Rocky Sandoval | Friday, March 24
There are certain qualities that just can’t be teached. In hip-hop, things like flow, rhythmic complexity, and lyrical finesse can be learned and honed over time. But, then, there are those intangibles that come fully formed in artists – smoothness, for instance. A sense of poise and ease with words is one of things that just comes baked-in with some emcees. For a nearby example, we can look at the Tacoma-based Rocky Sandoval. Blending hip-hop and R&B, Sandoval has his finger on the pulse of what will get listeners up and moving, seamlessly blending storytelling with the kind of club-ready production that creates a concoction so intoxicating that you may be incapable of resisting that sexy vibe.
Frankly, Sandoval’s bend toward funky, giddily horny music is a breath of fresh air in a scene where sex has taken a backseat to, I dunno, musical dynamics. After a couple years of isolating from human contact, it honestly feels like a blissful excursion to listen to Sandoval’s 2022 LP My Confessions, which encompasses every primal urge that surges inside not only Rocky, but all of us: heartache, longing, wired nights on the dancefloor, and the feeling that comes with coming home alone – and, even worse, coming home with the wrong person. Rocky Sandoval has spent years exploring these thoughts, and you can join him at ALMA to get those thoughts of your own out.
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