People have a hard time pronouncing the name of Miami sextet Ketchy Shuby correctly. But after hearing these guys jam, South Florida fans have gotten used to saying the name: Keh-chee Shoo-bee. The moniker comes from a song by roots-reggae legend Peter Tosh. Back in 2008, there was a lot more reggae in their '60s-throwback rock 'n' soul sound, but nowadays, the troupe emphasizes the soul, having added a little funk and a splash of Afrobeat. The band has a name for this recipe of grooves: "downtown soul."
Having played almost every venue in Miami and even taken the stage at Little Havana's cubanisimo block party Calle Ocho, Ketchy Shuby is dominating the 305 sound. A hard-working bunch, the band members are starting to receive national attention, attributable to their dedication and relentless touring. At record-industry shebang South by Southwest, the band played six shows in four days. At Spin's showcase, frontman Jason Joshua Hernandez-Rodriguez engaged the crowd with his manic energy, frantic yelps, and even crazier hairstyle. Looking like he just stuck his finger in an electrical socket, Hernandez-Rodriguez's coif is voluminous and dynamic, much like the man himself.
New Times caught up with the eccentric, engaging Ketchy Shuby singer minutes before he took the stage at historic Miami haunt Tobacco Road.More »