Turkuaz with Eminence Ensemble @ OGDEN THEATRE

AEG Presents & Cervantes' Masterpiece Ballroom Present

Turkuaz with Eminence Ensemble @ OGDEN THEATRE

Sat, February 16, 2019

9:00 pm

$25

This event is 16 and over

Turkuaz
Turkuaz
Turkuaz is a 9-piece power funk army hailing from Brooklyn, NY whose modern twist on the classic sound has placed them at the forefront of a new funk evolution. With the obvious influences—Parliament, Sly & The Family Stone, Rick James and Earth, Wind & Fire—as the basis for a recipe, Turkuaz adds healthy doses of jittery, world-pop-dance groove—reminiscent of Remain In Light era Talking Heads—and a passion for Motown and R&B into the mix, resulting in a refreshing twist on the funk idiom that could be described as part freight train and part tyrannosaurus rex.

Credible bios are supposed to be objective and not full of superlatives and hyperbole, but it’s hard to avoid gushing when the subject is a group of multi-instrumentals and singers that is who—even on an off night—can blow away a room on the basis of sheer physics alone. Turkuaz certainly does have size in their favor, but when broken down into the basic components, each stands out on their own. Founders Dave Brandwein and Taylor Shell had the cream of the crop to choose from at Berklee, but making it happen as a large touring ensemble takes more than chops: it takes the right blend of personalities. When Turkuaz takes the stage the chemistry is clear. The special combination of elements—singers in sequined dresses, guys in tails (or sometimes all of them in jumpsuits or other complimentary outfits) horns, keys, guitars, amps and drums and smiles all around… well, it’s easy to get caught up in the explosive auditory and visual circus and find oneself dancing. Despite all of the gear and people on stage, it is becomes clear that it is not the size that matters here: it is soul and performance.
Eminence Ensemble
Eminence Ensemble
While Eminence Ensemble’s musicianship impresses most, it’s their ability to cross and bend genres so fluidly, meticulously and with purpose that sends fans  on a unique journey. The 6-piece band takes you down the rabbit hole with soulful vocals and playful lyrics to reach new levels of transcendence. EE waits for no one and their tenacity is real.

Despite attempts at categorizing Eminence Ensemble, the band has interest and heart for every genre and has devoted its craft to making you feel as if you too are a part of the journey. When
you attend an Eminence show, you’ll hear influences from 80s hard rock, 70s soul and funk and 00s R&B. Their live shows are hard to pinpoint, as seamless as they are bizarre, playful as they are razor sharp, but never dull or easily replicated. The Denver-based sextet has performed at Electric Forest, Euphoria Music Festival, The Werk Out, Friendly Gathering and more. Eminence Ensemble is more than just a rock band, they’re a rock band who jams with heart and soul. Fans can expect their new, highly-anticipated sophomore album fall 2017.
Venue Information:
Ogden Theatre
935 East Colfax Avenue
Denver, CO, 80218
http://www.ogdentheater.net