Originating and consisting of four members from the Salt Lake City, Utah area, Chola has focused on combining funk, blues, hip-hop, and rock 'n roll to form its own original sound. Each member has had several years of experience on his respective instrument and is a true player. Chola consists of drums, bass, guitar, percussion, and vocals influenced from many styles, ranging from rap to rock to R&B to blues. Chola's combination has proven to be just what the public wanted. Its fan base has been developing at a very rapid pace, both locally and now on the national level. Chola has been playing regularly in the Salt Lake City area at the nationally established clubs for about two years. In that time, it has played with the likes of The Steve Miller Band, Government Mule, Big Head Todd and the Monsters, Cinderella, Sugar Hill Gang, Modern English, Jazz is Dead, Dave Wakeling, Eek-a-Mouse, Pato Banton, Yellowman, Boogie Shoes, Five Fingers of Funk, Rev. Right Time & the First Cuzzins of Funk, Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Mother Hips, the Flys, Digital Underground, Robin Trower, and the Marginal Profits among others. Chola also opened up for the 1998 H.O.R.D.E. Festival (Blues Traveler, Ben Harper, Barenaked Ladies, Fastball, etc.) at the Canyons, in Park City, Utah and was sponsored by KOOL cigarettes and H.O.R.D.E. through radio, newspaper, and other national magazines such as SPIN, Rolling Stone, and Entertainment Weekly. Chola was also spotlighted on the 1998 H.O.R.D.E. Festival CD compilation. Chola will also be highlighted on the 2000 Hemplennium Compilation from the Seattle Hemp Festival.
Chola has been headlining the Salt Lake clubs and selling out the venues on a regular basis since 1998. Its effect on the local Salt Lake music scene has created a tremendous buzz and with the help from several local & national sources and a grassroots approach, the Chola seed is spreading rapidly.
Beginning in late spring 1998 and finishing up later that year, Chola produced one whopper of a full-length album entitled "Groove the Nation", which is now available on the FreedomZone.com website. "Groove the Nation" features over an hour of pure, undiluted rip-rock funkreation. Concentrating on the release of "Groove the Nation" and playing select venues locally and nationally, Chola has begun to spread its seed since the release of "Groove the Nation."
Visit Chola online at www.FreedomZone.com. The water-drop campaign has begun.
David Alexander (Dirty D)-Vocals, Drums
Kevin Blanchard (KGB) -Percussion
Justin Johnson (Tokin' J)-Vocals, Guitar
Cody Bateman (C-Dog)-Bass Guitar
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