Members: Frank Sprouse, Steve Mosher, Carl Lopes, Rick Buckendahl, Luke Ochsenbein
Kokobola is a Eugene based band that lives to lay down a rhythmic good-time groovacious rumble. Put on your dancing shoes!
Kokobola's music has serious spice, and the band plays original music all ages can relate to. The rhythm section of Carl Lopes on percussion, Rick Buckendahl on drums, and Steve Mosher on bass make a sublime stew, a jazzy jacuzzi to dance in. Friendly chordal vamps give way to flights of fusion, with Frank Sprouse and Luke Ochsenbein taking turns gliding their guitars over the landscapes, sometimes funky, sometimes fancy, always fun.
Frank Sprouse- guitarist, enjoys playing out over multi-textured grooves, and writes and arranges the band's mostly original music. His influences include Dave Matthews, Monte Montgomery, Steve Kimock, with a nod to Jerry Garcia. The influences in his songwriting and playing have caused the band's sound to be described as "Steely Dead."
Steve Mosher- bass, builds his own instruments, all amazing to behold, and he's just as comfortable playing his four string as his eight string. He provides a dexterous and complex foundation for the musical explorations of the band. His chops are deep, and his influences range far and wide, from Phil Lesh to Stanley Clarke.
Carl Lopes- percussion, is an exquisitely tasteful expert on everything from congos to djembe. He provides a rich tapestry of rhythms to heighten and enhance the band's innovative musical forays. He is at home with one drum or seven, and always coaxes magic from them all when he plays.
Rick Buckendahl powers the band's hard-to-resist rhythms. His skillful sensitive chops orchestrate deep grooves ranging from a New Orleans 2nd line gumbo to a calypso party, with all stops in between. Rick's drumming turns the dance floor into a bounce house of bumptiousness for folks who like to move.
Luke Ochsenbein- guitarist, hails from Missouri where he anchored his former band, Totojojo. His supple playing makes Kokobola's melodic melange deeper, sweeter, and funkier. Luke can simmer and slash, and his musical adventurism brings smiles everywhere we play.
Kathy Mezger is Kokobola’s newest member. She’s been playing in bands since high school, and while living in Eugene in the 80's she was part of the group Wolf Creek, and sang jazz with numerous jazz players in the Eugene and Portland areas. In Northern California she was a member of the band of women called Foxes in the Henhouse that focused on tight three and four part harmonies. Kathy plays mandolin and adds her killer vocal to Kokobola.