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Blackout Beat Performs in Pueblo Colorado

26 Jun


Marcos Garibay during his performance of Click, Click, Glow.

Marcos Garibay during his performance of Click, Click, Glow.

Sorry for the delay in posting this but better late than never! Here are the pics and video from The Blackout Beat’s performance in Pueblo, Colorado for and event called Summer Kick. The event featured performances by The Circus House, Emmett Collins and Marcos Garibay.  Enjoy and thanks for all the love Pueblo!

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New Jersey Lyricist Moe in The Blackout Beat Recording Studio

17 Jan




POTW: RED EP Review in PULP Magazine

15 Aug

c925185f16345096e8a02bbed5d24872Go get your FREE copy of PULP now to check this out and other great articles! Thanks to the good people at PULP for taking the time to review RED!  Always a great feeling when our hard work gets some recognition!  And in case you haven’t had a chance to download the FREE RED EP you can get it at http://www.theblackoutbeat.com/music.


The Blackout Beat & A is for Authentic Magazine features in February

7 Feb

Make sure to get your copy of PULP magazine and download UNSUNG Magazine this month to check out two great new articles on The Blackout Beat and their projects!  photo Photok

Update on Marcos’ A is for Authentic Project

31 Oct

Even though we The Kickstarter campaign is still a week away I wanted to give you all a little update on how the project is moving a long.  In one word: great!   Here is the longer update:

We are doing great.  Riki just completed all the line work for the first 22 page chapter titled The Bear Trap.  The first chapter is an introductory tale that really sets the tone for the book, introduces some of the man characters and foreshadows future chapters in the book.   We should be able to put up some finished pages soon complete with text and color.

The Kickstarter campaign is ready to go.  We are going to wait until the election is over to start the fundraising process.  Although I’m a bit nervous about not reaching our goal, I’m more excited.  Having the passion and excitement behind the project really helps to fight that fear.

And since the project has an original soundtrack that I’m producing, here is the music update.  One song done, many other tracks taking shape.  Its turing out to the most fun I’ve had on any music project so far.  I’m excited to start showing some of my new ish.  I will more than likely debut the title track, Authentic in the next month.

I’ll leave you with some pictures of the progress.



Marcos’ New Project Announcement: “A is for Authentic”

19 Sep

Hi everybody,

Hopefully most of you saw a few of the pics I’ve been posting this week of artwork done by my longtime pal Riki Takaoka.  I’ve also been leaving some hints the last few months about a new Blackout I’m starting project that will be epic.  I’ve refereed to it as my “legacy project” more than a few times.  Before I go on with the project announcement its important to explain why the project was refereed to as my “legacy project” before it had an official name.

This July the nation was horrified as the Aurora Century 16 movie theater was the setting of a massacre that took the lives of 12 and wounded 58.   It was a tragedy that was felt everywhere.   It also left a sting that hit very close to home from many Denver/Aurora families and comic book fans everywhere frequent midnight showings.  Aside from that fact that I live in Denver, am a huge comic fan who is always at midnight showings, I also have a very real connection to the shooting.  I should have been there.

In the first week of July myself and 3 other friends watched the midnight premier of The Amazing Spider-Man.  We were the first in line and first to be seated in theater 9.   Since the price of a ticket was considerably cheaper than most other theaters and it was located in an area that was close to all of my friends (including Riki Takaoka and my girlfriend)  we made plans that night to watch the Dark Knight Rises a few weeks later at Century 16.  I even purchased tickets for the midnight showing.  The big day finally came and up until a few hours before the movie our plans did not change.  It was due to an interesting string of coincidences that we ended up watching the premier in south Denver.  Unfortunately a good friend of mine  who saw Spider-Man with us decided to still watch the movie in Aurora.  Luckily he was able to escape the theater during the massacre.

The next days were very difficult.  My friends, family and I were left shaken and contemplating our own mortality.  Once again I was reminded how precious and uncertain life can be.  It was also the second time in a year that I was able to escape a violent death at the hands of an armed criminal.   As I navigated my way out of the initial shock I began think about my life as a whole.  With the new perspective I gained from the Aurora shooting, I began to see that I was still a long ways off from reaching my goals with Blackout.  I also understood that there is more to life and the projects I took part in.  I always did a project with a bigger idea in mind.  There would be an outcome or some kind of endgame I’d have in mind.  I think in the beginning this helped.  It allowed me to make sure all my efforts and time was being used in a way that would help us grow and get closer to the goal of being a self sustaining business.  Over time this way of doing things slowly sucked the fun and life out of the actual art making process.

I also thought a lot about legacy.  Would I be happy with the body of work that I would leave behind if I were to not wake up the next day?   Deep down I knew the answer was no.  I always assumed there would be more time for me to create that great epic work that I would outlive me.  Once I was able to pay all my bills, do all the hourly projects that put food on my table and finish my marketing campaign there would be time.    I realized that day might never come unless I make it a priority.

So for the first time I’m doing a project that I’m absolutely in love with.  Its a project that I’m doing for the joy of the process, for the joy of the art.  Its something that will allow me to express myself in ways I never could have before.   Not only will this project be spiritually rewarding and healing for me but it will result in a product that is entertaining, inspiring, thought evoking and beautiful.  And in true Blackout Beat fashion, I will be using 10% of this profit generated from this project to fund scholarships that will allow underprivileged children to dance in local folkloriko groups, another artform that is near and dear to me.

Now you know the story that inspired the project.    Read on to see what the project is all about.


Thanks for sticking with me through the long introduction to “A is for Authentic”.

-Marcos Garibay

A is For Authentic:

 A is for Authentic is a graphic novel that is written by Marcos Garibay and features artwork by Riki Takaoka.  The graphic novel is the heart of a gift set that includes an original soundtrack that is entirely produced by Marcos Garibay that features a new latin fusion sound.  The gift set also includes many other exciting contents that include: a sketch book of original artwork, hand made book marks and may other great extras.

The Book:

A is for Authentic chronicles the life, times, and outlandish adventures of Marcos Garibay, a young man with a distorted view of fantasy and reality who is determined to leave his mark on the world.  A is for Authentic is filled with true tales that include heart racing action sequences, tearful moments of pain and loss, a mysterious romance, and the reoccurring  underlying theme that screams “follow your bliss, follow your passion, and expect an adventure!”

Concept art from the books first chapter titled: The Bear Trap

The unbelievable true stories in this graphic novel includes many costumed adventures, hard life lessons about pain, poverty, and inequality, and a section of stories that take place in a period of time that are referred to as “Marcos’ vigilante years.”  Murky swamps surrounded by a gang of angry dirt bikers, life altering midnight rumbles, and various disaster situations that all involve string-pulling animals are just a few of the adventures Marcos’ quest to find his place in the world takes him!

Concept art from another chapter in A is for Authentic by Riki Takaoka.

Meet The Revengers: Marcos' true life family super hero team that is featured in A is for Authentic - Art by Riki Takaoka

Meet The Revengers: Marcos’ true life family super hero team that is featured in A is for Authentic

The Music:

Unlike any other graphic novel project, A is for Authentic is accompanied by an original soundtrack.  This album, with the same title as the book, features 10 brand new recordings produced by Marcos Garibay with assistance from his brother and fellow producer and partner, Armando Garibay.  The Garibay brothers are both halves of The Blackout Beat, one of Denver, Colorado’s leading music production camps who have made a name for themselves with their groundbreaking music that includes the popular performing group, The Circus House.

Marcos Garibay

The sound of the soundtrack is best described with Marcos’ own words.  “It is going to be mainly a Latin album.  There exists a level of Hip Hop, R&B and Dance influence but each track will have a Latin soul.  I think this is appropriate considering the content of the book, especially where the dance group is concerned.”   Bachata, Merengue, Salsa, Reggaeton, Flamenco and Rumba sounds are all elements that Marcos Garibay (with his vocals and a handful of talented upcoming local artists) blends into a fusion that gives the A is for Authentic graphic novel an equally moving and heartfelt musical component.

Who’s behind it? 

Marcos Garibay (Blackout Beat co-founder and producer) beautifully brings to life his words through the vibrant artwork of the stunningly talented Riki Takaoka.  Marcos and Riki both attended the same high school together in Pueblo, Colorado where the two would spend many hours (at the expense of other classes) drawing, dreaming, and laughing in art class.  In the years following high school, Garibay and Takaoka left Pueblo in pursuit of their dreams and over the last decade, they have conquered numerous opportunities that warrant why they are worthy of praise in their respective fields of music and art.   A is for Authentic is a project both Takaoka and Garibay have been excited about for years, seeing it as an exciting opportunity to tell some great true stories in a unique way that entertains and inspires.

Riki Takaoka and Marcos Garibay

Excited??  I sure hopes so because it will be amazing.  If your interested in helping bring this project to life then keep an eye out for our Kickstarter campaign which is going to begin in the next 14 days.


-Marcos and The Blackout Beat

Things to Look Forward to..

19 Oct

We’ve been pretty busy lately. Its a fact. There’s no getting around it. As much as we’d like to be playing Connect Four, Croquette or whatever kids our age are doing these days, we simply don’t have the time. We are artists and we have a business to run. We have projects to finish (and start), events to plan and future accomplishments to boast about. Luckily for us these things that prevent us from participating in things like box car races and hot dog eating contests are also fun to us, in fact its our passion. I guess that’s why it doesn’t seem like we’re missing out on too much. But while we are on the subject on missing out on stuff I thought this would be a good time to let you all know what we have coming up so you don’t miss out. So without further filler/intro text here is our list of things to look forward to:

1. Keep on Dancing, FREE Single Release – Its off the upcoming The Circus House LP and it out now. The upbeat track features Armando’s innovative production laced with the dance ready vocals from Marie Robertson from Story and Clark.  If you don’t have it already then you need to get it. We like it, a lot of people like it and there is a good chance you might like it.

2. Salsa de los Muertos – Salsa de los Muertos is an event we are putting on in Pueblo, Colorado in conjunction with Nano’s Video Services and Garibay Law Office. The evening will feature live music from Fleur de Canna as well as dance lessons from Lucas Pratt and music from The Blackout Beat. Tickets are on sale now for $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Contact 719-671-7297 for info! This is one not to be missed!

3. The Circus House, Digital Release: On November 14th we will release The Circus House for FREE. It will be availible from our website. You will love it.

4. Circus House Event: On December 10th The Blackout Beat will host a concert event in the TAXI 2 building. The $5.00 cover will provide you access to an amazing live performance of The Circus House, a free adult beverage, a free snack and the possibility of more drinks. Guests can also expect a magic/sideshow act courtesy of our friend John Hanson.  Our friends from the Comic Book Classroom will also have a table at the event to let you all know about the awesome work they do and the great things they are working on… Like Denver’s very own Comic Con!

5. FREE Single Release from Reflecshaun’s Love/Hate EP – December. Not gonna give you an exact date but know that its coming. The song is crazy and we are going to show you all what an evolved Reflecshaun sounds like. We are pretty excited about this record.

6. Mr. Collins (Emmett of BKO) Single Release – Also in December. This time we do have a date. Its going to be on the 5th. The single is a song called Mysterious and it will feature a guest appearance from Reflecshaun. This will be a FREE Single as well.

7. Mysterious Music Video – On December 12 we will release a brand spanking new music video for Mysterious. Filming starts this weekend.

8. Reflecshaun’s Love/Hate EP Release – Reflecshaun and The Blackout Beat will release the entire Love/Hate EP in December as a FREE download. Hard copies will also be available for purchase. Date coming soon.

9. Mr. Collins EP Release – We will be releasing the Mr. Collins EP for FREE as well on December 16th. Its pretty damn fantastic.

10. The Blackout’s Beat, A short Film by Marcos Garibay – In November Marcos will release his short film, The Blackout’s Beat. The film is a commercial/documentary hybrid that delves into the sound that Blackout has created, covering its evolution, projects, artists and its future.

11. Marcos’ 5 Part film project – December 2011. Can’t say too much about this one except that it will “allow me to free up the spirit so I can start and complete my own solo project”. Except the project to feature Blackout music as well as an eventual release date(s) and a real description instead of this cryptic and vague one.

So that’s it. Hope that’s enough to impress you. If not then we might have to throw in a few more Salsa events and FREE albums. Oh wait.. there is one more little thing. We have a feature article coming out in the next issue of DeVelo Magazine next month.. The story is pretty good, a much better read than the mess Marvel has made of the X-Men comics lately,

Thanks for reading,

-The Blackout Beat

Blackout Beat Sponsoring Colorado Folklorico Dance Group Tour

19 Jul

Ballet Colores Latinos in their prime.

Its no secret that folklorico dance has played a major role in our past and our past involvement in it is one of the biggest reasons we are wound working in the music industry.  But for those of you who don’t know here is a brief explanation of our folklorico past.  I felt it was important to explain this because it would give you a better idea of how important it is for us to help keep this art form alive.

Many years ago, during our elementary through middle school years, our mother created her own folkorico dance company.  We lived in the small Colorado mountain town of Durango at the time.  It was a culture shock to say the least.  We were used to shopping malls, rush hour traffic and everything else a bustling city could offer.  Durango was the opposite.  We didn’t have many things to do or places to visit.  We didn’t even have cable TV most of the time!  Somewhere in this void of inactivity my mother decided she would start her own folklorico group in Durango.

In her college years my mother spent many hard hours learning this beautiful art form in between studying and participating in protests and building take overs.  After years of being away from dancing she decided that Durango would be a great place to start dancing again.  It started out as a hobby that helped her pass the time and it grew into a passion that ultimately consumed and claimed her life.  My mother’s dance group, Ballet Colores Latinos evolved to a point were we were performing in states outside CO, had dozens of members, a second group in  another town, our own tour bus (camper) and a wall full of newspaper articles and awards.  I think its safe to say that my mother accomplished her goal with the dance group, which was to spread our culture and expose new people to an art form that meant the world to her.  The evidence of this is in the new dance groups that have poped up in the area since we left Durango.  We were the area’s first and only group during our years.

For me the group meant so much more than spreading culture.  It became our extend family.  Most of my memories of the dance group involve great meals with members of the dance group, goofing off during practice or playing after practice.  But most importantly, being a dancer in my mother’s folklorico group introduced me to dancing, performing and music.  I can honestly say that there wouldn’t be a Blackout Beat if it wasn’t for Ballet Colores Latinos.

So with that said, I’d like to announce that we are sponsoring a multi state tour for Pueblo,Colorado dance group Ballet Folklorico

Ballet Folklorico Huehuecoyotl.

Huehuecoyotl.  The fairly new group founded by Celina Martinez, has been doing large scale performances in Pueblo for the last few years.  Her elaborate productions incorporated dancers and musicians from Mexico as well as other local groups.  The quality and professionalism of her performances is both refreshing and inspiring.  Celina’s ambition is also reminiscent of my mother, the late Ramona Garibay.  Although we no longer dance folklorico we do support this art from and those who are in the business of taking it to new places.   Its for those reasons that we are sponsoring Celina’s summer tour that includes stops in Denver, Greeley, CO, Manhattan KS, Topeka, KS and Pueblo,CO.   In addition to financial support  The Blackout Beat and Garibay Law will be providing audio commercials, graphic work, out of state promotion and in state promotion.  For more on the tour please visit http://www.balletfolkloricohuehuecoyotl.com for more info!


Why our Dad is a Hero

7 Jun

Family pic taken during the hight of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles craze.

I said a few weeks ago on my Facebook that my father, Guillermo is a hero.  I have my own reasons why he is my hero, but I’m talking about how he is a hero to other, a hero to hard working people who need a strong voice to fight for them.  I asked my father to write me a feature for our blog where he talks about a recent court battle he won that saved an entire family.  That’s serious and its a story that should be told.

But first a little background on my father.  He currently resides in Pueblo, Colorado where he has his private practice, Garibay Law.  He specializes in immigration law and criminal defense.  He paid his dues as

My father showing off a photo that depicts his rich history of fighting for the people while not accidently firing off a gun in the court room.

a welder, construction worker (and several other non glamorous and physically taxing jobs) before he became a public defender.  After 25 years as a public defender (working all through Colorado) he retired (not really) and started his private practice.  Aside from his work my father, Guillemro’s other passion is cycling.  He’s raced competively for years.  Its still not uncommon for my father to ride over a hundred miles on his bike on one Saturday afternoon!  Yea.. I can’t even drive that much without getting tired or pulled over.  Despite breaking his neck, back, leg and wearing a halo for several months  (all this happened within the last 4 years) he still continues to ride.  He even did a race in the jungles of Costa Rica after he healed from his broken neck and back.  Insane.  The last thing I wanted to say to help paint the picture of the man that my father is that he is our biggest supporter.  My brother and I are truly blessed to have a father that courageously stepped up to the plate and took on the roles of both mother and father after we lost our mom back in 1998.  Not only did he encourage us to follow our dreams but he became a part of them!  I can’t even begin to name all the ways he’s helped us but I can say that we wouldn’t be where we are if it wasn’t for him.

Me pretending to be a lawyer. "ok... so lets's just make sure we got this right. The buy one get one free coupon is only valid if I use it before the end of the month?"

I was about to move forward but I forgot to mention his Salsa dancing.  I think I would have to fight my father (street fighter style) if I didn’t mention this.  This is his other passion which actually is something that stems from my mother’s love of music and dance.  My father is almost single handedly responsible for bringing Salsa to Pueblo and keeping it alive for almost a decade. Through this he has earned the nickname  “Don Guillermo”  and as “Don Guillermo” my father continues to be the center of attention and affection from women who enjoy salsa.

That girl came to the party with me but ended up leaving with my dad. 😦

So now that I have painted a pretty good picture of the man my father is I’ll let him tell his story about the case where he saved a family.


Welcome to Cheraw.

No Cheraw is not in Arizona!  This small southeastern Colorado town rallied to the defense of a Mexican immigrant woman (mother of two US citizen children) facing deportation!  Ten residents of this tiny rural Colorado town braved the 400 mile round trip from Cheraw, Colorado to a Denver Immigration Court deportation hearing to show their support for and testify on behalf of the Mexican immigrant woman and her children.  She had applied for cancellation of removal, which required among other things, a showing that her US citizen children would suffer extreme and exceptional hardship, if she was deported.  At the deportation hearing the school superintendent, the special education teacher, the principal and others testified as to the tremendous progress her children had made in the schools and how the whole community of Cheraw stood to suffer if these children were taken away by their mother’s deportation.

It is safe to say at this deportation hearing, that no one expected to hear a story of academic success for these children, who were being raised in a poor, single parent family, with a non-English speaking parent.  It is also safe to say, that no one expected to see an entire rural community come to fight for and to defend this Mexican family, the way the Cheraw community did.  The immigration judge knew early on that this was a very special story, when he or she heard how:  the drop out rate in Cheraw was 0%,  how the youngest of the her children  was doing well in main stream classes, even though he was found eligible for special education, how even though the family had no money/community members came up with money so they could participate in extracurricular activities, how both her sons had the expectation that they would graduate from college,  and how when times where tough/community members somehow made sure the family’s propane tank was full.

The hearing concluded and the case was continued for two weeks for a ruling by the court on the cancellation application.   Two weeks later, nervous does not describe my feeling knowing what was at stake with the judge’s decision.  There had been testimony that deportation would result in the family having to return to Chihuahua City, a city in the middle of the drug cartel war.  There was evidence the only place they had to go to in Mexico was a tiny house, they would share with an uncle addicted to drugs.  The tension became worse as the judge appeared to be still struggling to make her decision.  She stated how this was a heart wrenching case, but then she talked about her respect for Homeland Security, who opposed the cancellation request.  She described how high the standard was and how difficult it is to meet the burden of exceptional and extreme hardship.  Then she talked about how this was a special case and the unusual and overwhelming community support shown for my client and her family.  Then she expressed her concern of being overturned by an appeal court, if she granted the relief.

Then still in the middle of making her ruling, she asked the attorney from the Department of Homeland Security, if they were still in opposition to the request for cancellation.  The attorney who was present was a different attorney and not the attorney who had been present for the original evidentiary hearing.  He stated he did not know much about the case, but he felt obligated to continue with their objection.  He then requested to go off the record and he may or may not have made some comment, “that there was not much likelihood of DHS appealing the judge’s decision to grant the cancellation of removal.”  The judge then says something to the affect of  “Let’s do this then” and she then goes back on the record and grants the relief, meaning the mom is not deported and her children can continue with their American dream.

The family and friends from their town who came to vouch for them in court.

What message(s) do we take from this?  There are many, including:

  • How fortunate these children were to have the mother that they did,
  • How it really does take a village to raise a child, in this case Cheraw,
  • In these “Arizona times,”  not everyone is buying into the racist and anti-immigrant hysteria we hear so much about,
  • The legal system can work the way it should, when the community makes its presence felt,
  • Last but not least, sometimes as a lawyer you can impact people’s lives for the better!

-Guillermo Garibay (father of Armando and Marcos)