Rocco DeLuca

Rocco DeLuca

Owl Paws

Wed · September 24, 2014

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm


This event is all ages

Rocco DeLuca
Rocco DeLuca
"The blues died when they took the 'fuck' out of it," explains a seemingly shy and unassuming Rocco DeLuca. "The music I was raised on had heat. Energy. That feeling of aggression. The music of today seems so washed out and generic. To get 'em back we need to stick the real soul, that punk element back into it. It's the only way I know how to play it." It's with that ferocity and determination that DeLuca's debut album, I Trust You To Kill Me, challenges the listener to dive head first into the heart and soul of a musical revolution.

Music has been a part of DeLuca's makeup from the start. "My dad was a touring guitar player for some amazing blues artists. I remember he and my uncles would have these late night jam sessions and I would hang out with them and then end up crawling into Uncle Joe's bass drum and falling asleep to the drone," smiles DeLuca. As he got older, he discovered the DOBRO® steel guitar and it wasn't long before primitive folk music from both the south and the Appalachian Mountains made their way into his world. "Most of my friends were into punk and my family's roots where in blues, so the two extremes were really all I listened to," he explains. After playing out at parties and penning songs, Deluca spent the next decade honing his musical craft. He became the local opener for Taj Mahal, John Mayall and John Lee Hooker, played with Johnny Cash and after a series of eye-opening experiences in Europe; he returned to the States and landed a 2-year residency at the Gypsy Lounge just outside of Los Angeles.
After years of performing and touring, the time came for DeLuca to take his experiences and lay them down in the form of a demo, but not without a certain amount of hesitation. "I always thought of the 'music industry' as this drunk girl at a party who forgot who she came with. I loved making music, but being a cog wasn't for me. At the same time no one was putting out the kind of music I wanted to hear, so I cut my demo and tried to keep it as honest as possible." In 2004, that demo was passed on to Jude Cole and Kiefer Sutherland's Ironworks label and it was clear to both of them that what they were seeing was something amazing. "We thought of him as a real diamond-in-the-rough," says Cole, "and that's exactly what we were looking for."
Owl Paws
Owl Paws
Hailing from the foggy city of San Francisco, Owl Paws, brain child of Derek Schultz, began as a solo recording project in 2010. Soon thereafter, a trio formed featuring Timothy Vickers and Lucas Siobal. Complete with dreamy song-scapes, acoustic sonority, haunting harmony, lyrical honesty and a dynamic rythhm section, the band has created a sound that is distinctive and captivating - a uniqueness that rests in their cross-genre experimentation and a willingness to push musical boundaries. Unafraid to explore new frontiers in live music, they've performed on public transit, in caves, in clubs and in living rooms all over the West Coast. Their fourth official release will be available in mid 2014.

Their progressive songwriting will take you on a musical journey that will sincerely captivate your ears. - Contact music

With dreamy reminders of such bands as Fleet Foxes, OWL PAWS bring to the table a unique sound that is lush and also laced with smooth yet haunting tones. - Contact music

a collection of experimental folk ballads that are accentuated by the heartfelt, somberly attractive voice of Derek Schultz who sings songs that tell stories of heartbreak and quiet sorrow on this new album. -Deli Magazine

...soft and soothing melodies and lyrics that, for once, are well thought out and meaningful. -Melissa Moreno
Venue Information:
The Chapel
777 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA, 94110