In the past year or so, Ketchy Shuby has worked its way up from unpaid gigs to headlining sets at notable live venues including Transit Lounge, Churchill's, Tobacco Road, and Cunningham's in Vero Beach. The band landed a slot at the recent Future Classic Festival and a live set on WDNA's Sound Theory radio show. The guys will also rock this Wednesday with Fusik at the Electric Pickle for the Tomorrow's People showcase at the weekly Champion Sound party. "We want to thank everyone for the love but also give a heads up about these open-mic parties going on. Promoters need to keep their word and take care of the bands," says Hernandez-Rodriguez, hinting that he's been burned a few times and is happy to have graduated to the next league in the local music circuit.

After NOTIMETOHATE drops this year, Ketchy Shuby has bigger plans, including a vinyl single, "Surrender," and a full album tentatively called Tiny Vices that'll be out in early 2010. Band members are also keeping busy with offshoots of their own, as Quinto and some of the members of Fusik are working on a Latin Afro-funk project; Hernandez-Rodriguez has a group called the Love Tomes with Stella of the Heartbreakerz crew; and Smiley and Hernandez-Rodriguez are collaborating on music with just horns and brass, resulting in a big-band Afrobeat sound.

"It's jazz, it's '60s rock, Afrobeat, reggae, ska..."
Elizabeth Ferguson
"It's jazz, it's '60s rock, Afrobeat, reggae, ska..."


Ketchy ShubyWith Fusik. 11 p.m. Wednesday, October 21, at Champion Sound at the Electric Pickle, 2826 N. Miami Ave., Wynwood. Admission costs $5. Call 305-456-5613.

On a humid night last week, some of the Tomorrow's People crew were celebrating the birthday of Felix, the drummer for Fusik, at a live show by indie singer/songwriter Rachel Goodrich. Not the first place you'd think of for a birthday jam for the collective, but it goes further to prove that soul is a state of mind, and downtown is the place to be.

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