Bodega Roja
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Bodega Roja

Atlanta, Georgia, United States | SELF

Atlanta, Georgia, United States | SELF
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The prog-rock six-piece combo has officially expanded past the city after an extremely impressive show with The Memorials.... To see them at the Five Spot again is an enticing early-weekend treat. - Starletta Watson, Little Five Points Local Music Examiner - examiner.com


Bodega Roja is a mind melting force of nature that conjures new acid prog jazz jams and floods your uber-space with solid mesmerizing fusion power. Hailing from Atlanta, their magic envelops your groove thing in a warm blanket of dueling fuzz guitar and synth wailiness. Influences include Muse, Tool, F-Zero X, Tribal Tech, Liquid Tension Experiment, Steve Vai, John Scofield, Medeski, Martin, and Wood, Particle, Kooken & Hoomen. I'm not sure if these are really their influences but they sound like a spicy gumbo of all of those fresh ingredients. The guitars shred incredible dueling solos with funk-jazz rhythms and monster piano styles. The drums and bass keep the freshness increasing steadily along a path of wisdom of the ages.

Originally an all instrumental group, Bodega Roja has recently begun its venture into the vocal arts as well. Adding a lot to the groups already gargantuan sound, they have yet to record their new stlye. Their badass instrumental tracks are already available on their myspace, and check out their homepage to join their mailing list. Already a mainstay on the Atlanta jam circuit, with a sound like theirs they will soon be rocking festivals near you. Keep your ears and eyes wide open for their Freakjams, for Bodega Roja will surely rock your dome!! - Freakjams is your source for independent music! You will not find a collection of musical deities an


These dudes are f---n seriously badass! Keep an eye out for them, they're gonna blow up. - John Ferrara, Consider the Source


It's not very often that you can see a band throw down at a rock show, then catch the same group on a jam band gig, and find it extremely comfortable and sensible. Bodega Roja does an immaculate job of combining the best elements of '70s fusion and prog with the modern movement/demand for progressive intricacy and momentum in emerging rock bands. Sprinkle in some of that classic Atlanta charm, and you'll know what this band is all about. I'd recommend this to anyone who appreciates music. - Jake Carden, Just Like Vinyl


Discography

A live recording of Bodega's instrumental performance at New Earth Music Hall on July 16, 2010 is available as their first album "Transmissions From New Earth." The band is currently recording tracks for their self-produced studio album and the first to feature vocals, for release in Fall 2011.

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Science meets soul.

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, capturing crowds through mixed meters, psychedelic effects, sound design, and confident dynamic range. Songs climb from lush ambience to shredding in seconds, showcasing everything from the intricate instrumentals that got them started to three-part vocal harmonies. In just their first year, Bodega Roja played nearly 40 shows in 6 states, wrote 30 songs, and attracted over 1,000 fans on Facebook.

Building a base in two Southern local music markets with regular performances at The Five Spot (Atlanta) and New Earth Music Hall (Athens), Bodega Roja has performed alongside Easy Star All-Stars, Moon Taxi, The Heavy Pets, Consider the Source, and members of Sound Tribe Sector 9, The Mars Volta, and Fall of Troy. 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.