Frank Sprouse- guitarist, enjoys playing out over multi-textured grooves, and writes and arranges the band's mostly original music. His influences include Dave Matthews, Monte Montgomery, Steve Kimock, with a nod to Jerry Garcia. The influences in his songwriting and playing have caused the band's sound to be described as "Steely Dead."
Steve Mosher- bass, builds his own instruments, all amazing to behold, and he's just as comfortable playing his four string as his eight string. He provides a dexterous and complex foundation for the musical explorations of the band. His chops are deep, and his influences range far and wide, from Phil Lesh to Stanley Clarke.
Carl Lopes- percussion, is an exquisitely tasteful expert on everything from congos to djembe. He provides a rich tapestry of rhythms to heighten and enhance the band's innovative musical forays. He is at home with one drum or seven, and always coaxes magic from them all when he plays.
Rick Buckendahl powers the band's hard-to-resist rhythms. His skillful sensitive chops orchestrate deep grooves ranging from a New Orleans 2nd line gumbo to a calypso party, with all stops in between. Rick's drumming turns the dance floor into a bounce house of bumptiousness for folks who like to move.
Luke Ochsenbein- guitarist, hails from Missouri and his former band, Totojojo. His supple playing makes Kokobola's melodic melange deeper, sweeter, and funkier. Luke has been with us since December, and his musical adventurism brings smiles everywhere we play.
Frank Sprouse - Vocals and Accoustic Guitar
Steve Mosher - Bass & Vox
Carl Lopes - Percussion
Luke Ochsenbein - Electric Guitar
Rick Buckendahl - Drums
Kokobola has some new band takes, recorded live w/ no overdubs. Damned If I Do, New Shoes, and I'll Meet You There. Check out our newest upload, the instrumental called Cross Eyed. Groovaciousness at its best!
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We're too new to have been covered by published periodicals, but here are some excellent quotes from...We're too new to have been covered by published periodicals, but here are some excellent quotes from a couple of very knowledgeable fans:
“I should mention to all reading this that Kokobola is NOT a cover band. They're just so good you'll find yourself wondering why they sound familiar. You'll hear lots of influences in their work, from pure jazz, to fusion, to jam, to bluegrass…” “After hearing my friend Frank Sprouse, of Kokobola, play last week, I spent this morning searching the Internet for articles discussing the guitar work in Steely Dan's "King of the World." (Frank's style really calls this tune to mind)… If you're a Steely Dan fan, do yourself a favor and come hear Frank, and the rest of Kokobola play this coming Tuesday evening” “If you’re in Portland, don’t miss this. These guys are incredible. Best new music I heard in 2012. Hand down.” 3 FB Posts written by Jason Johnson, music writer, Eugene Register Guard “Great show.... Someone was asking me to describe Kokobola's music and I said ‘Steely Dead’". Tony Proveaux, Owner-ProArts Studio
— Tony Proveaux, Jason Johnson, Facebook
Here's a 3 Set List of All Original Tunes, both vocal and instrumental:
1. Vocal G- Horseshoe Lover
2. Vocal E- Delta Island Dew
3. Instr. A- Jump Right In
4. Vocal B- Shine
5. Instr. A- Beau’s Boogie
6. Vocal D- You Don’t See Me
7. Instr. E- Cross Eyed
1. Vocal E- Home Fried
2. Instr E- So L. A.
3. Vocal C- New Tatoo
4. Instr G- Jesse’s Jam
5. Vocal A- New Shoes
6. Instr E- Fishman
7. Vocal B- Damned If I Do
1. Vocal E- Two Wrongs
2. Instr D- Brookside
3. Vocal D- I’ll Meet You There
4. Vocal E- Thousand Ways
5. Instr G- Rutabaga Roundup
6. Vocal C- Sorry