Reggae band Inka Inka to sing its swan song
Lead Story in the HUMP DAY column, Brad Kava & Claudia Perry.
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.