Reggae band Inka Inka to sing its swan song

Lead Story in the HUMP DAY column, Brad Kava & Claudia Perry.
San Jose Mercury News
Wednesday October 9, 1996

After this weekend, the tribe will gather no more.

Inka Inka, the local reggae outfit that's been plying its trade for nearly eight years now, is calling it quits after its show at the Usual (400 S. First St., San Jose). The band also plays the Catalyst (1101 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz) for the over-the-hill gang Friday night.

"That's all she wrote," says guitarist Greg Schnetz. "For 7 1/2 years, we'e taken it as far as it's going to go. There doesn't seem to be a lot of room for bands in the reggae world."

According to Schnetz, the members of Inka Inka probably will do some side projects. But after years of touring, the past couple exclusively in the Bay Area, it's time to rest up.

"We want to take a break and see where we are," Schnetz says. "But I don't see the band playing again."

Schnetz hopes to get into the recording and producing end of the music business. His taste and expertise in music aren't limited to the reggae-world beat side of the road.

"What I'll do will depend on what mood I'm in and I think that's true for the rest of the band," Schnetz says. "Our horn section is already playing in some jazz groups in Berkeley."

One thing that Schnetz stresses is that the ending is on good terms. There have been about 15 members of Inka Inka during its lifespan and a lot of the alumni have been turning up and sitting in at recent shows. Look for more of that on Friday and Saturday.

Among Schnetz's favorite memories with the band were opening for Jimmy Buffett at the Shoreline two years ago (Inka Inka and the Doobie Brothers are the only two San Jose bands to play Shoreline), playing for 20,000 reggae fans in Vermont and selling out the Cactus Club for the first time ("the line was around the block," Schnetz recalls.

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