Always good to be able to report on the return of an old favourite and so we’re delighted to share the news that CocoRed is back.
The band, we’re told, started jamming over at the old Rum Point Club about twenty years ago with Sean Hennings on drums, Jeff Japal on keyboards, Jonathon Ebanks on guitar, Bugs on bass and Mel McCoy on guitar and vocals.
“Much has changed since then but the style and concept remains the same,” Mel tells us.
“And that is to provide good listening and dancing music,tunes that people recognise and not get too stressed out doing it!”
The band has worked from Morritt’s to Papagallo, from the Grand Old House to Royal Palms where the music was heard all along the beach four nights per week for four years, says Mel.
“Many of the original members had much bigger things going on so the band downsized to a three piece with Morvin Brooks on vocals, Ray Myles playing guitar, and Mel moving to keyboards, drum machine and sequencer,” notes the musician.
The band has travelled to San Diego, Havana, Hawaii, Baltimore, New Orleans, Chicago and Minneapolis, testament to their accessibility and skill.
CocoRed has not done a lot during the past few years because of poor health of founding member Mel McCoy, he explains, but on a happier note he also promises to get back to the stage more often this coming winter season with gigs at the Royal Palms and The Grand Old House.
The band does a lot of original music and covers artists such as the Tradewinds, Bob Marley, Jimmy Buffett, UB40, Third World, Jimmy Cliff and many more.
This coming Friday, Jeff Japal will be on keyboards, Richard Terry on bass and Mel McCoy is back on guitar/vocals. The band promises to provide the smooth distinctive sounds of CocoRed that all have enjoyed for many years.
You can catch them live on the paseo at Camana Bay from 7 to 10pm. Admission free.