Boulder Theater Hosts Sensational Boombox Cartel Set

Boombox Cartel and SUAHN put on a show at Boulder Theater this past weekend. Unfortunately, Great Dane was unable to make it. He was originally on the lineup, however, he announced in a tweet on Thursday that he would not be able to make it due to feeling sick. “Heartbroken to announce I Won’t be able to play in Portland or Boulder this weekend.” The Tweet starts. “Was feeling trash all week so I wanted to be safe and get tested…”, He continued. Unfortunate as it may be, Great Dane seems to be doing the right thing for the people in attendance.

Boulder Theater was still in high spirits with more and more people coming in as each song played. SUAHN took the stage first to get the crowd active. He blends elements of acid, techno, and bass-driven music. In 2021 SAUHN managed to gain the attention of big-name artists such as Louis the Child, Liquid Stranger, and Boombox Cartel. Because of this, It makes sense that he would cover for Great Dane tonight by opening for Boombox Cartel. His sound fit in well with the evening.

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With this in mind, Let’s talk about Boombox Cartel‘s sound. While the two-man project consists of both music producer Americo Garcia and writer Jorge Medina, Americo was the only one of the pair in attendance tonight. No stranger to a crowded room his enthusiastic presence on stage was easy to watch. That, blended with his playlist for the evening made this a great show to attend. Furthermore, the duo recently released a new EP titled “The Cartel II,” A follow-up to his successful 2017 release of the same name. Because of this, they’re sure to keep up the rise in popularity. Be sure to catch them at an upcoming show if you get the opportunity. Or check them out in one of the links below!

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Yung Gravy Smothers The Boulder Theater With Comedy And Passionate Energy

Yung Gravy Smothers The Boulder Theater With Comedy And Passionate Energy

Yung Gravy Smothers the Boulder Theater with Comedy and Passionate Energy

If one word was, to sum up, Yung Gravy’s performance at the Boulder Theater on November 2nd, 2021, it would most definitely be lighthearted. The artist from Rochester, Minnesota wasted no time showing a relaxed, yet childlike presence on stage. He truly delivered a memorable performance in front of a vibrant audience.

Matthew Hurai, better known as Yung Gravy has been a professional hip-hop artist since 2016. He broke into stardom back in 2018 thanks to social media platform giant, SoundCloud, who helped promote his first platinum-certified single, “Mr. Clean”. Since then, Yung Gravy has performed and sold out several shows across the U.S. As well, he has an upcoming debut tour in Europe next year. His unique sound pairs 1950s oldies music as well as 1970s soul music with modern, trap-infused beats.

To start off the evening, Yung Gravy’s DJ, Tiiiip, appeared before a rowdy crowd of predominantly energetic Boulder students. He mixed together popular songs from a variety of eras, including Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’” and Miley Cyrus’ “Party in the U.S.A.”, to hype up the eager audience.    

Shortly after Tiiiip’s solo set, Yung Gravy approached the stage in a calm, yet collective manner as hundreds of spectators screamed with uncaged excitement. The stage lights dazzled on Yung Gravy as he opened his set with his funk-laced banger, “Gravy Train”. He directly followed up with his breakout hit, “Mr. Clean”, which ironically coordinated with his soothing voice that echoed through the speakers in between songs. 

Aside from how Yung Gravy portrayed himself as a performing artist that night, seeing him humbly portray himself as a person became an intriguing part of his set. Throughout the set, he discussed his perennial love for sports, which energized the college football-crazed crowd. To play along with Yung Gravy, Tiiiip enthusiastically threw on the NFL on Fox theme, as a wave of kids jumped up and down with excitement. Yung Gravy also portrayed his friendly demeanor when he let his DJ and his producer rhyme with him on stage during select songs. Yung Gravy displayed his romantic and softer side, as he gracefully tossed roses that were directed towards the younger women in the crowd.

To settle down his vivacious spectators, he performed sentimental songs like “Charlene” and established a more soothing mood to his set in contrast to the vibrant club anthems that he started the show with. 

Conclusion

Aside from his musical performances, Yung Gravy’s infamous on-stage segments were the most unforgettable part of his set. These sudden antics consisted of jovial throws of both water bottles and carrot cake into the audience. Shortly after supplying the audience with perishables, he proceeded to show off an unexplained tattoo of Martha Stewart’s name inked on his upper shoulder before performing his song with the famous Food Network’s star name in the title.

Yung Gravy’s merry persona may make him one of hip-hop’s funniest live performers, but his passionate and fan-appreciative performance on-stage that night in Boulder was no joke. With joyful energy that distinctly matched the power of his tender heartbeat, he not only showed that he was a talented performing artist but showed that he was a master at crowd control as well.

Hurai’s performance style resonates with fans not only in the hip-hop community but also connects with fans that carry eclectic tastes in music. For that reason, his live performances, such as this one, are the coating to mainstream hip-hop’s turkey. With this type of charismatic performance, he likely won’t be leaving the music industry alone anytime soon.

The Energy Is Building For MALAA’s Return To Colorado This Thursday

Who Is MALAA?

Attention house music lovers: this one is for you! In just a few days, MALAA is bringing The Americano Fall tour to Boulder, Colorado. This Thursday, October 14th, the Boulder Theater will come alive with MALAA‘s high-energy, groove-worthy house music.

MALAA is an insanely talented producer and DJ from Paris, France who keeps his identity concealed by always donning a black balaclava. Some of his early tracks, including “Notorious“, led him to quickly gain serious traction in the scene. In addition to regularly posting his Who Is MALAA mixes on Soundcloud, MALAA has continued to release music that draws everyone’s attention. For example, his most recent release is a collaboration with DJ Snake titled “Pondicherry“.

MALAA is part of Tchami‘s Confession Label and has traveled the globe touring with the Pardon My French crew (Tchami, DJ Snake, Mercer, and MALAA). Meanwhile, he also does plenty of solo tours and festival performances as well. In fact, he just recently performed at Beyond Wonderland at The Gorge in Washington.

The Highly Anticipated Return

Finally, MALAA is making his way back to Colorado. This show has become highly, highly anticipated after he wasn’t able to make it to the Mission Ballroom in July. He explained in a tweet (that is now deleted) that he wasn’t able to make it into the country due to certain restrictions involving his visa. To clarify, the situation was not anything that he could control, so he had to work with being delayed getting into the US and adjust his tour schedules. Luckily, DJ Snake was able to throw down an amazing show regardless, but there was no B2B as expected.

The Boulder Theater is located on 14th Street, near the Pearl Street Mall. This beautiful venue caps off at 850 attendees and is complete with a balcony for elevated viewing. Boulder locals HARVE b2b KAEGI, GANO, and Ryne Cunningham will be opening up the night and getting the crowd ready for MALAA.

Current COVID Policy

Currently, everyone entering the venue needs to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19. According to the event’s ticket page, their COVID policy is as follows:

“All attendees are required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination. Masks encouraged between sips and bites. Attendees will be required to show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination (14 days after the second vaccine) with a matching valid ID to enter our venues. Children ages 2-11 will not need proof of vaccination, but will be required to wear masks while in the venue. All working staff are vaccinated and will be wearing masks. A photo or digital copy of your vaccination card will be accepted.”

The Countdown Begins

House heads, it is not too early to start preparing for this crazy show! Get some rest, start hydrating now, and practice your dance moves. The energy in the venue is going to be absolutely electric. It’s been a few months since MALAA wasn’t able to perform in Denver, so we can’t wait for his glorious return to Colorado! Do you think he has any surprises up his sleeve?

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Get To Know Wreckno Before His Upcoming Colorado Shows

Brandon Wisniski, who goes by the name Wreckno, is an insanely talented electronic music producer and DJ. Brandon was born and raised in a small town in Michigan, and currently resides in Indianapolis. This young producer is only twenty-five years old and has already seen monumental success within multiple facets of his life. In addition to gaining a massive following musically, he’s also become a huge inspiration to the LGBTQ+ community.

Wreckno continues to make a safe space for queer individuals through his music and overall message. Tracks like “Medusa” with fellow queer icon, GRiZ, have become anthems for anyone in the LGBTQ+ community. Furthermore, these tracks do an amazing job of showing acceptance and making the electronic music scene a safe space for everyone.

While 2020 was a quiet year for many, Wreckno continued to stay busy by releasing new tunes and merchandise as well as performing at various events. This month, Wreckno is making his long-awaited return to Colorado for a four-night run. On March 17th and 18th, he’ll be at the Boulder Theater. Then, he’ll be at Cervantes Masterpiece on March 19th and 20th.

Party Guru Press was recently extremely lucky to get to ask Brandon a few questions via email. Keep reading to learn about Brandon’s music, his connection to the LGBTQ+ community, and what he has in the works for this year. Plus, he tells us what to expect at his upcoming Colorado shows.

Music With A Message

Kierstin Rounsefell (Party Guru Press): For anyone who has not heard your music yet, how would you describe its sound and feel? What track best showcases this?

Brandon Wisniski (Wreckno): That’s a great question! I would say it’s a tie between “Medusa” & “FTSU“! “Medusa” has the loud and proud message that I’m trying to show the world, while “FTSU” has a different underground sound that I’m really trying to push into the forefront.

There are so many unknown talents that exist in the underground bass scene and working with awesome people like Ujuu and Jordnmoody on tracks like “FTSU” makes my heart happy. There is sOOOOO much more music of all different types to come though. I wanna do it all!


Your track “Medusa” with GRiZ absolutely blew up once it was released. What inspired you and Grant to come together and make this bangin’ anthem?

Well Grant and I had been friends for about a year when he asked me to work with him on a track! He already had the intro and first verse written and saw me as the right voice for the song. It still does NOT feel real at all!

Being a native Michigander, I literally grew up driving 8+ hours round trip in a night just to catch one night of GRiZmas……to make a song that embodies everything I believe in as a proud queer human is something I will truly cherish forever. I can’t thank him enough for having me along.

You and your music have really connected to those in the LGBTQ+ community. How does it feel being able to empower your listeners to be themselves and love who they are?

It feels surreal, and extremely humbling. Growing up in the middle of nowhere Northern Michigan as a queer kid that came out by 14 was an experience that shaped me into the person I am today. I craved queer idols, I craved queer media or at least someone to look up to that would show me that being queer is normal and something to be cherished.

I found that in Gaga initially, as I know so many others did. As I got older though, I got into artists like Mykki Blanco, Brooke Candy, and CakesDaKilla, which were all amazing representations of what it’s like to put your middle finger up with your art and show your pride without flinching.

Getting into the EDM scene later on was a lot different because it still is mostly dominated by cis-hetero white men. Trying to find a queer idol in mainstream EDM was at one point damn near impossible, and I’m so glad that we’re moving forward from those times. When Grant came out I felt so thankful because as a fan I’d just been waiting for SOMEONE to wave their pride flag high.

To have ended up making one of the most queer forward songs of 2020 (in my opinion lol) with him, while being able to give other LGBTQ+ folks new artists they can look up to and see some part of themselves in….it’s just mind-boggling. I would have lost my SHIT over “Medusa” as a 15-year-old. That’s what’s so amazing to me.

2020: “The Mental Shit Storm Of A Pandemic”

Throughout 2020, you’ve performed at both drive-ins and virtual shows. What has been your favorite part about these new types of shows?

Being able to blast music real loud while dancing my ass off during the mental shit storm of a pandemic. 🙂


What is the biggest difference that you notice performing a live stream set compared to performing for a live audience?

I feed off a crowd’s energy and will get more into it as I see they are reacting…. with streaming I really feel like I just be standing there til it’s over.


Who or what has kept you motivated this last year?

My friends and fellow collaborators most definitely!


What does a typical day-in-the-life look like for you? Has your routine changed much compared to before quarantine started?

Oh girl……I wish I had a great answer but some days I have soccer mom on crack level productivity, and other days I’m just a literal ball of human shit. There is no in between. I wish there was!

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I saw that you’ve started to get back into incorporating movement into your daily life (dance and flow/hooping). How did your love for dance and flow help to kickstart your love for the music scene?

Well I was a dancer before even getting into flow culture, so once I tried it in 2014 it all kinda came naturally. I’ve put it to the side for a long time due to some personal stuff as well as shifting my focus to making it in music. I love being able to still pick up my hoops and crush a bit tho. 🙂

What’s Up Next?

Congrats on signing with Paradigm! What are you looking forward to most as being one of their artists?

Ahhhhh thank you! I am just really hoping I can do them proud! I’m honored to be part of such an immense list of talents they have under their wings.


What goals do you have for 2021? What do you hope to accomplish?

I really just want to keep creating stuff that makes my heart happy, with people that I care for. The rest will come if I just focus my energy there I believe.


When can listeners expect to hear new music?

There should be a few feature tracks dropping in March with some baddie friends of mine. 😉

Do you have any exciting merch drops coming up?

We just did the Mean Girls inspired shirts with Soundwave, so we’ll be taking a break for a little bit! But should have something new cooked up by mid-spring!


We are so excited to welcome you back to Colorado next month! What can those lucky enough to attend these shows expect? Do you have anything special planned?

Well I have a very special SOPHIE inspired segment of a set planned. Rest In Peace SOPHIE. Other than that I will be playing a lot of unreleased and new tunes, doing some reaction tests. 😉

Final Thoughts

Would you like to give any words of advice, or motto, to encourage others to remember going into 2021?

Follow your heart into the places that you TRULY feel loved. Don’t waste time trying to be something you’re not….Oh and stop falling for straight guys if you’re gay, it’s not worth it.


Is there anything else that you’d like mentioned that hasn’t yet been discussed?

Well I’m Gay so…..there is that.


Final question, would you consider yourself a Party Guru?

Girl…..I am THE PARTY. They have guru’s about me. Period.

Conclusion

Wreckno is an incredible human being, producer, and DJ. He helps to create a space where everyone can feel safe, accepted, beautiful, and loved for exactly who they are. His music is upbeat and inspirational, along with his overall message.

This month, Wreckno is making his way back to Colorado for four nights of seated, socially-distanced events. We are so excited to welcome him back to the bass capital! To keep updated with everything Wreckno, follow him on his social media accounts listed below.

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Space Jesus Takes Colorado Through the Wormhole

Space Jesus

Halloween in Colorado this weekend was–literally–out of this world. Space Jesus, aka Jasha Tull, blessed Wakaan lovers with three consecutive nights of mind-warping bass–sending you to space. Jasha is a Boulder resident himself, and kicked off night one locally at The Boulder Theatre. Nights two and three were at the Ogden and BlueBird in Denver. 

Through the Wormhole

Jasha Tull is originally from New Jersey and started producing at a young age, around 16. Since then, he has effectively delivered mind-blowing auditory at lower frequencies. If you are at all familiar with his music,  you know the diversity of his sounds and how unique the combination is. He steps outside the limits of specific genres developing an undefined, experimental bass. In short, the live performances Jasha puts on are one of a kind. The psychedelic visuals in tune with his music change the whole game. So, if you ever have the chance to catch one of his sets, be sure not to miss it. Jasha previously stated, “Space Jesus is the feeling you get when you travel through a wormhole in a fresh pair of Jordans.”  In the Wakaan community, that statement is actually true, it’s a funny feel-good feeling. 

Space Jesus

Huxley Anne

The night opened up with producers Digital Vagabond, MZG, and Huxley Anne. Huxley Anne, who is dating Space Jesus, killed it! She threw down those weird – grimy – deep – wubz we all love to hear. Her visuals were also something else. For example, the 3D grids switching back and forth with the metallic glitching glob dripping around really kept your eyes glued to the visuals. She definitely knew her crowd and how to please us. Her vibe was dark and intense but fit the scene perfectly.

MZG

MGZ Twins

MZG was on right before Huxley Anne. It was quickly noticed that they were a twin brother duo, pretty sick. Above all, they had high energy levels which was great and contagious to the crowd. In other words, every track they threw down was a headbanger, and riddim was for sure present. Overall their set was dope; I think having the variety of genres throughout the night made it a very interesting, interactive experience.

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Space Jesus Dominates

Space Jesus was ready to dominate us. That is to say, after the first 30 seconds my brain was obliterated by the bass. We were transported into another dimension and it was the greatest feeling ever. A highlight of the night was hearing “I’m Having Trouble Passin’ Blunts… Through These Brass Knuckles!” get dropped and seeing everyone’s filthy bass faces turning at each other, just loosing it. We have been waiting forever for this to get released, please give it to us! (The wooks cannot wait any longer.) Also, Jasha made sure to provide those spooky Halloween feels by dropping Figure‘s remix of “This Is Halloween.”

The lasers in combination with the visuals and swirling lights created a hypnotic feeling. Another thing I love about Space Jesus is his humor. The visuals during “Professor Genius” made the entire crowd giggle, and the crazy eyeballs rolling around with “Space Boss” were just so weird. But that’s okay because we love weird. Yasha is always showing love to the Wakaan fam, including clips from other amazing artists; such as Peekaboo’s “Babatunde”, and the numerous collaborations with the Wakaan King, Liquid Stranger. Cause who doesn’t get down to that? After that, the night concluded with a mean B2B2B, bringing Huxley Anne and MZG back on stage. They mixed in a bit of upbeat hiphop and closed out with the filth.

MZG, Space Jesus, and Huxley Anne

Deeper Connections

To sum up, Space Jesus‘s Colorado Halloween Weekend was a success. Space Jesus is never one to disappoint. He always prepares a special sets for his people. Pouring his time, energy, and heart into every bit of it. For instance, just yesterday he presented his “ALT” set (Alternate Listening Test). This was to experiment with music he holds deep to his heart, aiming to create an emotional and deep connection. Like I said earlier, his shows are one of a kind. Once you experience this, you understand why people chase this feeling at all of these shows.

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A Message From Kalya Scintilla

Kalya Scintilla is an Australian music producer with a unique sound that carries a story. He creates art with a message. Kalya Scintilla’s sound is a combination of warm, natural frequencies and tribal sounds. This sound creates a form of psychedelic electronic music. He creates a primal, ancestral earth-bass sound. Many have described Kayla Scintilla’s music to be “a universal, shamanic journey through planet earth straight from his heart”. That is exactly what it is. Kalya Scintilla has several albums available on Spotify and Soundcloud.

In 2012, he started to collaborate with Eve Olution to create his debut album Dance the Spiral Never Ending and Open Ancient Eyes. These albums epitomize human creation and the connection to planet Earth. Prior to his collaboration with Eve Olution,Kalya Scintilla started touring in the West Coast of the United States in 2011. More and more, he has gained a following as he creates music that embodies the human spirit.

A Message From Kalya Scintilla

A Thought-Provoking Production

Kalya Scintilla opened with urban-like visuals of large corporate buildings, heavy traffic, and busy cities. That transitioned to visuals of nature and lush forests cut down, further destroyed by human beings. This contrast exemplified a commentary on climate change and a disconnection from humanity. The crowd engaged into Kayla Scintilla’s message while dancers, beautiful women dressed in costumes, entered the stage. Indeed, these women were very diverse and dressed as different deities. This message came across as addressing a divine feminine energy that has been suppressed for generations. Indeed, the purpose of Kalya Scintilla’s music is to spread the message of love, connection, and to shine light on the destruction of the Earth. Combined together these provide a thought-provoking melodic harmonious bass.

Kalya Scintilla had an incredible production at the Boulder Theater. There were visuals projected on the sides of the theater of forests and fractal images, as well as an amazing story-line production on stage. Not only was this production detailed and unique, but it was extremely thoughtful. Everything from fractal images of nature, to the pens decorated with branches at the bar demonstrated a message that entailed more than just music, but a story and deep seeded connection to the sounds and images presented. Everyone in the crowd was dressed in costumes for his production and showed up with passion and enthusiasm to listen and feel the emotions Kalya Scintilla embodies in his music.

Conclusion

Kalya Scintilla made for an intimate experience at the Boulder Theater. In addition, the small venue allowed the crowd to fully engage with his message. Finally, at the end of the show, Kalya Scintilla expressed immense gratitude for creation and expression through all forms of art and for the engagement of the crowd. The dancers appeared once more as well as everyone that took part in the production. Kalya Scintilla will be performing across the country with Shpongle on the Gaian Code Tour. They will be playing in New Orleans, Kansas City, Portland, San Fransisco, Denver, Chicago, and New York City. Be sure to take part in this journey and message that Kalya Scintilla translates, it is an unforgettable experience!

A Message From Kalya Scintilla
A Message From Kalya Scintilla

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Haunted House Music: Malaa at the Boulder Theater

On Friday the 13th, a masked man entered the Boulder Theater, preparing to give house music fans ear-splitting, haunted beats. That man’s name: Malaa. Last Friday was horribly spooky, as well as unapologetically grimey. With support from local artists Haasy and Derdy Harry, Boulder Theater was not only a temple of house music, but also bass music. While the identity of Malaa is still unknown, his notorious style isn’t. He made sure to keep impressing his fans until this infamously haunted night ended.

Haasy and Derdy Harry Open up the Night

First to play on the stage was the artist Haasy, who showed the crowd some crafty deep house mixing. Though the night was just beginning, the crowd’s vibration was horribly spirited. It was pretty much what you would expect on a harvest moon. The Aspen native, and self taught guitar player kept the energy uplifting as he would switch between deep and bass house. He even included his newest single “In Da Club,”also featuring NEVERGLOW and Syrenne. Boulder is a known city for many producers that have managed to obtain huge fan bases. It seems that Haasy and Derdy Harry aren’t too far from that image.

Derdy Harry, a producer local to Denver, maintained the liveliness as he offered direct support for Malaa. Derdy Harry likes to describe himself as an artist that makes a “fun mix between bass and tech house,” and that’s certainly the show he put on for those in Boulder. He dropped his track “My Speakers,” as well as a plethora of unreleased originals, which should be coming very soon. As the night progressed, the crowd filed in, filling up the floor in true house club spirit. As the temperature inside rose, so was the heat of Derdy Harry’s production. Soon enough, it was time for the legend himself.

Malaa Plays Some Haunted House Music

Malaa is one of the most established house artists in the EDM scene to date. The last time he was in Colorado, he was co-headlining Red Rocks with the Pardon My French group that includes DJ Snake, Tchami, and Mercer. Having him back at an intimate venue was nothing but a treat. Malaa is known to fuse future house and deep house to give an essence of musical darkness that was perfect for this seemingly haunted Friday the 13th.

He didn’t hesitate to drop bangers, which included his new collab with Rezz, as well as the Pardon My French hit “Made in France”. His set also included several VIPs of his most popular songs like “Notorious” and “Bling Bling,” as well as a recent release “Revolt,” featuring Jacknife. Malaa’s ominous sound paired well with a striking light show of syncopated lasers. A simple screen sat behind him as well. This helped maintain focus on the musical experience he was creating. With a bottle of Jack Daniels in his hand and a cigarette in his mouth, Malaa was a classic image of dastardly beat-making that fans have come to love him by.

Conclusion

Any night centered around house music is a good one. This haunted Friday the 13th in Boulder did not disappoint as well. Lucky enough for fans, Haasy is putting on another show at the Fox Theatre on September 18th. Derdy Harry doesn’t have any more show dates yet, but is part of a Boulder based collective New Something Records, which showcases events around the area. And the house icon himself — Malaa, just played at the Insomniac festival Nocturnal Wonderland. He will also be hitting Paris, and then Freaky Deaky Festival in the next couple weeks. If you’re looking to taste a little bit more house music soon, get the scoop on local events happening near you, and make sure to follow Party Guru Productions on social media.

Haunted House Music: Malaa at Boulder Theater
MALAA- Friday the 13th

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