they embraced both worlds with open arms. Unable to properly play “cumbia” rhythms they quickly learned from their peers in Boyle Heights and gave their best interpretation of the genre. High-spirited and determined they worked on a formula that would become their signature “Psychedelic Cumbia Punk” sound. A sound, not latino enough for the Mexicans nor surf enough for the psych-punks. This paradoxical approach, gregarious attitude, and live wire shows landed them slots on West Coast festival favorites, namely Coachella, Desert Daze, and Tropicalia. LA Weekly made it clear: "If Thee Commons aren’t the best live band in Los Angeles, they’re damn near the top.”
However, after 3 LP’s and a collection of EP’s and singles, the brothers Pacheco decided to work on a different live and studio sound. Seeking a new sound they were inspired by the likes of Django Reinhardt, Joan Sebastian, Edith Piaf, Meridian Brothers and obscure soundtracks by Nino Rota. Yet, rather than start from scratch the brothers expanded on their “psychedelic cumbia punk” sound and reshaped it with a cinematic, orchestrated and carnivalesque twist. With the support of their friends and family they moved forward with the idea to rebrand and start anew. Focusing on their song craft, they began to experiment with different instrumentations and working with a myriad of studio musicians. Maturing as songwriters the brothers are now faced with the challenge of presenting their studio recordings onto a live stage. All the meanwhile, they are also endlessly working on converting new and previous Thee Commons fan to join the Tropa Magica caravan.
Colfax Speed Queen
Once born out of the crystal clear Rocky Mountain water, Colfax Speed Queen quickly dirtied their bones with distortion, tremolo, and plenty of slap back reverb just like their heroes from the 60's and 70's. CSQ is far from a revival band though. They're an original breed of garage, punk, rock, and surf. CSQ is not about going fast. They're about being hopped up and strung out on life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
Vic N' the Narwhals
Los Narwhals, as the streets of Denver refer to them are a Latin Psych/Surf band whose influences range from The Growlers, The Doors, Cumbia, and all around garage, surf, and punk rock. The feeling of being in a "Narwhal" show is a trip back in time with Latin rhythmic sounds of the drums and bass, with a groovy pinch of keys and organs, topped off with the nostalgic but familiar sounds of the vintage guitars. Once you start dancing, this delicious concoction of sounds will make sure you don't stop until the end.
The band has opened up for The Mystic Braves, Guantanamo Baywatch Latin Grammy Nominated The Chamanas, Jessica Hernandez and the Deltas, Thee Commons, Santoros, and many more. They have also done live in studio sessions at Colorado Public Radio, been featured in the Metropolitan Magazine, and Barf Magazine. They have played in festivals like UMS (CO) along side Alvvas, Holy Wave, Deer Hunter, among others and have played in ICT Fest (KS).
"Vic N’ The Narwhals released their debut EP, “Los Narwhals,” earlier this year. The Denver surf-rock quartet writes songs about heartache in both English and Spanish. The band, which resides in and helps manage the Denver-area D.I.Y. venue Ursa Minor, received a nomination for Best Rock Band in Westword’s 2018 music awards." -Colorado Public Radio
"Its like The Doors but with the keyboard style of Smash Mouth" - Tim