Local Indie rock/alternative band Jacocha is fresh out of the womb but are already stacking up the accolades. Jacocha won an award from a local radio station for best local band and also took top honors in a local bar’s Battle of the Bands competition all within the short four months they have been a together. The group is made up of five members: Beth Purvis (cello), Chaz Puett (guitar), Danny Castillo (drums), Jacob Griego (vocals, guitar and keys) and Leif Guillermo (bass). The group formed after Griego and Puett began writing music together.


From left: Beth Purvis, Jacob Griego, Leif Guillermo, and Chaz Puett hold an acoustic jam session at the UNM music department where Purvis is studying for her bachelor’s in music. Jacocha’s major influences include Red Hot Chile Peppers and Incubus.