OPIUO Returns to Colorado in 4 day run at The Aggie and Boulder Theater April 13-16th with Canabliss, A Hundred Drums, Krushendo, MZG, Graymattr, and Phyrphyr

Opiuo Returns to Colorado in 4 day run at The Aggie and Boulder Theater April 13-16th with Canabliss, A Hundred Drums, Krushendo, MZG, Graymattr, and Phyrphyr

Opiuo Returns to Colorado with an epic 4 day run at The Aggie in Fort Collins on April 13th and 14th and Boulder Theater in Boulder on April 15th and 16thh with Cannabliss, A Hundred Drums, Krushendo, MZG, Graymattr, and Phyrphyr presented by Party Guru Productions and The Rooster.

Opiuo with the Syzergy Orechestral at Red Rocks

Opiuo has been making waves in Colorado since his absolutely legendary Red Rocks show with Sunsquabi and The Syzergy Orchestra which was a New Zealand collaboration of classical musicians that came out and played with Opiuo in an absolutely legendary flex of classical love and bass music coming together in a beautiful orchestra. He has also headlined Sonic Bloom in recent memory and is one of our favorite shows to see.

He is joined by Canabliss who has a recent EP release with WAKAAN and A Hundred Drums as direct support who has been on tour with REZZ recently, played Red Rocks with Zeds Dead, and released an EP with Zeds Dead’s label.

A Hundred Drums on a tour stop with REZZ

The openers include MZG who recently announced a show opening for Big Gigantic at Red Rocks, Krushendo who recently headlined Cervantes Otherside and opened up for ILLENIUM two days at X Games, graymattr who recently headlined The Aggie in Fort Collins in May, and Phyrphyr who is known for shows with Manic Focus recently.

4/13 – Tickets for Opiuo /w A Hundred Drums & Krushendo at Aggie Theatre in Fort Collins – Use code PartyHere

4/14 – Opiuo /w Cannabliss & Graymatter at The Aggie Theater in Fort Collins

4/15 – Tickets for Opiuo /w Canabliss & Phyr at Boulder Theater in Boulder

4/16 – Tickets for Opiuo /w Megan Hamilton & MZG at Boulder Theater in Boulder

Moontricks and Friends Bring the Funk Back to Denver

Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom has been a landmark in Denver’s music scene for decades. Earlier this year, Cervantes partnered with River Beats to bring SHIFT Thursdays, weekly events that are focused on electronic music. Last week, Cervantes opened both sides of the venue for a special SHIFT Thursday, featuring Moontricks as the headliner alongside an impressive line-up of talented performers. In the Ballroom, Mikey Thunder, Melody Lines, and KR3TURE performed while Louie Letdown, MIDIcinal, Derlee, and Motifv played on The Otherside.

The Otherside

Opening on The Otherside, Louie Letdown came out. Louie is a rapper and producer from Denver who has come up through the local music scene. He uplifted the crowd with his lyrics, setting an exciting tone for the rest of the night. 

Following Louie Letdown, MIDIcinal took the stage.MIDIcinal is a Denver-based electronic-funk producer who has captured the attention of the EDM community. He got everyone grooving to his upbeat rhythms and bass lines, accompanied by instrumental features.

AfterMIDIcinal, Derlee‘s set followed. The Pittsburgh-based producer captivated his audience with his innovative style of electronic music that combines calming melodies with dubstep and hip-hop influences.

Next, fans swarmed to Cervantes’ Otherside to see Motifv’s first headlining set. The breakout artist showcased his classic funky style, complete with old-school record scratching, guitar solos, and flawless transitions. He closed his set with unreleased songs leaving us in anticipation of new music.

The Ballroom

To start the night off, Mikey Thunder opened in the Ballroom. He is another Denver local who has grown through the city’s music scene to establish himself as a reputable producer.Mikey Thunder got the night started with his genre-blending style that combines electronic music with funk, jazz, and hip-hop. 

Next, Melody Lines took to the stage, bringing refreshing electro-soul to the party. Vinny Crippen, from The Mile High Sound Movement, played guitar and Nick Hadden played drums as the Denver-based duo dazzled the crowd. The band jammed to their funky bass sounds and psychedelic synthesizers, adding saxophone and other live instruments throughout the performance. 

Afterward, Moontricks drew a large crowd to the Ballroom as the band took the stage. The Canadian duo excited the audience when they opened with some of their hit songs, including “Mountains” and “Home. The chemistry between the pair was undeniable as they showcased their signature style of music that combines elements of EDM with bluegrass and folk, complete with guitar, harmonica, and banjo solos. The crowd went wild when they announced their upcoming debut album. Their set came to an end after they broughtKR3TURE on stage to jam with them on the guitar.

Last but not least, KR3TURE took over the stage next.KR3TURE is a producer from Santa Cruz who is known for his unique style of electronic music that features live instruments on top of soothing soundscapes. He closed the night on a high note as he wowed everyone with his impressive one-man-band performance.

Conclusion

SHIFT Thursdays have become home to Denver’s electronic music lovers. These events give artists a chance to showcase their talent in a supportive and open-minded environment and allow locals to experience high-quality music from all subgenres of EDM on a regular basis. 

We cannot wait until Moontricks returns to Denver. Until then, Stay tuned to Party Guru to hear about all the exciting events coming up!

Photos by Brandon Colby

Lespecial, Sqwerv, 3420, and DJ Mongo Coming To Cervantes This Thursday

Shift Thursday’s – Cervantes Brings The Heat

Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom is a music venue located in downtown Denver. Since its grand opening in 2003, they have hosted many artists including Pretty Lights, STS9, Warren Haynes, and more. The venue is a true treat to all Denver music fans, and remains of of the most beloved venues in Colorado. Cervantes consists of the main ballroom area, and is connected to its smaller venue counterpart called The Other Side. Many shows are held simultaneously, giving guests the opportunity to enjoy both sides of the venue. New to Cervantes is Shift Thursday’s, which are new music events which occur each Thursday of the week.

In the last year or so, Cervantes introduced SHIFT Thursdays. These events focus on various sub-genres of electronic music. Some of the artists who have graced the stages at these weekly events include INZO, Supertask, Russ Liquid, Sully, The Crystal Method, and more! The venue has a capacity of 900 for the main ballroom at 500 for the Other Side. The venue will be operating at full capacity this Thursday.

The Lineup This Thursday

This Thursday, December 2nd, concertgoers are in for a treat. lespecial, Sqwerv, 3420, and DJ Mongo will be slaying the main ballroom stage. The headliner lespecial is a trio and hails from Boston. Their music consists of what they call “aggressive death-funk dance”. They perform very energetic live sets. Back in October, they released their official music video for their single Repeater.” We certainly hope this electro-beat song is played on Thursday. Next, Sqwerv is a band which consists of four members. They are sure to have you dancing and grooving with their psychedelic soundscapes and melodious pop choruses. Be sure to buy your tickets soon. This will be a show with great vibes all around! Click here to buy your tickets. 

Proof of Vaccination and More

Cervantes requires proof of full vaccination, 14 days from the last dose. Additionally, negative test results will not be accepted. Be sure to have your vaccination card ready to be checked at the front door. Lastly, we can’t wait for this Thursday, and to see what other grand talent Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom will be bringing to Shift Thursdays! 

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Late Night Radio: The Exclusive Interview

Late Night Radio comes to The Ogden for his long-awaited return on November 20th. Joined by the infamous Michael Menert, Bad Snacks, Def3, and Kaptain, the electro-funk DJ is a local favorite and never fails to put on a blast of a show every time. The budding producer and DJ, who’s real name is Alex Medellin, grew up around music, attending church and experiencing live music from a very young age. Gospel progressions, hip-hop, and funk sounds have played a huge role in influencing Medellin’s sound.

The multi-faceted and genre-bending DJ brings a fusion of live instrumentation plus the more electronic elements which combine to create sets of pure magic. We sat down with the artist to chat about his upcoming Ogden show in Denver! Check it out below.

The Man Behind The Beats

Getting Into the Interview

Late Night Radio: The Official Interview

Party Guru Press: Hey there! We’re stoked you’re coming to The Ogden. What do you remember about your Denver fans that you’re ready to experience again on November 20?

LNR: The feeling of community and family.

Party Guru Press: What is one memory you have from Denver that you’ll always remember?

LNR: The Sunday release party will always have a special place in my heart.

Party Guru Press: How would you say your style has evolved since you first became an artist?

LNR: Really I’m just more comfortable in doing whatever I feel at the moment.

Party Guru Press: How will this set differ from your last?
LNR: New music….

Party Guru Press: Do you have any upcoming releases or projects we should know about? What about merchandise?
LNR: Ya, I’m in the process of wrapping up my new bass heavy Ep Back Around 

Party Guru Press: What does a typical day in your life look like?
LNR: I’m pretty much either holed up in the studio or romping around a river somewhere in the mountains fly fishing. 

Party Guru Press: If you could describe your sound in 3 words, what would they be?
LNR: Keep Soul Alive

Party Guru Press: Where do you see yourself as an artist in the next 5 years? 10?
LNR: 10 years ago I could have never imagined being able to have the life I have now so I have no idea. 

Party Guru Press: Any upcoming festivals or events you’re playing?
LNR: NYE Philos Takeover in Detroit is going to be one for the books. 

Party Guru Press: Last question…do you consider yourself a Party Guru?
LNR: Well since I can count the amount of afterparties I’ve been to my entire career on two hands I’d say no. 

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We’d like to say thank you to Alex for taking the time to chat with us before his headlining show. We’re stoked to check out the infamous Late Night Radio at one of Denver’s best venues, The Ogden Theater. If you enjoy funky beats and DJ’s that bring a level of talent unlike any other, this show is for you. Grab your tickets below before they sell out!

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An Interview With Future Joy

Up and coming musical duo Future Joy has been blazing a trail of success for themselves for the past 2 years. They’ve began making quite a name for themselves in a relatively short amount of time and have become one of the most exciting funk and bass music duos to keep our eyes on. 

We’re thrilled to say that we’ve recently had the chance to get to know them a little better and ask a few questions in the form of an email interview. The eclectic duo filled us in with the details behind their newest single “Triple Stack” featuring Vibe Street. They’ve also let us in on some of their biggest musical inspirations as well as some backstory on themselves as artist on their journey into and through the music scene both as individuals and as a duo.

Interview: Future Joy

Party Guru Press: Lets start by talking about your newest single “Triple Stack” with Vibe Street. The song is funky and upbeat and seems like it would’ve been a lot of fun to work on…

-What was the best part of working on this new release?

-Is there anything worth telling telling about the creative process that shaped this one?

-What is your relationship with Vibe Street like and are there any plans to work with them again in the future?

Future Joy: We met Ben, aka Vibe Street at Mad Mountain festival in Casper, WY the summer of 2020. We brought our RV/renegade stage and were able to jam with him after his sets. We hit the road full-time shortly after.

In November we headed back to Colorado for some other recording sessions and got word that Ben and our friend Austin were working on music. We drove straight through from Arizona, arrived around 2am and started recording. We spent the whole weekend working on a few different projects but this song was the most fun.

Austin started with a ukulele bass line, Zach laid Baritone sax, Ben did the rap, Emily played the synth line and sang the backups, Kyle was there for moral support- the song was starting to take form. It was truly a family collab! We enjoyed our time hanging at Ben’s studio and I think we would all enjoy making another song together sometime soon.

 

Party Guru Press: So how did you two meet? what initially sparked your creative flow as a duo?

Future Joy: Zach attended a karaoke night that Emily was hosting in May of 2019. We both sang, then Zach asked her to sit in with his band the following night, and we’ve been making music together ever since. This was just the beginning. Now we’ve been living on the road in our RV for over a year and have played 80+ shows!

 

Party Guru Press: You are clearly both quite musically inclined; not just with music production but with actual instruments as well. Of course we know you love to incorporate the saxophone, which you seem to feature feature throughout the majority of your songs…

-So where did that all come from? What got you started playing music and specifically saxophone in the first place?

Future Joy: Zach started playing saxophone in fifth grade. Emily started piano lessons in grade school and classical vocal trining in high school. We both spent the last 10 years as club/bar DJs. So we were well trained in the dj/electronic side, as well as many other genres of music.

Zach has always been playing sax with DJs, so combining the live element with the tracks just made sense. Emily had been singing in bands, and playing bedroom piano, so it also made sense to start combining everything. We added the piano to the set last winter and its been fun to watch the project grow.

 

Party Guru Press: How has your creative process evolved since you originally began your musical journey? Do you have a routine for producing? Also how does that reflect in your newest project?

Future Joy: Our only routine for producing is to get friends involved. Collaboration is really what takes our songs to the next level. On this project Ben and especially Austin wanted to stay behind the scenes though, so you only get his first name and no artist name. Hehe..

Party Guru Press: Who are your biggest influences or other artists within your genre that have helped inspire your style of music? And do you ever take influence from artist that aren’t necessarily in the same realm or genre that you produce? Have any of them added any additional inspiration to your new release? Or any of your releases?

Future Joy: Zach grew up in Denver playing funk, jam, and electronic. The scene in Denver is so eclectic it really helped him expand his sax playing and enjoyment of many genres. In electronic Music; Daft Punk, Deadmau5, and Excision are early inspirations. On the Sax Sonny Rollins, and Skerik are his big inspirations.

Emily grew up outside Chicago and House music runs through her veins. She had the chance to see world-class acts come through the city and takes inspiration from Anabel Englund, Nicolas Jaar, and Disclosure. She spent the past 9 years DJing and singing at weddings and corporate events so musical diversity was important. It’s fun to be able to play funk, pop, dance, house, rock, hip hop, dub, and bass all at the same party. We strive to stay eclectic in our Future Joy sets too.

Party Guru Press: So 2021 looks like it has been a busy year for you two… Whats been some of the biggest highlights so far?

Future Joy: We had some great shows and festivals this year. Notably: Fool’s Engagement Festival in Branford, FL and being able to fill-in last minute for Russ Liquid, opening for Manic Focus in Gainesville. FL. We also had a blast at our Denver homecoming at Your Moms House in July.

Party Guru Press: We see that you have a show coming up in Denver on October 15th at Summit Music Hall… Are you excited for this one?

-What can we expect to hear from you that night?

-Any chances of bringing out Vibe Street when playing that new tune?

Future Joy: We are sooooo excited for Summit! We got to link up with Float Like A Buffalo in Tulsa, OK last week and the show was huge energy. Denver get readyyyy!!! We plan to play high energy and show Denver a taste of everything we got. We brought Vibe Street to play the collab at our headliner back in July, but since we’re opening we probably won’t have features on October 15th at Summit. We may or may not be joining the Float guys for a special encore though, wink wink. Its also our last show in town before we head south!

Party Guru Press: Anything exciting happening for the remainder of the year? What plans or goals can you share with us regarding performances or new music leading up to 2022 and beyond?

Future Joy: Performing at Summit in Denver and then we truck it to 10.23 at VooSwar in Atlantic Beach, FL and then 10.28 we’re bringing our renegade RV stage to Hulaween. After that we have some festivals in December and February already coming together in Florida. We don’t want to see anymore snow, so find us down south for winter. 🙂 We have big plans of hitting every festival we possibly can next summer!

Party Guru Press: So tell us… how is your biggest canine supporter, Gus doing? Still Repping the “Future Joy” merch?

Future Joy: Gus is the best!!! We adopted him last October while on the road in Virginia. So he was there while the song was created. He loves the road and we truly think he saved ussss!!! FurrGusSon Joy our saviorrrr!!

Party Guru Press: Lastly, we’d love to know… would you two consider yourselves “Party Gurus”!?

Future Joy: We Definitely consider ourselves Party Gurus! We linked up for a stream back in 2020 and we’ve been on the guru train ever since. Woo! 

With all the excitement around their newest single as well as their ambitious plans for the coming year, Future Joy is without a doubt among the most exciting up and coming duos to look out for. Their future shows featuring their marvelously wide range of genres and high energy performances are something worth getting excited about. 

Their desire for a friends and family environment within each of their projects is admirable and inspiring, as is their passion for collaboration with equally exciting artists. Its clear that they thrive off of the creative freedom that comes with sharing thoughts and ideas with like-minded artists who share similar musical visions. That is something that reflects highly throughout their latest release. 

We’d like to thank them for their time spent getting back to us for the interview, and we thoroughly look forward to watching the progress of this incredibly promising duo. We’re wishing them the very best with all of their future endeavors. Thank you, Future Joy!

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LISTEN TO THEIR NEWEST SINGLE: “TRIPLE STACK FT. VIBE STREET”

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Mile High Concert with Em Possible, Know Self

EM POSSIBLE

Last Sunday, singer-songwriter extraordinaire Em Possible put on a mesmerizing concert. It was at Mile High Spirits in downtown Denver. She hails from the mile high city herself. Em has been singing since before she could talk. She’s spoken and performed at TEDx events. You might have seen her at Denver’s Stars and Stripes Streetfest this summer. Now, her albums Stupid Love and Time are available everywhere.

Following Em tonight was talented rapper Know Self. He formally calls himself Knowledge Thyself. During the concert, the rapper translated his name into his art exceptionally. Know Self‘s mission is to heal and activate through music. His top songs are “Conscious Thought” and “The Healing.” Clearly, his music is full of philosophy and enlightenment. Check out his recent album Flight of the Phoenix.

Accompanied by a lively band, Em Possible’s voice hypnotized the audience immediately. Ranging from sweet and raspy to funky and resounding, the artist defined herself tonight as truly genre-defying. Her performance was sweet yet spicy. It was girly yet, funky. Also, soothing yet, invigorating. Above all, angsty electric guitar accentuated powerful vocals perfectly. The downtown street echoed her unique sound as concertgoers enjoyed the show. Ted Kleist on the guitar truly showed out.

Em’s most entrancing moment was her performance of “Monday Morning.” Raw emotion from the singer filled the venue during this song. Immediately, the funky ballad echoed an excellent combination of soul and rock. Then, she closed her part of the concert with a cover of Emotional Oranges’ “West Coast Love”. Em’s voice complemented the lyrics and vibes with perfect precision. The artist added an edgy twist to the cool beach bop.

Em Possible and Know Self performed a surprise collaboration. Her lovely vocals and his hype lines bounced off each other in awesome harmony. The intimate venue glowed with pink and purple, blue and green lights. Enchantingly, the unexpected duo collaborated onstage. In conclusion, this collaboration cemented the night as fantastically genre-defying.

Spiritual rapper Know Self followed Em’s wonderful set. Refined and uplifting, Know Self’s lyrics took Mile High Spirits on a journey of encouraging enlightenment. It is no exaggeration to say that Know Self was absolutely spitting bars. Continually, I was impressed by his smooth voice and flawless delivery. DJ Roadhouse’s harmonic melodies complemented the rapper’s words. The lyrics were enlightening. Vulnerably, his words were raw and real. No doubt about it, Know Self is a rapper to look out for.

Chat With Em Possible

I caught up with Em Possible after her captivating set. Have a look into her artistic development:

Question: Who inspired you to make music?

Em: My friend Craig in high school taught me how to play a little bit of guitar. Unfortunately, he passed away a year after. I felt like I had to keep going for him.

Question: Which person would you love to collaborate with? Dead or alive?

Em: Amy Winehouse! Someone alive, though, who inspired me to step outside my comfort zone, would be ZZ Ward.

Question: How would you describe your music?

Em: Funk rock!

Party Guru has a full interview with Em Possible by Danielle Sparano here.

Go check out these two superb artists!

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