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Hispanic Heritage Month at UNH features “José Oyola and the Astronauts”

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10/14/2015 12:00 AM
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WEST HAVEN, CONN. – An experimental Indie rock band from New Haven, José Oyola and the Astronauts, will perform at the University of New Haven on Thursday, Oct. 22 at 8 p.m. (doors open at 7:30 p.m.).

The program will feature José Oyola, who attended UNH.

The event, free and open to the public, will take place in the German Club, on UNH’s main campus, 300 Boston Post Road.

José Oyola and the Astronauts call themselves “experimental” because their music integrates rock music with Caribbean rhythms. The group sings in English and Spanish. Oyola identifies as Nuyorican, which is a New Yorker of Puerto Rican descent.

Originally a solo songster, Oyola began writing music in a crammed apartment on Chapel Street. As the buzz surrounding his songs grew, he began performing in his apartment. Over time, the apartment came to be known as “Taco Hut Headquarters,” and he began looking for a larger space where he could perform. Soon, the Taco Hut Headquarters became a hub for new local music, and he and other musicians teamed up to become the Astronauts.

“José Oyola and the Astronauts seamlessly brings together rock sounds familiar to many of us and Latin-American and Caribbean rhythms and even language, “said April Yoder, assistant professor of history. “They offer something for everyone, so my hope is that they will bring together students and others from diverse backgrounds. They show that music is not segregated.”

Jose Oyola and the Astronauts, Hologram Album cover for "Hologram"

The band is working with UNH label, Purebred, on their second album, Hologram. The band will headline a release party at the College Street Music Hall in New Haven, on Saturday, Nov. 7.

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