"Los Popiachi" was conceived on Cinco de Mayo in 2005 when Roxy wanted to bring a twist to some mariachi music she was planning to perform that evening. She thought it would be fun to sing Kelly Clarkson's "Since You've Been Gone" in a mariachi style...and it worked! She also did some other pop favorites like Cyndi Lauper's "Time After Time", and the Jackson 5's "I Want You Back". That evening, "Popiachi" was a hit, and now Roxy truly loves playing with this small 3-5 piece "conjunto" which also mixes in some traditional mariachi favorites. Roxy is currently working on recording a CD of "Los Popiachi". Helping her bring this vision to light is her hubby Jamieson Trotter who is producing and on piano and yes, believe it, accordian, and her long time buddy Nate La Pointe on guitar and weird ideas. They're having a blast doing it...
Roxy and her Chucos Suaves
Inspired by the music and subculture of the "Pachuco" movement in Los Angeles during the 1930's and 1940's, Roxy formed her band "Roxy and her Chucos" in 1998. She was fortunate to have become friends and performed with Lalo Guerrero, recipient of the Medal of the Arts from President Clinton and known as "the Father of Chicano Music". Lalo's Big Band played throughout southern California during the 1940's, and Roxy delights in incorporating many of his songs into her repertoire.
Roxy's love for other artists of the 1940's, such as Ella Fitzgerald and Lena Horne has influenced her vocal styling. Born and raised in L.A., Roxy's covers and original compositions could not escape the influence of Prince, Gloria Estefan, Gwen Stefani, and other pop artists which weave their way into Roxy and her Chucos Suaves' song list. Together with the rebellious nature of being a "Pachuca", Roxy's high-energy, yet poignant performances have captured audiences everywhere.
In addition to performing at nightclubs or dance venues, Roxy is also enjoying playing corporate events around Southern California. Roxy Especial's band consists of: Roxy- lead vocals Jamieson Trotter – piano Paul Gonzalez - percussion Mike Uhler - bass Mark San Felippo – drums Ron Blake - trumpet Dan Weinstein - trombone Roxy and her band members have played with music greats such as Celia Cruz, Paulina Rubio, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Brittney Spears, Frankie Valle and the Temptations. Roxy and her band members have also had residencies and played at venues such as, the Governors Ball at the Academy Awards, the Derby, the Conga Room, Kassbah, The Lounge, and 360.