Island Rock extroverts, Soca Jukebox is one of the genre’s premier show bands. This five-piece ensemble features a battery of shimmering steel pans, an array of Latin percussion, a fastidious rhythm section and incendiary guitar work. SJ’s cast of trained professional musicians are multi-instrumentalists and engaging performers dedicated to “bringing the party”.
A live Soca engagement showcases five decades of well-known repertoire from diverse musical genres, reinvigorated by fresh, stylized arrangements and a high-energy percussion showdown. Their great song selection, top-shelf vocal talent with smooth harmony and tribal chanting offer sanctuary in an all-out Drum War. Soca Jukebox is interactive, crowd-pleasing and has a wide appeal to all ages and musical tastes. Their unique blend of Trop-Rock advances the category through classic hits in Rock, Reggae, Calypso and Soca (“SO-ul CAlypso”) infused with charisma, humor, false bravado and Rasta-goodness.
While Soca Jukebox is now in their 10th season, the core of the band has been performing together since their college days. Formal studies included master classes with Trinidadian steel pan inventor/pioneer, Elle Mannette as well as numerous Caribbean and Latin percussion specialists. Devoted to the cultural legacy, but with an ear on innovation, Soca’s talented players carry the music forward to uplift, entertain and share.
Soca Jukebox is always “In Season”, transporting land-locked expatriates and those in need of a “3 hour tour” on a year-round musical getaway. From their Kansas City, MO home base, the ensemble is nationally touring to festivals, college campuses, casinos, clubs, corporate and private events or a venue near you! The band has accepted invitations to divert and delight disparate factions from heads of state to “parrotheads”.
Soca Jukebox is currently working on material for an album of original music expected in 2013.
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Jump up, feel the rhythm and say, “Yah, Mon” to this extraordinary ensemble, Soca Jukebox.
Let’s get together and feel alright!
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Clay Johnston – Double Seconds/Percussion/Vocals
Jay Albright – Lead Pan/Percussion/Vocals
Dave Jarman – Drums
Ben Leimkuhler – Bass/Percussion
Jason Riley – Guitar/Vocals
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Title Artist Ants Marching Dave Matthews Band Stir It Up Bob Marley People Get Ready/One Love I Shot the Sheriff No Woman, No Cry Jammin’ Could You Be Loved 3 Little Birds Don’t Worry Be Happy Bobby McFerrin Baja Traditional Cinderella Fiesta Latina Jamaican Farewell Limbo Song Bang on the Drum Todd Rundgren (Sittin’) On the Dock of the Bay Otis Redding Under the Boardwalk Coasters Red, Red Wine Neil Diamond/UB40 Brown-eyed Girl Van Morrison Into the Mystic Call me Al Paul Simon Fifty Ways to Leave Your Lover Late in the Evening Oye Como Va Santana Evil Ways Chitlins Con Carne Stevie Ray Vaughn Day-O Harry Belafonte Hot, Hot, Hot Arrow Margaritaville Jimmy Buffet Cheeseburger In Paradise Two Pina Coladas Garth Brooks In Your Eyes Peter Gabriel I Can See Clearly Now Johnny Nash What I Got Sublime Santeria Burn One Down Ben Harper Hotel California The Eagles St. Thomas Sonny Rollins The Weight The Band Send Me On My Way Rusted Root I’m Yours Jason Mraz Easy Like Sunday Morning Lionel Richie
…and many more Trop-Rock Favorites!