Roka Hueka – February 4th – Hi-Dive

Roka Hueka B&W-02-17-0598Photos by Tim Dwenger

Last Saturday night at the Hi-Dive, Denver’s own Latin Ska ensemble, Roka Hueka, delivered a brief, but powerful set opening for legendary New York Ska outfit The Toasters.  Playing to an enthusiastic and packed house, frontman Andres Gonzalez belted out original tunes in his native Spanish as the band raged behind him and dancers skanked at the lip of the stage.

In the latter half of the set, Gonzalez invite Hans Meyer, lead singer of up-and-coming Denver Punk act Wild Lives (a band that also features Roka Hueka drummer Blake Pendergrass) to the stage.  Meyer is known for his Iggy Pop meets Roger Daltry-esque stage presence and, while the cramped stage didn’t allow him to fully strut his stuff, he gave the crowd a taste and they ate it up.

See below for photos from the performance, and don’t miss these guys next time they play!  They’ve sold-out Ophelia’s, opened for The Wailers, and more . . . you won’t regret it!


Who Is Timothy Dwenger

Music has always been a part of my life. It probably all started listening to old Grateful Dead, Peter Paul & Mary, and Simon & Garfunkel records that my parents had, but it wasn't long before they were taking me to concerts like Starship, Crosby, Stills & Nash, and Huey Lewis & The News. I got the bug to write about music after reviewing an Eric Clapton concert for a creative writing project in high school but didn't really take it up seriously until 2002. Since then I have published countless articles in The Marquee Magazine and done some work for, SPIN Magazine, and various other outlets. I started Listen Up Denver! as a way to share the music information that is constantly spilling out of my head with people who care. Please enjoy!