EVENT SPOTLIGHT & TICKET GIVEAWAY: Russ Liquid Test @ The Fox Theatre

“Sometimes we don’t even realize what we really care about, because we get so distracted by the symbols.” ― Tom WolfeThe Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test

Today this quote has me thinking…What do I really care about???

Simple Answer: MUSIC & LOVE.

Calling all experimental music lovers! This one is sure to be full of LOVE. That is why we are giving away a free pair of tickets and calling this a HOT TICKET ALERT. This show is sure to MOVE YOU TO THE BEAT. The artwork for this tour alone, speaks volumes for the promise of GROOVY VIBES sure to be brought by all artist involved. I hope to see you there!

The Russ Liquid Test with Maddy O’Neal

Doors – 8:30 PM // Show – 9:00 PM
All Ages – Adv: $15.00 DOS: $20.00 // + $2.00 for Under 21



Redefining the possibilities of modern music, The Russ Liquid Test fuses the raw vitality of classic funk and the inventive sound design of the electronic production. Songwriter/producer and renowned brass specialist Russell Scott heads up the New Orleans-based band. Guitarist Andrew Block and drummer Deven Trusclair round things out, with each providing a distinct musical background deeply rooted in the New Orleans jazz scene. Their debut EP 1984 featured an eclectic array of guest collaborators such as Mr. Lif and Ivan Neville—successfully creating an auditory canvas to forge The Russ Liquid Test’s irresistibly soulful future-vintage stylings.

A kinetic energy infuses each track on 1984. Giving way to a mixture of funk/jazz/electro, The Russ Liquid Test evokes a kaleidoscope of textures, senses, and moods. Featuring Ivan Neville on keyboards and the Funky Meters’ Russell Batiste Jr. on drums, the effervescent and synth-heavy title track “speaks about the current state of America from the perspective of an outsider,” as described by Scott. Lead single “Honesty,” meanwhile, finds The Russ Liquid Test slipping into a woozy psychedelia, offset by a brilliantly structured dichotomy introduced in its second-line-inspired groove.

At the heart of The Russ Liquid Test is an improv-driven musicality that began with Scott’s taking up classical piano. After spending several years playing in a jazz quintet on cruise ships and touring with psychedelic ska band Uprite Dub Orchestra, his one-of-a-kind artistry was unveiled in the genre-busting musical performance group MarchFourth Marching Band. Capable of playing the trumpet and saxophone, Scott quickly began experimenting with electronic music, eventually adopting the moniker of Russ Liquid. As his full-length debut, 2013’s Foreign Frequency showcased a forward-thinking mentality and fearless vision, anchored by an incomparable knowledge of music as a whole. “I wanted new colors to paint with,” says Scott of his foray into electronic music. “I kind of look at the electronic world as this whole other color palette, compared to the traditional sounds we’ve been working with for the past however many years.”

While on tour with Gramatik in 2014, Scott crossed paths with Block and discovered the duo’s shared musical tastes and philosophies. A South Florida native, Block grew playing guitar in his local Pentecostal church. “I wasn’t religious, I just wanted to play at that church because the music there was amazing,” says Block. He later relocated to New Orleans, pursuing his dream of becoming a full-time musician. The guitarist’s legendary endeavors reached fellow purveyors of soul/funk/R&B, ranging from Pretty Lights to New Orleans icon Dr. John. Capable of collaborating and working as a solo artist without missing a beat, Block released his 2014 debut You Can Only Go Up From Here on Gramatik’s independent label Lowtemp.

In the making of 1984, The Russ Liquid Test compounded their potent chemistry by bringing in a lineup of equally impassioned musicians. “Coming from a background of playing in bands and then getting into electronic music, I’d really missed having that interaction with other musicians,” says Scott. “The most rewarding thing for me is being able to bounce ideas off other people, so that the music ends up having more than just one person’s vibe to it. Ultimately it lets you give the audience even more to connect with.”

The studio workhorses have already begun working on a sophomore EP. The Russ Liquid Test also presents a joyful sense of synergy in their high-powered live shows, with recent appearances including Shambhala Music Festival, Lightning in a Bottle, Summer Camp, and Sonic Bloom, among others. No matter the setting, a clear multidimensionality can always be heard in The Russ Liquid Test’s projects. “We want to make people feel good but also give them something to reflect with,” says Scott. “It’s not about just making party music or music that’s more introspective—it’s for the full gamut of human expression, and we want it to be just as dynamic as life itself.”






One of our favorite bands of all time Tribal Seeds just released a new album “Roots Party” and are out on tour! They headline THREE NIGHTS in COLORADO with special guest The Original Wailers and The Expanders starting next week. Catch them at the intimate The Aggie Theatre Thursday 1/25, Friday 1/26 in Colorado Springs at The Black Sheep & Saturday 1/27 at Boulder Theater. We are hooking up one lucky winner with a pair of tickets to the show on Saturday in Boulder! Click the link below to enter & we hope to see you at the party!

1/25 TIX – RSVP: Aggie Theatre · Fort Collins 

1/26 TIX – RSVP: Colorado Springs . The Black Sheep

1/27 TIX – RSVP: Boulder Theater · Boulder



Tribal Seeds
WATCH: http://bit.ly/293zVth

The Original Wailers
WATCH: http://bit.ly/2iAjZ7G

The Expanders
WATCH: http://bit.ly/2iyTHmv

LISTEN TO “Roots Party” HERE:






EVENT SPOTLIGHT & TICKET GIVEAWAY: Purple Couch All Stars ft. Gladkill, PRSN, Cualli, & more 11/30 at The Black Box in Denver!

The only thing constant in life is CHANGE. Sometimes change comes easily and sometimes it comes in a series of somewhat challenging transformations that are presented in our lives in order to help us GROW. We are faced with choices every day that ask us to take risks that sometimes have unpredictable outcomes. My mom told me when I was young, “If you get invited to a party and have no reason not to go then GO. Because you never know who you might meet or what that might lead too”.

I was invited to some of Jason Burruss’s private gatherings at his old home in Evergreen, CO and although I did not know Jason well before, I am really thankful that I had the courage to attend these parties anyway. I was nervous about going to a party where I didn’t know the main host at first (I was invited by a mutual friend), but I did end up knowing some of the people at these events and the people I didn’t know and ended up meeting there, Jason Burrus included, without a doubt CHANGED MY LIFE. Brought together by FATE & PURPLE CRYSTAL MAGIC, the relationships I developed and the influence of the people I met at the very first “Purple Couch” parties helped me recognize the CHANGES I needed to make in myself to live my DREAMS and jumpstart my career. For this, I would like to say today that I am humbled and SO GRATEFUL

It has been beautiful to watch both The Black Box and the Purple Couch crew evolve and blossom into what they are now. The level of professionalism and light & sound production value these crews bring to everything they do is really special and something to experience for yourself. I invite you to come join me in experiencing the next chapter of Purple Couch Denver events. A dual room Purple Couch curated bass music event at  The Black Box coming up Nov 30th. Details & a chance to win FREE TICKETS to the show below!



~ Main Stage ~

Purple Couch All Stars (Denver and Humboldt)
Premiere live performance featuring
Dillard (Fx & Keys) (https://soundcloud.com/dillard) 
Av8trix (Live Mix) (https://soundcloud.com/lokiav8trix)
Cualli (Guitar) (https://soundcloud.com/cualli)
Precious Hill (Vocals) (https://soundcloud.com/precious-hill-1)
Erothyme (Keys & Vocals) (https://soundcloud.com/erothyme)
Jason Burruss (Percussion & Mashups) (https://soundcloud.com/jason-burruss)

Gladkill (Oakland)

PRSN (Portland)


Droplitz Art & Music (Denver)

~ Lounge Stage ~

Antandra (Denver)

Cualli (Denver)

Erothyme (Denver)

Stay tuned to our announcements of the next Purple Couch x Black Box shows:

Set Times:

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