Get Your Red, White and Blue on With Huma Rojo

Let's say tomorrow rolls around and you finally manage to tear yourself away from CNN's round-the-clock coverage of all things Michael Jackson to celebrate the birth of our nation and the day Will Smith freed us from alien annihilation. You find yourself on South Beach for some Fourth of July festivities. I know it's a stretch, but work with me here. Now let's say you've spent much of the day on the beach, perhaps sipping suds from your cooler and maybe partaking of the occasional frozen concoction from Wet Willy's. You've somehow waited out the 9pm fireworks show on 8th and Ocean, and now, your own inner child appeased by the loud reports and bright lights illuminating the sky, the wanderlust gets the better of you. It's 10pm, you've conceivably been drinking all day, and you're on South Beach. What to do now?

Well, if you're in the mood to catch live music from one of the more kick ass local bands our fair city has to offer, you could always head on over to Black Sheep, where Huma Rojo is scheduled to perform. Formed in 2005 by bassist/vocalist Damaris Vicke and guitarist Javier Guell, and later joined Daniela Bertoldi on keys and Johnny on drums, the band was named for the Pedro Almodovar flick Todo Sobre Mi Madre. With influences ranging from Radiohead to Fiona Apple to Café Tacvba to Sonic Youth, their sound is legitimate midway point between aggressive alt-rock, psychedelic and experimental.

They've been hard at work putting together their debut disc, which should be ready for release near the end of the month, but have taken a break from the dungeon-esque realm of studio recording to entertain the unruly masses tomorrow. So stumble on in and check them out.

Huma Rojo plays Black Sheep (721 North Lincoln Lane) tomorrow, Friday, July 4. Cover is $5.

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Christopher Lopez