Members: The Core = Andy "ROK" Guerrero - vocals, Guitar/Serafin Sanchez - Tenor Saxophone, Keyboards/Erin Jo Harris - Vocals
Bop Skizzum has a problem. The band just can't commit. What is this soulful music the band plays? Is it funk? Is it rock? There are horns. Bad-ass horns. Does that make it jazz, or funk, or funk-jazz, or jazz-rock? And what about those fat guitar chords and that cheeky glint in the players' eyes? Can a band love Tower of Power as much as it loves Weezer? And does it really matter if all the music makes you want to do is dance?
A roaming funk party led by an ever-changing tribe of high-precision musicians, Bop Skizzum is out to prove a simple equation: That great funk music rocks, and that great rock music is supremely funky.
Founded by frontman/guitarist Andy Guerrero in 2000, Bop Skizzum has elevated audiences with a joyfully musical amalgam of R&B, funk and good old-fashioned guitar rock. Sharing stages with heroes including Fishbone, G. Love, Flogging Molly, Long Beach Dub All Stars and George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic. In 2005, Bop Skizzum released an EP, Propeller, which nicely captured the booty-shaking power of its live show. The band was twice nominated as Best Funk/Soul/Groove band by Westword in Denver.
In 2007, the Skizzum went on hiatus when Guerrero, also known as AndyRok, became a full-time Flobot. Guerrero and the Flobots toured the country and Europe and released a mega-hit song ("Handlebars," which has registered ten million downloads on iTunes) and a platinum-selling record. In addition to clowning around with Conan O'Brien and rockin' Jay Leno, Guerrero was invited to join the Recording Industry Academy of America's Download Interactive Advisory board, alongside Kanye West, Kelly Clarkson and Earth, Wind & Fire. Guerrero is a founding member of the Board of Directors for Flobots.org, a non-profit organization started by the Flobots.
Yet the call of the Skizzum never ceased, which is why Guerrero, Sanchez, and new vocalist Erin Jo Harris have reformed Bop Skizzum for the first time in over a year. Sensing a growing funk deficiency in Denver, the band has been writing up a storm, polishing its chops and preparing to infuse the city with a serious dose of Vitamin F.